Monday, January 17, 2011

What's in my bag (Updated: November 21, 2016)

Here’s much of what I own/ use regularly as well as a little history of some things I used in the past.


See my Ron's Recommendations page for more advice.

Sold or Stolen
  • Canon 5D Mark III – the best camera I’ve ever owned, and a great value given the fact that it’s just a smaller and slower 1D X with greater resolution
  • Canon EOS 1D X – 5D Mark III on steroids
  • Canon 5D Mark II – paid for itself many, many times over
  • Canon 1D Mark III – A lemon and headache until replaced just after the 1D Mark IV was announced. Final copy was good, but the IV blew it away.
  • Canon Rebel XTi w/ BG-E3 BATTERY GRIP (my primary camera until November 6, 2007)  - Sold 12/08
  • Several G series cameras
  • Sony DSC-S75 (stolen - best point & shoot I've ever owned)
  • Sony DSC-H1 (ex-wife kept it - never liked it anyway :-))
  • Canon 40D (I still think this is the best xxD series camera Canon has ever made)

Canon Lenses

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

  • EF 11-24mm f/4L USM - This is the lens that was so amazing that my wife made me buy it!
  • EF 24-70 f/2.8L II USM – A good lens, but if I had to do it over again I probably would have got the 24-70 f/4L IS instead. See below for what will probably replace this.  
  • EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – I need to upgrade to the II model, but until then when I can only have one lens when I'm traveling then this is it. 
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II - this is my “if I only had one lens” lens
  • EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM – The new one is better, but I don’t use it enough to bother buying it
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L USM - bought and sold this lens once, got it again and find that I don't use it much because I'm not huge fan of 50mm. It's a great lens though, but a bit long in the tooth. I'd definitely get the Sigma 50mm Art series if I were buying today - it's Zeiss Otus 55mm good.
Had but no more

See my Which Lens Should I Buy? article for lens advice.





Had but sold

Camera Bags

Too many to list – See this article for my Think Tank Photo bag reviews.

I also have these also :


  • Canon 600EX-RT (2) – Best flash Canon ever made until they came out with the 600EX-RT II
  • Canon 580EX II (Qty: 1) – Love em, but the radio built into the RT is awesome
  • Canon ST-E3 – it’s worth it!
  • Canon OFF-CAMERA SHOE CORD – a must if you use a flash bracket
  • Canon CP-E4 Battery Pack – Waited years to get this, but regretted wait so long. If you shoot events you’ve gotta have this – no more waiting for the flash or black frames where the flash didn’t fire.
Had but sold

Diffusers & Gels

Stop wasting your money and read On-Camera Flash Techniques instead. It is the miracle book that teaches you how to use your flash properly – even without diffusers.

Had but sold


Tons! See the right side of the blog for the books I’ve reviewed, most of which I still own and see my Which Books should I read? article


See my printing series for more info about printing, but I also have both of these printers in my studio:

Had but sold
  • Canon PRO-10 - Excellent little workhorse - cartridges too small though so expensive to own
  • Canon iPF6300 24” Wide Format Printer – My go to printer for metallic and my most heavily used
  • Epson Stylus® Pro 4900 – Great ink set but clogged heads killed it well before it's time - very sad
  • Epson R3000 - loved this one!
  • Canon MP560 for non-photography work


See my Ron’s Studio Lighting Gear List for a partial list of what I have for my studio light setup, and see here most of what I have as part of my studio stuff on B&H. In addition to that I have the following (and more – lost track):


This is by no means a complete list, but it’s a start:

and much, much more


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