Photography 101 – Finding your gear

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Finding your gear for photography can be a very daunting task. And of all the things I wish I had known when heading out there, knowing in what gear to invest would top my list. Cause let’s face it. Everybody has an opinion on what the best gear for you may be. Even though themselves may not even be close to actually do the same things you do they seem to know..

Even worse. Lot of articles and reviews are written by – sorry to say – men who seem to believe they know everything and or anything photography. Or they actually do know everything. At least on a theoretical level and therefor try to push their very much strange and weird ideas and so called truths to anyone willing to fall for it.

My best advise is to trust your instincts. For sports photography of the sort I do, a zoom and a wide angle may work as a charm for some photographers. While others stick to their primes no matter what. A couple of years ago after dropping and breaking my Canon 70-200 2.8 at an event far away from home I suddenly found myself starting to use my Canon 135mm prime for everything.

Initially at the event where the 70-200 said goodbye I struggled like hell to get something decent out of that 135mm. But after that weekend, the lens I originally purchased for indoor events was my number one choice for everything. I still pull it out on bright summer’s days and dark winter nights, Just love it!

New love story.

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Canon 5D IV Canon 100-400mm 4-5.6 II

Since almost two years back in time my go to lens for equestrian sport is the Canon 100-400 4-5.6 II. The high numbers on the aperture doesn’t suit everybody but for me this lens fits like a hand in glove. Never mind the reviews and articles stating it’s a poor mans 400mm.

This lens does everything I ask for it on outdoor events – which is my bread and butter. It delivers pristine quality photos which of course can vary in between cameras and photographers.

And unlike the Canon 200-400 4.0 – which weighs about a ton when you drag it around for 15km –  the 100mm is what makes my choice of lens so much more versatile. Especially for yours truly who hates dragging around two or more cameras at the same time. Cause why some people feel the need to work up to four to six cameras simultaneously I do not and will not understand. At least not within the equestrian community.

If the outcome of the photos would “woaw” me or anyone else for that matter I would get it. But in all honestly so far the woaw factor is missing out regarding these “sherpa style” colleagues of mine. That doesn’t mean I feel superior. I just do my thing and try to do it good. And changing cameras in the middle of action – remote camera excluded – really isn’t my thing. For others it could be like frosting on a cake to work a 300mm alongside with a 70-200mm. While others just work a 200mm and be done with it.

To sum things up. Select the gear that fits you and the things you’d like to shoot with it and make sure you invest wise.

The featured photo is from a show room of equestrian helmets I shot for work the other week. Made with Canon 5D IV and Sigma Art 50mm 1.4. A combo I consider perfect for product photo, interior details and portraits.


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