today I am going to talk a bit about the various gear I use to take my pictures. In later posts I am actually going to write reviews of the different pieces of equipment you can find in my photography bag.
I started getting interested in photography like many people when I purchased my first DSLR. It was a Canon Rebel T1i (500d or KissX3). I bought this one in Japan along with the 18-55mm and 55-250mm kit lenses. I did not know anything about taking pictures I knew a just wanted to have more beautiful images than my compact camera could offer.
I shot with this camera for about 3 years. After a while I bought a Canon 15-85mm which was a really nice lense to have, I almost used it exclusively. I learned and failed with it and after a lot of tutorial watching/reading (thanks Scott Kelby and his gang, Trey Ratcliff and other big names in educational photography) I got to a point where I felt limited by my gear.
This year I moved to the Sony NEX system and bought a Sony NEX-6. Even though I had a nice small DSLR I always found an excuse not to bring it with me because it was too big and to heavy to carry. And it was just a Rebel camera! So when it was time to upgrade, I looked a all the options in my budget, from Nikon d600 to Canon 7d, Micro Four Thirds and NEX cameras. I even took test shots side by side with various cameras to see which ones I liked best. I finally made the decision to go with Sony and honestly I am really happy with it so far (but more on that in a review later).
Since I moved from Canon to Sony it meant I had to sell all my previous equipment to get new stuff. I went with the kit lens 16-50 and quickly bought the 2 sigma 19mm and 30mm since I was doing low light photography for a Cabaret troup here in LA. I got these nifty amazing little babies for only 199$ as a pack!
My latest acquisition is the 18-200, a perfect walk around cameras whichs offers me the flexibility that i require when hiking and searching for beautiful landscapes.
Since the 18-200 is neither wide angle nor really long telephoto, I recently purchased 0.43x and a 2,2x converters, I haven't received them yet but I will be posting a review very soon.
Stay tuned for in depth impressions of the NEX stuff!