Camera Gear 2024

I’m a hobby photographer. It’s something I enjoy. I recently bought myself a new mirrorless camera and figured I’d post about the main bits of gear here.

Camera Bodies

Canon 7D

I bought this off my Mum (along with a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens) a few years back and have enjoyed using it. DSLRs are nice but always felt bulky. I didn’t mind this being an APS-C crop sensor. It’s been on a few trips and got me into more serious photography as a hobby to tinker around with. I’ll likely be selling this soon as I don’t think it’ll get any use anymore.

Canon AE-1

35mm film SLR I bought on eBay really cheap. It’s in great working order, and I’ve had some good fun heading out and taking photos on this, it really makes you think about what you’re doing rather than just firing off hundreds of shots in the hope you get a single one that’s good. Plus I love the film look and Ilford HP5 Black and White film is a real favourite of mine.

It’s only really used when I have a passion to do so though, processing is expensive (and I don’t do processing myself at home) so it’s not an all-the-time thing.

Canon R6 Mark II

This was my recent purchase for myself with my yearly bonus from work. I love it. Plain and simple I love it.

I had considered something from Sony (likely an A7 IV) but I’ve used Canon before and decided to stick with something familiar. Plus my Mum owns a Canon R6 (Mark I) and so I could always ask her questions and advice about it! 😅

Lenses

My lenses have been bought via a combination of Amazon and eBay, so there’s no links for these here.

I’d like to add something more telephoto to the kit, but deciding whether to buy a cheaper EF 70-200mm f/2.8 and adapt it or save up and get the RF 70-200mm f/2.8 is something I’m still mulling over. Either way it won’t be soon.

  • Canon 50mm f/1.8 - this is on the Canon AE-1, I’m not buying any more lenses for this camera as it’s nice to play around with, but I’m not super serious about film photography, so I’m using the lens that came with the camera when I bought it second hand.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM - the good ol’ nifty fifty. Still love this thing. Amazing lens for very little money (in a world of lenses costing over £2000 getting one of these for between £100 and £150 is a bargain).
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 - an EF mount lens, I use it with the EF-EOS R adapter, it works a treat. It’s a little heavy, but it’s very versatile!
  • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro - also an EF mount lens, also used with the adapter. Picked this up to be able to photograph some of my watches up close, having a lot of fun with this so far.

Memory Cards & Batteries

Tripods

  • NEEWER 68"/172cm Carbon Fiber Camera Tripod - mostly used at home or where I’m able to set things up without the need for the lightest and most portable gear. It feels solid and while twist-release legs aren’t me favourite (no visual indicator that a leg is open/closed means I’ve had the tripod start going lopsided before) they’re fine for the most part.
  • NEEWER 62"/157cm Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod - for more on-the-go use as it’s smaller and lighter. So far I really like this, the ball head isn’t as flexible as others, but that’s a compromise I’m happy to make for the weight reduction and portability of this tripod.
  • Polarduck Mini Tripod - I have a couple of these and use them for holding LED light panels or even my phone sometimes.

Lighting

  • NEEWER 2-Pack 2.4G LED Video Light - I originally bought these to help my wife with photos while indoors during winter for when she models clothing she’s made as part of a sponsore makers group she was a part of.
  • VIJIM VL120 RGB Video Light - it was cheap, it’s bright, it can change colours, it’s USB-C rechargeable, it does the job. I have another similar model that’s older and no longer available too, so I have 2 RGB light panels to play with.
  • GeKLok Portable Round Collapsible Lighting Reflector - again, cheap and does the job when you need a little reflective bounce of light.
  • SMALLRIG Mini Cube Light (3 Pack) - this was a recent purchase, fun to use for lighting items when I’m doing top-down shots of watches or EDC-type items, not super bright but with some of the accessories they can be quite focused points of light which is nice.

Bags

I don’t have a dedicated camera backpack, I used to own 2 Peak Design backpacks, but I sold them and bought a Gomatic travel backpack as I needed something more compact for when I head out and about (without camera gear). I might look for a cheaper camera backpack at somepoint though.

I do own 2 Peak Design slings though, the Peak Design Everyday Sling 3L and the Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L. I’ve been out with both with the R6M2 and a single lens (50mm in the 3L and 24-70mm in the 6L) bag for a lightweight carry and it’s been great. I’ll probably end up looking for a better backpack (or organiser to fit in my existing backpack) for longer outings.

Accessories

  • Peak Design Clutch V3 Hand Strap - I love having a hand strap, I find it just takes the weight off my fingers a bit and stops discomfort after holding the camera for a long time. The baseplate works fantastically with the Peak Design Capture Clip (as you’d expect it to) and with the NEEWER tripods I have (especially the travel tripod) so it’s a win-win-win!
  • Peak Design Slide Lite Strap - could do with some shoulder padding, but a simple shoulder pad you can buy separately does the job. I really like the Peak Design Anchor Links that allow the strap to be easily removed when I’m not using / needing it.
  • Peak Design Capture Clip V3 - this is my most recent purchase, I haven’t been out with it properly all-day yet, but I really like this thing from some initial testing I’ve done with it. Update: I’ve been out of an evening with it and even hiked up / down a large and very uneven-under-foot hill and not once did I feel like my camera was in danger of falling out of it.
  • Hersmay Remote Shutter Release - cheap, simple, does the job.