Favorite Camera Gear
Below is a list of cameras, lenses and resources. The list contains affiliate links, so if it bothers you that I might make enough to make a visit to Starbucks, feel free to open another browesr window and search for the items on your own.
Prior to that I owned a Canon Rebel which is a terrific consumer level camera.
Save up and buy the best lenses you can afford. The lenses truly do make a difference.
My current favorites are:
Canon 50mm f1.4 USM
Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro This lens is so versatile--I use it for close-ups of bugs and flowers, of course. But it makes a terrific portrait lens with hardly any distortion.
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM ultra wide angle lens. LOVE this lens for landscapes!
I also have a Tamron 70-300, but hope someday to be able to purchase a longer telephoto lens. Sometimes 300mm just isn't quite far enough when I'm photographing wildlife.
*I just bought the Tamron 24-70 2.8 and I am in love with it. In fact, I haven't switched lenses since I got it last month!
Maybe you don't want to hassle with heavy cameras and changing lenses. Well, I also have a *Canon Powershot point and shoot for times when I just don't want to haul around a lot of gear. It still has full manual control, (you can shoot completely in automatic, but why would you want to?) and it is compact enough to fit in your purse or jacket pocket. Of course, with smartphones having such great cameras these days, I'm not sure why you would really need a point and shoot.)
*Editor's Note: 2018 There are newer versions of this camera available, but I still do have this one and use it when I want something portable.
Favorite Photography Books
- Digital Photography by Scott Kelby Practical photography advice organized in easy-to-read segments
- Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Peterson
- Rick Sammon's Exploring the Light by Rick Sammon