Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Gear!

Not actual optical gear, but new gear nonetheless.

As I mentioned earlier, having my camera with me at all times is something that will help me achieve my goal of becoming a better photographer. Having said that, on my way to work I am already carrying a backpack containing my lunch, pass card, iPod, etc. In addition, I work in and park in a very crappy part of town, so a second bag, or obvious camera bag was out of the question.

So, I hit up Don's Photo, my local brick and mortar photo store, and picked up a new bag. I chose the Lowepro Primus AW for a few reasons:

1. Tripod carrier built in.
2. All-weather cover included.
3. Side zipper camera pouch for fast access.
4. Daypack section for my non-photo related needs.
5. 50%+ recycled materials!
6. Helps to preserve Polar Bear habitat.

Pretty much a perfect pack for me for day to day, and until I add a few more lenses it should be a more than capable dedicated camera bag as well.

Speaking of lenses, I discovered that Don's also rents lenses, so in anticipation of a zoo visit with my kids and family friends on the weekend of September 19th, I've reserved a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM for that weekend. It's received rave reviews and I'm considering the f/4 version as my go-to telephoto a few years down the road. Seems like a good time to try one out.

I'm excited to try out the new lens, but I will admit that there is a certain amount of abject terror involved in renting a $2,200 piece of glass and lugging it around with a 3 year old for two days.


  1. Hi! I'm a couple steps behind you (still recovering from a layoff so I haven't made the DSLR jump yet) and am enjoying reading about your steps toward not-crappy-amateur-photographer. Since I'm still point-n-shoot, I'm focused on learning how to do post-production processing. :)

    I love seeing the shots you've taken, and hearing the thought process behind them!

  2. Hi Jenny,

    My post-production is pretty limited since I'm frankly clueless as to how to do it :)

    The DSLR jump has it pros and cons, the quality of the sensor is clearly much better, but you don't have the luxury of an all-in-one macro/wide/tele zoom lens. That's part of the reason that a good walk-around lens is a priority for me right now. I'm used to the 12x optical zoom on my old PowerShot S5 IS!

    I was actually planning on posting a pre/post processing and cropping version of one of the Tanner pictures as my next post so I'd be happy to have your comments on my PP work.

    Stay tuned...