Technical stuff, my equipment and why I am adicted to Canon .....
Although I believe it doesn't really matter, what is between your eye and the object you are trying to bann on film or chip (if a certain level of quality is maintained, though), some people - and I count myself as one of them - are quite interested in technology, cameras, lenses and it's origination.
I am focussed on Canon gear. Not because I contribute to much to the discussions like "Nikon versus Canon" - except to annoy a good friend using Nikon. I believe many brands are really good and there is no doubt you can produce perfect pictures with many systems.
The reason for my affection is simple enough: My father had a Canon AE-1, which I also started my trip into SLR photography. I stuck with it. The SLR bodies and lenses changed, not the brand - it never dissapointed me. In general I try to use as much "Original Canon" equipment as affordable, since I once had serious trouble with OEM lenses on my old EOS50D.
Below you find my current inventory, it is a "living list" as I continously work on improving and extending it.
The most recent extended changes resulted in going to the Canon mirrorless fullframe series with a EOS R. A good choice I found out - the quality difference between APS-C format and full-frame is relevant, especially regarding available light photography. From the 6D to the EOS R another jump into better image quality and improved noise performance was clearly noticeable
The most-used 24-105 EF variant was in the same step replaced by the RF 24-105, and the lens adapters with adjust ring and polarizer added to adapt the existing EF lenses.
Also on the tele side I did a large investment on the Sigma 60-600 variant of the Sports series replacing the 150-600), which is not a Canon lens, but affordable with great mechanics and excellent optical characteristics. The 150-600 survived a winter storm at the North Sea drowning it with salt water spray, hail and finally covering it with sand. It survived gracefully proving the manufacturers promises! The newest changes concerin filters: Leaving plastic gradual filters and going for the optical glas ones in a completely different price (and quality) class, including the ND ones and polarizer.
Camera & FlashEOS R + BG-E22
Canon Speedlite 580 EXII
3x Godox TT685 Flashlight
Godox X Pro Controller
Godox X1R Receiver
Manfrotto CarbonN°One 441 Tripod
Manfrotto befree carbon
Hama C14 and BW polarizing and grey filters
LEE 100mm Filterholder
HAIDA Pro II MC Optical 150 mm x 100 mm GND Soft Edge Gardual Filter 0,9 (8x)
HAIDA Pro II MC 150 mm x 100 mm GND Hard Edge ND0.9 8x
LEE Filters 105mm Landscape Polariser Circular
Rollei Mark II Rev. GND8
Rollei F:X Pro Long Exposure Set ND
Lowepro PhotoTrekker AW (photo backpack)
Lowepeo ProTatcic Lesn Exchaneg 200AW
Lowepro Slingshot 302AW
Lowepro ProTactic 450 photo backpack
xrite i1 Display
EF 16-35/4.0 L IS USM
RF 24-105/4,0 L IS USM
EF 85/1,2 L II USM
EF 100mm 2,8 L IS USM
EF 70-200/2.8 L IS USM II
Sigma 60-600/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports
Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye
2x Multiblitz Profilux 600 studio flashes (location set)
2x Multiblitz Profilux 400 studio flashes
75x75 Multiblitz Softbox (PROFEX-75N)
50x50 Multiblitz Softbox (PROFEX-50N)
Fresnel Lens for Multiblitz (PROFRE)
Memory2x SanDisk Extreme ProSDHC 32GB
2x SanDisk Extreme SDHC 16GB
3x Sony SF-32UX2 SDHC 32GB
2x Lexar Professional 1667x 64GB SDXC UHS-II
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Adobe Photoshop V21.2
PanoramaStudio 2 Pro (tshsoft)
My technical history:
As you will see I'm only using digital SLR gear. Before I switched to the digital world I worked hybrid with film scanner and slide films for many years (EOS6, EOS50E, EOS3). Back then I preferred films with high color saturation such as Kodak EBX100 or Fujichrome Velvia 50.
After nearly two years of back and forth regarding digital photography I finally couldn't resist and stepped over to a digital SLR body: First the EOS20D, in the meantime the EOS 30D, the 50D, the EOS7D, the EOS 6D and finally the step to full frame mirrorless with the EOS R. With some regret leaving the analogue domain totally, I love the digital world due to it's possibilities regarding direct picture/histogram control and the freedom with a large Flash-card instead of lots of film rolls with associated costs.
© Stefan Sattler, Mr.Mooseman - Last update: 22.08.2020