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My Gear

Here’s a list of the gear I depend on and can confidently recommend. Most if it can be purchased from B&H (a superstore in NYC that ships everywhere – I am an affiliate) but there is some gear that can only be purchased directly.

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  • ChitownSnaps

    Hi there. I have been reviewing your posts as I build my interest and gear in photography. I am def a novice with semi-pro tastes. Haha. I have the 7D and am blown by its quality and plan to add the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM later this year. My question is if you have a favorite filter to use with it or if you always shoot without. Great blog by the way.

    • http://LearningDSLR.com Philippe Dame

      Since I don’t focus on landscape photography as much, I haven’t invested heavily in filters (e.g. LEE Filters for example are supposedly quite good). A lot of the effects I want to create I can do during post processing. I do as much as I can in Lightroom and Photoshop only when needed. 

      I have a clear filter for protection on all lenses and a circular polarizer to help with skies and reflections. That’s usually enough for me. I have also invested in neutral density filter for one of my lenses that is of the variable type (big ones can get expensive). ND filters are great for extended exposure time (e.g. flowing water effects, streaking cars, smooth couds and so on) and are critical for video — they let you shoot at a fixed shutter speed and still use a wide aperture in broad daylight.

      What filters were you thinking of getting and why?You will enjoy the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens… that’s my most recent purchase as you may know from my posts. If anything, I need to spend more time with it. I’ll have to post more sample shots to show how great it is as a portrait lens.

      Thx for reading and commenting!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMBLO3ZJWI4ASEZPRP4UP36EUM MV

        What filters? Well, that’s why I am following your blog :-).  The info I read here is a good starting point for me as I build my DSLR arsenal. I’d hate to invest in items I won’t be using in a few years so your shared knowledge is valuable.

  • James McNicholas

    Hi,
    Do you have & use the Canon 15-85 lens and if so how is the image quality as compared to the 17-55 Canon?

    Jim

    • http://LearningDSLR.com Philippe Dame

      Sorry for the very late reply. I do have the Canon EF-S 15-85mm and it is indeed tack sharp. I have not had the pleasure of trying the 17-55mm. Have you found other comparisons out there?