Camera Equipment

After posting the Brenizer Tutorial I started getting more and more questions about the type of camera and lenses I use, so I thought I would create a post about them. 
1. Canon 6D - This is our newest camera, and the camera I use the most often. After lusting over a full frame sensor camera for years (but not having the money for one) Will and I were so ecstatic when Canon announced the Canon 6D. It has a lot of the same features as the Mark III but at a much lower price, so we were sold.

2. Canon Rebel T3i- This is the camera I used before we got the Canon 6D. This little guy is a really wonderful DSLR. My favorite feature on it, which I wish the 6D had, is the flip out LCD screen. It made shooting with a tripod so much easier, seeing how I am not the tallest person in the world, hehe.

The video below is a wonderful example of the difference between a full frame (in this case, a 5D) and a crop sensor (the 7D) with a variety of lenses. 
5Dmk2/7D lens comparison test from Mike Collins on Vimeo.

3. Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 - This is by far my favorite lens to use, as it works well for portraits, and creates extremely vivid photographs. Its best quality may be its depth of field, which at f1.4 is beyond fantastic. This specific lens is a manual focus making it much cheaper than its autofocus equivalent which was one of the major factors for us in buying it. The trade off is that it works great for still shots, but isn't good for action shots because a manual focus ring makes focusing on moving things very difficult. But like I said, it works wonders for stationary shots.
4. Canon 50mm f/1.8 II (nifty fifty)- While I am hoping to upgrade to the Canon 50mm f/1.4, I really love the 50mm f/1.8. This lens allows you to get some really great portraits as well as detail shots. But honestly, when you are taking pictures of your cat how can you ever go wrong hehe.
Aww look how tiny Wigs used to be! 
5. Sigma 20mm f/1.8 - This is a really nice wide angle lens. I love using it for landscapes, especially roads, it really creates these expansive images.
So those are the cameras and lenses I use for all the photographs on my blog. Are there specific lenses you guys love using?

x's and o's


  1. Whoah, now I feel how lame I am with camera stuff...)

  2. Haha oh don't feel lame, it took a long time to build up to this stuff. And Will and I use all this equipment for our real jobs too.

  3. This is super interesting to me. I have yet to invest in a really nice dslr, but I'm constantly dreaming about owning one! This post was really great. I like to squirrel away all this info for whenever I make that big purchase and get a nice camera and fancy lens!

  4. Oh good I'm happy to hear that you found it interesting! I hope you get to get your dslr sooner rather than later :)

  5. This is such a fascinating post! I've always enjoyed taking pictures, but I know nothing about lenses and camera types. I usually just stick with a simple Canon point+shoot and my iPhone lately. I'd love to take a class and really learn the art of photography.

    The Rambling Fangirl

  6. Such a lovely post! I just bought the nifty fifty (haha) for my t3i and I'm in love. The only thing I lack is a cat to take pictures of!

    Dejhana | Waite A Little

  7. I love using my cell to shoot pictures too, it's just so wonderfully easy and they come out pretty great.

  8. The nifty fifty is such a wonderful lens and such a great price. I really love the quality of photos you get from it as well as just how lightweight it is.

  9. Great post. I got a new Nikon camera for my birthday but I am still learning how to use it and how to get the best pictures out of it :-)

  10. I want a nice camera so bad! I need one! hahaha! I can't convince my husband of that unfortunately... haha!

  11. Thanks for the info! I use a Canon 550D, 50mm f/1.8 and a 70-200mm f/1.8 for weddings :)

  12. I want a Canon Rebel so so badly. :( I'm currently borrowing my grandmother's Olympus E-410 in hopes that she will give it to me lol. (Crossing my fingers) Maybe one day I will get my hands on that Canon...


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