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My Gear

What kind of gear do I use? Here’s a quick list what’s currently in my camera bag and lighting kit. As I write up reviews of these products on the blog, I plan on including links to those reviews from here.

Camera

Canon EOS Rebel T1i. This is my first dSLR, and I purchased it back in the fall of 2009. It’s served me well over the years, and it’s still ticking despite clocking 10-20,000 photos a year. I plan on upgrading to a Canon EOS Rebel T3i or a Canon EOS 7D within the next year or so. I’ll keep the T1i around as a back-up, but I can’t imagine it’ll survive as a main camera for too much longer…

Lenses

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. This is my go to lens for a lot of stuff. I bought it shortly after I got my Canon t1i in December 2009. The Canon 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 that I got with my camera was ok at photographing daytime football games, but it was pretty crummy at night football, indoor track, basketball, and wrestling. The Sigma lens, with its larger f/2.8 aperture, solved those problems.
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. This “kit” lens leaves some things to be desired, like a larger wide-open aperture. However, it still serves me ok as a standard lens for events / parties. Inside, the flash compensates fairly well for the aperture, and outside there’s enough sunlight. I would love to upgrade to a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L or a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8, but that won’t be anytime too soon.
Canon 85mm f/1.8. This is an awesome lens, but I don’t use it as often as I thought I would. It doesn’t have the versatility that the other two lenses do, although the image quality is great. I use it from time to time for portrait work, and I’ve also used it for some sports (mostly wrestling).

Flashes

Canon Speedlite 430EX II. This is my go to speedlite. Use it any time there’s an indoor event, and I’ve used it outdoors for a fill light from time to time. I wish it had the extra power that the Canon Speedlite 580EX II has for bouncing indoors, but I can certainly live with the 430.

Bags

Canon 200DG Bag. I bought this shortly after I got my Canon t1i. It replaced an old bag that started ripping and, although it is starting to wear itself, I started using it again after the replacement bag fell apart. It’s not quite rugged enough for all the crap I haul around in this bag, but it’s survived. Let’s hope it survives a little longer…

About Digital Photography How To

Digital Photography How To is intended to be a guide to people learning how to use their digital SLR cameras. Three years ago, I had never picked up a camera; now, I produce a yearbook every year and I moonlight as a professional photographer.

I write this website to share what I've learned in that time. The topics will range from truly beginners topics, to tutorials for post processing, to resources for yearbook and graphic design, to thoughts on transitioning from a hobbyist to a professional. Keep up to date by subscribing to the RSS feed.

About the Author

Digital Photography How To is written by Brian Rock. In addition to being a photographer, he's an educator. He teaches high school history, he's the advisor of the school yearbook, and he trains his kids to do all of the photography for the yearbook.

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