"The photographer is a key element in making the picture. So is the equipment."

Present equipment

Canon 350D (bought October 2007) without the 18-55mm shown on the picture. Bought secondhand it really was an eyeopener to my photographing world. The functions and speed of the camera was like non that I had ever experienced before. It really gives a crispy clear picture most of the time, and I love it.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM (bought October 2007). Came with the 350D when I bought it. With the zoom-range and IS-function it's a good and versatile lens that I always bring with me wherever I go.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM (bought January 2008). After some conversations with a friend of mine I was convinced that this was the lens to buy next. I bought it in the USA when I was over there and it proved to be a very fun lens to own. The barrel distortion is low compared to other ultrawide angel lenses, but not to low (which would make it boring).

Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM (bought June 2008). This lens fullfilled my wish for more tele zoom at a reasonable price. With an awesome IS it's smooth to use in low light even at 300mm (eqivalent to 480mm on my cropped sensor). I also have a lens hood (ET-65B) for those sunny days.

Canon EF 100mm Macro USM (bought November 2008). In my reach for less obsticles I bought the macro lens. A great, crispy clear lens that gives me 1:1 macro. It is really hard to use, but I'm in for the learning.

Canon Ixus 70 (bought June 2007). A compact camera that I use at partys and other small get-togethers where a DSLR would be too much. So far I'm really pleased with it. The semi-manual settings (like in almost all the Canons) gives the photographer more control and is really worth using!

Velbon Sherpa 600 tripod. A light and sturdy tripod when using a DSLR. Wide range of height going from 28cm up to the eyes of a tall man! There is a quick release on the cameramount.

Lowepro Fastpack 250. A good backpack for when I want to bring all my gear (and computer!!) and works well as a carry-on on airplanes. The backpack is constructed to give me easy access to my gear even though it's tucked away (given that you don't have to change lenses).

Lowepro Nova 1AW. All-weather bag (not tested feature) that easily fit a 350D with a lens mounted and extra lens (or two big lenses) and the batterycharger in the main compartment. Some small pockets for filters, extra batteries, memory cards and a remote.

Furthermore I have some memory cards (2gb and 8gb), the Canon RC-1 remote, an extra battery just in case (needed it several times already) and the batterygrip (BG-E3) that I'm currently selling;)

I also have a version of Photoshop as a tool to edit and be creative with my pictures.

Previously owned equipment

Canon Ixus M1 APS. My first camera bought to me by my mother and father. A filmrollbased stillcamera that has seen the inside of my drawer way to much. The APS feature was neat and I did use it to give me panoramas of 10x25cm.

Casio Exilim EX Z50 (bought April 2005). It was indeed a good camera when not counting the first month when it jammed in the first week and was sent back for quick fix. It gave me the opportunity to test my creative side until the 2" screen suddenly went grey on the 2nd day of my three week trip to Brazil.

Fujifilm S9600 (bought December 2006). After thinking long and hard about getting a new and more complex picture-maker I fell for this one. The draw was made between a big digital camera like the Fujifilm and a DSLR. Thinking about my own economy I fell for the Fujifilm which was light and could give me a lot more control over my pictures than the compact Casio I had had up until then. The aperture was something new to me and fun to try out. Sorry to say, after using it for only two months, I found it under par, and I sold it to a friend seven months later.

My short-term realistic wishlist

"Photographing sceneries and objects is an expensive and difficult hobby. Yet I feel drawn to it. Strange..."

Canon EOS 40D :: Canon EOS 350D // 2x Canon EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS :: Canon EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 :: Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS :: Canon EF 100mm Macro F2.8