I’ve received quite a few questions lately about the camera and lenses I use for blogging and traveling so I thought I’d share. Let me say first, I am no expert. Most of the functions on this camera might as well be written in Japanese, but I’m having fun learning and snagging tips from other talented bloggers and photographers. So here goes …
camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i. we really love this camera. we’ve had it since August and though we still don’t know what every button means, it’s user-friendly, light, compact and takes phenomenal photos. as an amateur, i find canon in general to be much easier to use than nikon and other brands. i would highly recommend this to novice photogs. the camera comes with a standard “kit lens,” which is an 18-55mm, but we upgraded to an …
18-135mm lens. we needed a zoom lens for sightseeing in Spain so we went or the upgrade. it’s big and a little heavy, but it was exactly what we needed. we’re headed to Iceland in a few weeks, too, and it’ll be our main lens for the trip. for every day shooting though … not so practical. (photos seen here and here and here)
ef 50mm f/1.8 ii. the essential lens for style/food bloggers. hands down. it’s a fixed lens, so you’ll need to stand as close to or as far away from your subject as you want it to appear in the image. it’s great for closeups, blurred backgrounds, outfits, food detail and more. it’s amazing, but not ideal for walking around. bonus: it’s only $110! (photos seen here and here and here)
40mm “pancake” lens. this lens was recommended to me at the IFB Conference last September by photographer Lydia Hudgens. i needed a walking around lens for picnics in the park, city strolls and days with the girls. something light, small enough to fit in my purse (it’s called a pancake lens after all!) and a bit wider than my 50mm. it’s another fixed lens, but i don’t have to get so far away from my subjects, like with the 50. it’s great for detail, too, and i find myself using it for food sometimes. just ask henna, susan and liz. they all bought the lens after hearing me rave about it, too! bonus: it’s only $150! (photos seen here and here and here)
i’d love to know which cameras and lenses you use so let me know in the comments. i’m always on the hunt for new accessories and techniques!
p.s. i also use my iphone … obviously used to take the photo above. :)