What Camera Do You Shoot?

Oh, the age old question. What camera do you shoot?  When the question about camera equipment is the first one out of somebody’s mouth, I already know it’s going to be a boring discussion. Who cares, really? Ohhhh-kaay. Go ahead, tell me about which expensive tool you strap to your belt, I know you’re dying to. I’m just going to smile and silently remind myself that we just met & I still need to be polite.
Wait. You know what…scratch that. I have a better idea. Let’s talk about what drives you, what inspires you, what you hope to achieve when you tell a story with your images. That’s much more interesting. Then, after a thoughtful conversation about ideas, the question of camera equipment might become relevant.
In all actuality tools do speak a lot about how a photographer approaches his/her work, what they hope to achieve, what type of thinker they are. I have one photographer friend who uses an 8×10 camera and stands in front of one shot for hours, methodically adjusting every possible control and waiting for the right moment of light to get exactly what she wants; it fits her personality and her work perfectly. I have another friend who uses an old 35mm film camera with a prime 50mm lens to capture her subjects. She later spends hours in a traditional darkroom, not photoshop, working on her prints. Both people end up with art I am proud to hang on my wall. Knowing what camera people use is not devoid of merit but it shouldn’t be the conversation starter. At the end of the day – the tool is just part of the equation.
But anyway, in case you’re curious, here’s my lineup & why I like shooting with these different tools. And (shameless plug here) if you DO need one of the pieces of camera equipment that I shoot with, then by all means, click on the link and add it to your cart! I get a little kickback if you purchase it & that definitely helps me fund the gigantic project that is photographing all of these sites (believe me, it ain’t cheap).

Amanda’s Camera Bag

Lowe Pro Mini Trekker

When I pack this thing just right I can fit my camera body, all 3 lenses, the GoPro & Karma grip, my laptop, external harddrive, battery charger and my power cord. Basically if I arrive somewhere and my luggage doesn't get there - I might not have underwear but I can still start shooting.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

I love this camera for all of the controls, the full frame sensor and the high ISO. The video capabilities are pretty sweet for a DSLR too.

Canon EF 24–105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

This lens is a workhorse. It is so versatile and dependable, it can pretty much get me through anything and it's my go-to lens.

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Ultra Wide Tilt-Shift Lens

I love this lens for shooting architecture. The ability to have a front rise really lets me get closer to tall structures without having the keystone effect make my images look all skewed

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

A strong and practical zoom. Not too big, but big enough.

Benro A48TDS6 Monopod

I like the small footprint and the versatility the video head provides

ONA The Capri Leather Camera Tote Bag - Antique Cognac

This bag is super fashionable for when I want to carry and protect my camera (which is pretty much all the time) but I don’t need all my lenses and accessories that require the big camera backpack. This bag is great for when I go on day trips to a museum that doesn't allow backpacks (and heck no - I’m not going to give all my equipment up in coat check) and then later to dinner or a city walk. It IS on the pricy side, not gonna lie, but I see it as an investment piece.

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