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Here's a fairly out of date rundown on the equipment I use for photography (I'll update soon)

From left to right.

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM: While it weighs almost four pounds, it's an excellent all-purpose lens since it zooms between 28mm which is great for wide angle shots, and 300mm which gets you really close. It's the perfect lens if you're going to be wandering around a city and only want to carry one lens

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM: This lens is my pride and joy. It is f/2.8 all the way through so even zoomed in to 200mm it lets in a ton of light. Great for candids at events or other low light situations like school gymnasiums

  • Canon Extender EF 2x II: This attaches to the 70-200 and doubles its reach to 140-400. The downside is that it cuts down the light that makes it into the camera making it an f/5

  • Canon Extender EF 1.4x II: This is the same as the extender above, but only increases its reach by a multiplier of 1.4. On the plus side it only adds one f-stop so a lot of light still gets in and makes the lens an f/3.8

  • Canon EOS 40D: (the one pictured below is my old 30D) I love this camera, it's 10 Megapixel, very fast and takes great pictures

  • Canon Speedlite 580EX II: This flash provides outstanding lighting and acts as a master for my other Speedlite 580 so I can light a subject from multiple angles

  • Canon EF-S 17-85MM f4-5.6 IS USM: (on the camera) This is my all purpose shooter. It allows nice wide angle shots at 17mm, but gives me a moderate zoom into 85mm. It's a great lens to take if you want to keep it lightweight and don't want to take a bunch of lenses

  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM: This is the ultimate in wide angle lens. You can stand right next to someone and fit them entirely in the picture. It's great for shooting rooms and group shots when you can't get far enough back to fit everyone in

  • Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM: This is a great lens for shooting little things close up like bugs, but is also outstanding for portraits

  • Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3: This allows me to do a couple key things. One, I don't have to stand behind the camera when I have it on the tripod, I can stand next to it and direct the action, and most importantly it has a timer on it so I can set the camera to take shots at selected intervals for time lapse shots, or shots that I want to be in.

  • Not Pictured: Canon PowerShot SD900 IS: This is my tiny little digital camera I use when I don't want to drag the big camera around and the shots are less critical. It fits in my pocket, has 12 Megapixel resolution, and I have an underwater case for it so I can take pictures of fish and turtles