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 from going full-frame with the EOS6D. A good choice I found out - the quality difference between APS-C format and full-frame is relevant, especially regarding available light photography.
Consequences were to get rid of the 10-22 and go for the 16-35mm. Also on the tele side I did a large investment on the Sigma 150-600, which was not a Canon lens, but affordable with great mechanics and excellent optical characteristics. And it 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: Leaveing platsic gradual filters and going for the optical glas ones in a completely different price (and quality) class.
CameraEOS 6D + BG-E13
Canon Speedlite 580 EXII
Yongnuo Speedlite YN568EX II
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 Sony SF-32UX2 SDHC 32GB
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6
Adobe Photoshop CS5
PanoramaStudio 2 Pro (tshsoft)
Franzis HDR project 3
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 and finally the step to full frame with the EOS 6D. 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: 26.11.2016