I get quite a lot of questions asking me which camera I use and which cameras I recommend for people to use so I thought I’d share some quick advice and let people know what I use.
Now as with most things, the answer really does depends! And with photography, this really comes down to two things: budget and brand preference.
So which camera do I use?
At the moment I currently only use what Canon would class as a beginners camera – The Canon EOS 750D Digital SLR Camera (24.2 MP, 18 – 55 mm Lens, CMOS Sensor) 3-Inch LCD and you can purchase this camera with the standard 18-55mm lens (great for lots of photography and comes with the camera in this deal) by clicking on the picture of the camera below.
(This is the set up I used most of the time for every day work)
Which three lenses make up the 4 lenses that I use in my kit bag?
I also use 3 other lenses with this camera.
For portraits I use the very inexpensive but extremely high quality “nifty 50” – The Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM Lens
This is the lens you want to use with people, travel, weddings and creates that awesome Bokeh effect where you subject is pin sharp and the background is blurred out in high quality. It’s has got me shots like this:
For wildlife or people that isn’t too far away then I will use the Canon EF 70 – 300 mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens – Black and this has proved to be a fantastic addition as it means you can capture a range of people and wildlife who are both fairly near and fairly far away. Canon do a pro version of this lens which you can check out by clicking this link: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens. This lens came in great use whilst I was travelling through Peru, it allowed me to get shots of Jaguars and other wildlife sat on the banks of the river whilst we travelled by boat down through the Amazon Jungle:
Finally, for things that are far away and for wildlife that is potentially too dangerous to get up close and personal with I will use my long range lens. Because the Canon versions of these lenses tend to break the bank, I have opted for a cheaper brand that still delivers absolutely sensational quality. That lens is the
The great thing about this lens is you can purchase it to fit other brands. For example if you use Canon there is a Canon fit and if you use Nikon just choose the Nikon fit. You can also buy the sport version which is slightly heavier to hold but is fully weather sealed, so if you are out in adverse conditions then this is the one to add to your collection – Sigma 150 – 600 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon. This lens is by far my favourite and has helped me to capture wildlife that I would of had no chance of ever getting near to such as the Sri Lankan Jackal… This photo was taken right at the end range, 600mm at first light (5:30am) in April of this year, just as he was tucking into his breakfast. I had a split second to capture this picture and I’m so happy with how fast the lens is.
I hope this helps you with your camera choices, gives you a better understand of what I use and why and if you’d like any more information don’t hesitate to ask away with questions!