What camera gear do I use?
The delightful Canon EOS 60D, usually with a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS lens. This is a very nice and versatile lens for a fantastic price.
I also love my Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.
This is a great, affordable macro lens which has a short focus distance (i.e. it will focus, including autofocus most of the time, on things which are very close to the front of the lens). I find I can usually get it to autofocus down to 10 – 15cm.Very recently, I have bought a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. I’m still learning to use it properly but – so far it seems pretty fantastic:
It has the advantage of being waterproof to 3m (just 3m exactly, as I found out when I drowned it snorkelling :) ) and pretty much sandproof and impact-proof. In short, it’s good for everything which I wouldn’t dare to do with the Canon. It’s a few years old but still capable of some great pics (in bright light at least).
I sometimes use a Manfrotto monopod or Joby SLR Zoom Gorillapod with ballhead for extra steadiness in tricky light. Haven’t invested in a tripod yet.
Edit: 29 April 2012 – I’ve ordered an Induro AT413 Tripod which is due to arrive soon. It’s a big heavy beast, but nice and tall (185cm) and very stable. The ballhead from the Gorillapod will fit the Induro too. Really looking forward to it arriving.
Edit: December 2012 – I got a Canon 600EX flash for my birthday, and a Gary Fong Lightsphere (diffuser for flash). Still learning to use it, but initial results look good.