What’s in my camera bag ?

One question readers frequently ask is what  gear I use to take the photos I post on this blog. Here is an exhaustive list of my photography gear :

  • A TnB Chicago shoulder bag
  • A Nex 6 (APS-C, 16MP, excellent IQ in a small body)
  • An A6000 (APS-C, 24MP, even better IQ in an equally small body, very good AF)
  • A Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm f1.8 (sharp, contrasty, and very versatile)
  • A Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS (sharp, stabilised, very good bokeh)
  • A Sony Carl Zeiss 55mm f1.8 (very sharp, contrasty, very good for portraits)
  • A Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro (crazy sharp, very good at everything, stabilised)
  • A Hoya ND 400
  • A Hoya ND 8
  • A Manfrotto Compact Action tripod
  • And I process all my pictures with Adobe Lightroom

With this kit, which is quite lightweight despite counting 2 camera bodies and 4 lenses, I consider I can shoot most of what I may want to shoot, though of course, I sometimes wish I had some wider angle lens, or a longer focal length at disposal. There’s always some kind of compromise in photography.

Regarding my purchase plans for the future, I’m currently thinking of buying an Sony A7 Mark II and maybe a Sony Carl Zeiss FE 16-35 (though I’m also thinking about a Sony FE 28f2.0 + Sony Carl Zeiss FE 35f2.8 pair). It’s just a question of time and money. I guess a Full Frame sensor and stabilisation will be pretty handy for the kind of photography I do (mostly landscapes, but also some casual portraits), though the new Sony A6500 that’s just been announced clearly makes my decision tougher.

If you have any questions regarding my gear, please do ask ! I’ll be pleased to give you the best answer I can find.

Pierre

Update : That’s it ! I’ve finally gone the Full Frame way, and bought a A7II and a FE28f2.0, exchanged my FE90f2.8 macro for a Zeiss Batis 85f1.8, and I’m probably going to sell my Zeiss 24f1.8 and SEL50f1.8 to buy a Voigtlander 15f4.5 or Tokina Firin 20f2.0 instead.

So far, I’m pretty happy with my choice : the FE28f2.0 gives me a little wider angle of view than that of the Zeiss 24f1.8 on my A6000, for a little more image quality : it’s a winner. And my Zeiss 55f1.8 and 85f1.8 sing on my new A7II. However, though there are some differences between A7II and A6000, they are not as huge as some might think, and I find that pictures taken with the Zeiss 24f1.8 on APS-C mix well with those taken with my A7II and FE28f2.0. This means that I’m quite happy with my choice, but I know now that if I had gone the A6500 way, I wouldn’t have sacrificed much either.

I will certainly come back later this year to make some comparisons !

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