For anyone interested, here is all the camera gear I use for photography.
My camera gear mostly revolves around weight and size. I constantly buy and sell cameras, but currently, I use the full-frame Sony A7C and Sony a5100 camera bodies. I also own the DJI Mavic Mini 2 and use my iPhone when my larger cameras aren’t around.
I’ve gone through a number of cameras. I started with the Nikon D100 back in 2002. I also used the Nikon D800e and switched to the A7rii in 2016. I’ve bought and sold the A7iii and A7riii. They’re great cameras, but the A7C is a better multipurpose camera.
Believe it or not, wide angle is actually my least favorite lens, except for astrophotography. I currently own the Sony 24mm 1.4 gm and 20mm 1.8 G lens. Both lenses are superb for both image quality and coma for astrophotography. I also use them both for video. The 20mm is great for vlogging and the 24mm 1.4 is used when I need low light. I also use the 24 1.4 in super 35 mode for most of my talking headshots.
I’ve primarily stayed with Sony, but I also use the Tamron 17-35 2.8 adapted with the mc-11 adapter. I mostly use the lens for astrophotography with the move shoot move. As a star-tracking lens this on of my favorite, because it has better coma performance than any other lens I’ve used. Read my astrophotography review on it here.
General Purpose Zoom
At the moment, most of my lenses are prime lenses. I have only one general-purpose zoom: the Sony 24-105 f4. I’ve had this lens forever, and I’ve thought about using the 28-200 in its place, but I’m not willing to give up the optical image stabilization for video. The 24-105 is a versatile lens for almost anything I do with landscape photography. I’ve also used it for wedding photography and video work.
I actually don’t use a standard 50mm lens. For portraits and anything over 35mm, I use the 85mm 1.8. This lens is incredibly sharp and inexpensive. I use it for product shots and b-roll footage. It’s also a great lens to isolate a subject from the background.
If I could add another telephoto lens to my wish list, it would be the new Sony 70-200 2.8 ii. I wrote an article on why I think it’s the ultimate lens here. I wrote another article comparing it with the Sony 100-400 here. If I could afford it, it would live on my camera.
I don’t yet have a macro lens because I use extension tubes. Most of my lenses can get close to a subject, and when I need to get closer, I use extension tubes. They’re affordable ($30), and I really don’t do enough macro photography to justify the cost of a dedicated lens.
In general, I don’t like to carry a lot of camera gear, and I’ve mostly solved this problem with the size of my camera bag. I actually have 2 bags. Most of the time, I use the peak design 5L sling.
This bag is outdated, but it does everything I need, and it’s the fastest way to take photos without unpacking gear. I’ve used it at weddings with the capture clip, so I’m able to shoot with two camera bodies. The sling is awesome because you can have a camera and 2-3 lenses inside and a camera with an additional lens on the outside with a capture clip.
If I’m doing a hiking trip or need more gear, I use my osprey stratus backpack. It’s lighter than any other camera bag and it has a back frame, so you don’t sweat when hiking. I’ve used this bag for running and biking. I can use the capture clip over the straps, and I keep a padded camera bag inside to keep my gear protected.
I still love and use the peak design tripod for everything. The size and portability is why I haven’t found a better tripod. Read why it’s the best tripod for people who don’t like tripods.
- Move shoot move
- Sony A7c
- Sony 20mm 1.8
- Sony 24mm 1.4
- Tamron 17-35 2.8-4
- Peak Design tripod
- Remote shutter release