My Camera Equipment
I’ve gotten a couple of e-mails in the past few months asking about the camera equipment that I use for the photography here on southernmother.com, on Facebook, and on my photography website, ricordiphotography.com.
Well, here it is!
Any time I think I can possibly get away with it, I’m toting my DSLR – a Canon Rebel XSi. ¬†In terms of¬†league of camera, no, it’s not all that great.
But I still love it.
But I’m still swooning over a super duper wonderful dreamy Canon 5D Mark II. ¬†Anyone care to donate about $2500?
Anyway, I have the XSi body – which is lightyears better than any point & shoot camera (that’s what we “photographers” call any non-DSLR camera) – and my favorite lens is my Canon 50MM 1.8 prime.
The f/1.8 is absolutely wonderful for portraits (great bokeh in the background & prime lenses are known for being sharper), but it’s important to consider that since it is a prime (a prime lens is the opposite of zoom lense), basically you are the zoom. ¬†When you’re shooting, make sure you have enough room to back up & scoot forward to get everything you want in the frame in there.
My XSi came with this kit lens, the¬†Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.
I used primarily this¬†lens¬†for the first couple years I had my XSi. ¬†It’s a good lens for everyday shooting, since the zoom range goes from pretty close to pretty far away. ¬†It’s not the sharpest or most well-built lens, and if it hadn’t been the kit lens (that means it’s the lens that came with the camera body) I probably wouldn’t have spent the $140-something bucks to buy it, I would’ve saved my money and gotten a wide-angle lens that’s better built (I’ve had my eye on the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5). ¬†That being said – since I don’t have the spare $800 to buy the wide-angle lens I just mentioned – it definitely has been nice to have this lens in my bag when I don’t have room to step back to use my 50mm or this lens:
The Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 – a pretty decent zoom lense for the price (about $200)! ¬†They were giving me a deal on it when I bought my camera (Black Friday) so I ended up with this in my bag from the get-go. ¬†I haven’t used it much, but it’s nice to know that if I need a “telephoto” lens, I’ve got this in my bag.
A few weeks ago, I finally broke down and bought this flash, the Canon Speedlite 580EX II. ¬†It’s amazing. ¬†I knew I wanted the head to swivel so I could bounce it off the ceiling or walls, it takes AA batteries (I use rechargeable Energizers) and is super powerful. ¬†I put off buying a good flash for a looong time, but the breaking point was trying to do this photoshoot and this photoshoot indoors with only my Light Scoop. ¬†Speaking of the Light Scoop…
It’s an awesome tool to have in your camera bag. ¬†It works by slipping in the hotshoe on the top of your DSLR, you pop up your built-in flash, and BAM! ¬†The angled mirror bounces the flash off whatever you have the mirror pointed at (a ceiling under 12′ or a white wall works best) and evenly distributes the flash over whatever you’re shooting. ¬†It’s a freakin’¬†miracle¬†worker. ¬†Seriously. ¬†Take a look:
The reason, though, that the Light Scoop isn’t great for all situations is this: it is only as fast and powerful as your built-in flash is. ¬†When I was taking the pictures of those two adorable little guys I mentioned before, I missed a TON of great shots because my flash was recycling (and the recycling gets slower and slower the longer you use it). ¬†It is very, very frustrating. ¬†But, at $25 apeice (there’s the regular version – shown above – and a warming version with a brown tinted mirror), they’re so affordable that it’s silly not to get one or two. ¬†Mine has saved many, many, many of my indoor photos.
That’s pretty much it for my DSLR stuff.
My point & shoot camera is a¬†Canon Powershot SD960 IS ($179 on Amazon). ¬†It’s totally awesome. ¬†The best point & shoot I’ve ever had (my old Kodak V1253 is a close second), in pretty much every situation.
As you can tell, I’m a Canon girl. ¬†My first camera was actually an HP (thanks Mom!), and I’m not sure when I converted, honestly. ¬†I’ve heard a lot of good things about Nikon (Canon’s primary DSLR competitor), but each brand has it’s strong points & weak points. ¬†The important thing is that you pick a brand & stick with it! ¬†It’d be a shame to invest in a body and a few lenses just to change your mind.
What do you use? ¬†Do you have anything to add? ¬†Feel free to ask any questions you might have!