What do you shoot with? 2018 Edition!

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Bill Anderson

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It has been five years since Brad asked about our photography equipment. I assume some of us have made changes since then.

[All cameras and lenses are Canon unless otherwise noted]

My current arsenal
5DIII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x teleconverter (tripod moounted) for nature photography.
1Dx + 100-400L II telephoto zoom (handheld) for nature photography and trains.
7DII + 4.0/16-35L wide angle zoom (hand held) for trains, landscapes, sunsets, etc.

In reserve
7D and Rebel XSi
24-105L wide angle zoom, 4.0/70-200 medium zoom, and 100-400L telephoto zoom
2x II teleconverter

Recent additions
I purchased a used 1Dx for $1700. I shoot trains and birds in poor light quite often up here in the Puget Sound region and the 1Dx handles high ISO settings much better than my 7DII and 5DIII. I could not afford a new 1Dx at the original M$RP, but I could not pass up this used one, a former Seattle Times camera which had been traded into Kenmore Camera.

I was increasingly unhappy with the photos from my 2.8/17-35L wide angle zoom, an older lens I had purchased used at Kenmore Camera several years ago. Niles at Kenmore put my name on a wish list for a newer wide angle lens should one be traded into Kenmore. A few days later I got a call from Niles about a used 4.0/16-35L. He set it aside for me and I traded in the old 17-35L for it. I am very happy with the lens, which I use in conjunction with the 7DII.

Lots of photographers are dumping their heavy, bulky dSLR sytems for the new lighter, compact mirrorless systems. I would like to hear from you who have done so.
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Tried using a lightweight kit for action photos and was disappointed. The A6000 Sony & lenses didn't seem to be able to keep up with track-speed subjects. I may experiment with different modes but wasn't getting what I wanted on aperture priority. Going back to the Nikon D300 isn't that big a hardship; the lenses are excellent and the body has a longer battery life anyway. Both systems are APS-C, so the format is not an issue. Having been doing some structure photos with an early '50s Franka Rolfix folder (6x7 on 120 film) and getting good results as long as the light is decent. Any suggestions?


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I haven't changed to much, but here is the current lineup.
Canon 5D3 (I have a 5D1 as backup, and I have rented a 5D4 a few times recently)
Canon 400 F2.8L
Canon 70-200 F2.8L
Canon 24-70 F2.8L
Canon 16-35 F2.8L
Canon 50mm 1.8
Canon 2x teleconverter
Canon 1.4x teleconverter

I recently borrowed a Sigma 150-600 and it was awesome!


Engineering Student
Locked in with this "beginner" DSLR bag...
Nikon D3300
Nikon D3400
AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
ME-1 Stereo Microphone


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I usually stick with Nikon brand lenses, but "big glass" isn't affordable. The 500 mm f4 is over $10K. Granted, it's a great lens, but it's not something I foresee buying. I have bought the Tamron 150-600 and I'm pretty happy with it. Is it as good as the Nikon? Of course not! But it's reasonably sharp, and reasonably sharp at 600 mm compares favorably to tack sharp at 200, which is the longest Nikkor lens I have. I've also heard good things about the Sigma Sport 150-600. Again, not as good by any means, but at under $1K for the Tamron and about $1500 for the Sigma, they're not bad if you're on a budget.


Check for used equipment. I have bought several of my pricier pieces of equipment used from a local camera store. I recommend getting a zoom of at least 400mm in case you want to take up nature photography. No sense in getting any closer to that alligator than you already did.

I've bought all my gear refurbished. Definitely the way to go. The next telephoto I buy will be that Sigma 150-600mm. More for airshows than trains though. 300mm is plenty for most shots in Houston. Dangerous wildlife is part of the challenge. And it wasn't more than 3' if that, nothing I can't handle.


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My gear has almost completely changed from 5 years ago. Went full frame Nikon digital two years ago.

Nikon D3
Nikon D700
Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8
Nikon 28-70 f/2.8
Nikon 35-70 f/2.8
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 85mm f/1.8
Nikon 80-200 f/2.8
Tokina 300mm f/2.8
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Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
I recently purchased a used Canon 2x III teleconverter which replaces the 1.4x III teleconverter I kept attached to my 500L telephoto lens. I traded in my 2x II teleconverter, which I never used because of the "soft" images it produced. I am very happy with the images produced by the 2x III TC.

The 500L telephoto lens + 2x III teleconverter is for wildlife, but I use the combo to take special railroad photos, such as Itsed65 super compressed telephoto shots.

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
My gear has almost completely changed from 5 years ago. Went full frame Nikon digital two years ago.
If you have the $$$$, full frame is definitely the way to go up here in the Pacific Northwet. I shoot in low light and my cameras with crop frame sensors do not handle high ISO settings as well as my full frame models.


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I'm glad to hear you like the III better. My 2x isn't sharp, but from the people I have talked to said its because I have the old 400mm F2.8 and it works way better with the new one. Unfortunately the new 400 2.8 is $12,000.00

Earlier I mentioned I borrowed the Sigma 100-600mm from a friend. I have now purchased that lens and its been great!


My gear for the past 8 years:
Nikon D90
Nikkor 18-105mm
Nikkor 55-300mm
Sigma 10-20mm
Last month I upgraded:
Nikon D7200
Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
I have not had the time or weather to really play with my new gear.

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