I’ve been thinking about summing up my camera gear over the years, and how I’ve switched stuff around. So here goes.
I’ll skip right over the compacts I had, and start with my first SLR. In 2001 I bought a double lens kit with …
- Canon EOS 300 (above)
- Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6
- Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6
In february 2003 I bought an external flash, the Canon 420EX. I just realized that the flash is the oldest piece of gear that I’m still using.
I stayed out of the digital game until 2006 when the Canon EOS 30D was released. Now I considered the technology had matured enough for me, so I bought a 30D at the shop where I was working back then – with a nice discount of course.
At the same time I got a Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 as a standard zoom for the 30D. I tried to sell my analog camera and the 28-90mm lens, but didn’t succeed.
Later the same year I expanded my kit with two more lenses …
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
- Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
I sold the 75-300mm and just used the sharper 70-300mm with image stabilization.
The next addition I made was the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6, mid 2007.
At this point my camera bag was pretty much complete, with lenses from 10mm to 300mm, an external flash, various filters, a screw-on close-up lens, and various other bits and pieces.
So this is when I started thinking about upgrading various parts of the kit.
The first lens I upgraded was my standard zoom, selling my Sigma 17-70mm and getting Canon’s great EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, in January 2010. I bought the Canon lens second hand in Stockholm, in good condition and for a very decent price.
In May 2010 I got a very good deal on a new Canon EOS 50D and sold my 30D after about 27 800 clicks. You can read my thoughts about the 50D here.
My latest upgrade, in January 2011, was switching the Sigma 10-20mm for a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Having the f/2.8 aperture all the way from 11 to 55 mm is great.
And now I’m extremely close to switching my 50D for a 7D. I’ve only had the 50D for nine months so it might seem a little … premature. But thanks to the great deal I got when I bought it I can sell it second hand with a very small loss.
All in all I’ve been through eight different lenses and three camera bodies, moving on to my fourth.
What’s your camera history?