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Some of you may be interested in what equipment I use for my
photography. I have been a long-time user of Canon cameras and lenses
and have been shooting exclusively with digital capture since 2003. I
am currently using the following:
EOS 5D, EOS 1D-MkII, EOS D60
16-35mm f/2.8L, 24-105mm f/4L IS, 50mm f/1.4, 70-200 f/2.8L, 300mm f/4L IS.
I also use the 1.4 teleconverter and 25mm extension tube. For macro
work I also use the Tamron 90mm lens but occasionally find the 70-200mm with an
extension tube is better in some cases. Probably 75% of my
wildlife shots have been done with the 300mm f/4L with the 1.4 teleconverter.
This setup focuses quickly and gives sharp pictures. Used with the
1D-MkII, this gives an equivalent focal length of 546 mm and is much lighter
to carry around than a 500mm f/4 (not to mention cheaper!).
My favorite setup for doing portraits is the 50mm f/1.4
mounted on the 1D-MkII or D60. This gives an equivalent focal length of 65mm
with the MkII which gives a pleasing perspective (a little longer lens would probably give
a slightly better perspective, but the wide aperture with this lens yields
beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds).
I am making my fine art prints using pigment inks in the Epson Stylus
Photo 2200 and the Epson Stylus Pro 4000. For B&W prints, I utilize
Roy Harrington's QuadToneRIP with the Epson 4000 to produce B&W prints that
have truly neutral tonality throughout. This RIP is available as
shareware for only $50 and does a great job. See the link below for
more information on this.