Introduction

This page is dedicated to present the main bulk of my stuff. I have to emphasize the “main”… of course there are a number of filters and small thingamajigs that doesn’t make it to this page.

Camera

Canon EOS 70D I recently purchased an upgrade from my 400D which I think I’ve had since it came out – more or less. Oh, and what an upgrade it is! Love the new camera. I mean they both basically do the same thing (if you forget about the WiFi and video compatibility), but the new sensor has really improved. I’m still learning all the new features such as off-camera flash etc.

Also, I’ve equipped the body with a battery pack. It adds in weight but I do love the portrait grip.

Lenses

Sigma EX 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Aspherical It was a bit faulty even on my old EOS 3 (35mm film camera) and would sometimes get stuck with the aperture blades. I don’t think it works at all on digital cameras. And I don’t think I’m going to bother to have it re-chipped. Could perhaps be used for reverse lens macro photography but it has a whopping filter size of 82mm. Don’t think there even is such an adapter and I can’t stop it down manually.

Sigma DC EX 18-50mm f/2.8 Macro This is my go-to lens for all general photography. Wide enough to use for landscapes and with a moderate tele, due to crop size, on the other zoom end it also works for portraits. Wile it is not excellent at anything, it is not really bad at anything either.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 The cheapest lens on the market? It’s not a bad piece of plastics. And it’s certainly light-weight. I’ve used in once in a while when weight is an issue. Considering getting a real pancake lens and really slim down.

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X M100 AF Pro D My newest member in the family. It is really fun. It is sharp according to my standards and works well for both macro and portrait photography. Albeit, most lenses do work in studio photography since they will more likely than not be stopped down to f8 or more.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM This has to be my favorite lens. It was perfect for portraits back in the film days. I still love it for outside portraits. For indoor photography, there might not be enough room.

Sigma 300mm f/4 APO Macro Not really a macro (1:2) but a great long prime lens. It won’t stop down in digital cameras so I’m having it re-chipped. It is not Sigma that re-chips. Sigma USA claims that it is a myth and that they have never done that. Sigma Sweden claims that they are out of parts… Anyway, found a part on the internet and decided it is worth the risk. I’m having a professional electronic engineer doing the soldering.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 I love primes. I didn’t need this lens, seeing as I already have a zoom that covers 24mm and it is with the same maximum aperture. But it’s so small! And the 24mm kind of translates to a 35mm lens in full frame. And that is a very useful prime. So if I take the batterygrip of the camera and use this lens, the camera becomes super light.

Flashes

Yongnuo YN568EXII I took a bit of a hiatus from my photography for a couple of years. I’m now amazed how many more makes there are of everything and how well some of the new competitors are doing. I’m really pleased with this flash and it works as well as my Canon speedlite, if not better.

Canon Speedlite 550EX I actually donated this flash more or less to my husband. He also got custody of the Canon EOS 400D body. Although I borrow it once in a while when I want to use the lens he’s using.

Studio

3 Elinchrome 600Ws Love these. There really, really powerful. Often a bit too much in a small home studio. But still – it’s nice to have that extra umpf!

Seikonic Flashmate L-308B It’s a basic light meter with flash capabilities. It is very simple and does what it is supposed to without any fuss.

Enormous Lastolite reflector/backdrop It is actually not so difficult to fold once you get the hang of it. It a bit too big for a butterfly set up though. I got a slightly cheaper Chinese triangular reflector. It can be white, black, gold and silver and also a diffuser. All for $8. It’s really crazy cheap.

One softbox, a number of different umbrellas, one snoot (love that word) and some grids. A backdrop stand and a blue paper background are my only standard background equipment. Backdrops can always be manufactured. I’ve ordered not less than three backdrops from China. None of them delivered the quality they claimed to. A gray backdrop had a green tint. One was printed with an unaligned printer head. Lots of stripes. The third one was ok but it had been folded so tightly during transport that the print was slightly damaged.

Thingamajigs

If you’re a photographer and an engineer – like me – you’re probably quite fond of the thingamajigs.

Cokin filters I have a number of ND filters, gradiated ND filters, starburst effect filter, soft filter, polarizing filter etc. If you only want to have ONE kind of special effects filter, try the polarizing filter – it is great! You can get one for your biggest filter size and then get a number of stepping rings. Since the prizes nowadays are so low for things like that, I’d much prefer this to the Cokin system which is kind of fiddly.

Small softbox for the speedlites Works pretty well in manual mode. Can get in the way of the metering in which case the speedlite over-shoots.

TriggerTrap Is supposed to give you a lot of capabilities with your android or iphone. But in reality, the most advanced features has only been released for the iphone. TriggerTrap blames the android fragmentation, but to me it is just bad programming. Should you get it if you have an Android device? No, not really. It is quite simple to build one by yourself. Just look at the favorites page where I’ve put in a link to how this is done. It is a fraction of the cost.

Loewpro Minitrekker It was expensive to say the least, but it is still a good fit for my stuff so I’m keeping it. It must have around 14 years on the meter by now. I wonder if it is washable?

Velbon VX-521 Video Tripod Made in the early 80’s perhaps? I don’t know and I don’t care. I’ll get a new one, better suited for the task. But for now, that tripod works well enough given budget limitations. I’m considering a new no-name tripod head. The Velbon tripod has a 1/4″ screw as a head mount screw though… not really standard.

UGEE M1000L graphic pad.  A lot of bang for your buck!