To learn about dSLR Cameras and Lenses and other Accessories and Equipment, please go to the Home page and explore those categories.

My Gear
The photos seen in the various posts of this blog were shot with:

Canon dSLR Bodies

(No, I don’t own all these cameras!)

Canon EOS 7D and Canon 6D
Canon 50D and Canon 60D
Canon 5D and Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 5D Mark III
Canon Rebel XT and Canon Rebel T3i (the current entry level model)
plus images taken with the Nikon D600, Nikon D7000 and Nikon D5100

(Now that I write camera guides, I am not going to continue to update this, as I typically use each of the new dSLR cameras in my research.)   Typically I rent from the wonderful folks at LensProToGo, or they are provided courtesy of Newtonville Camera in Newton, Mass.  In the past, I have rented lenses from Calumet in Cambridge, Mass.,  Note that local dealers like Newtonville Camera often have the latest hot, new cameras in stock weeks before the box stores, plus passionate photographers and dedicated sales staff to assist you, and the great customer service you would expect from a family operated Main Street store (even though they are located on Walnut Street).

If you plan to purchase a a camera, lens, or any other equipment soon, please have a look at the PURCHASING section further down on this page.

See this post to compare the latest line-up of Canon dSLR Cameras and this post for the Nikon dSLR cameras.

My Lenses

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM – my everyday walk-around lens until I got the 24-70mm, great for portraits, details, close-ups, making use of depth of field and spatial compression.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM – wide angle for environmental shots, events, spatial expansion.
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – perhaps the best all-purpose walk-around lens for everyday and travel use. (A similar but lighter weight and less expensive option to this is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, which has the advantage of Image Stabilization.)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM – great for portraits, working in closely with a subject or in low light without a flash, and for beautifully creamy backgrounds at f/1.4 and 1.8.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM – (I borrowed this one from Newtonville) incredible for super close macro shots and dramatically shallow depth of field, also good for portraits.

You can learn much more about lenses in the Lenses category of posts.


Canon 580EX II flash with Omni-Bounce Diffuser

Additional equipment, accessories, and books
See my posts Gear, Accessories, and Books and Equipment for Travel Photography to read about the other gear and accessories you may want or need for everyday and travel photography.


If you plan to purchase cameras, photo equipment, books, or anything else from I encourage you to do so through any of the Amazon referral links I’ve set up. Using these links will help support my blog and my work.  Just click on the equipment name or book title within the various posts and you will be taken to that Amazon page. Or click here to go directly to Amazon or click on the logo below, and start shopping. Thanks, I appreciate your support!

If you are in the UK, please click here for the UK Amazon referral link.

And if you are in Canada, please click here to use my Canada referral link.

For those interested in purchasing through B&H Photo, I have set up affiliate links with them as well. Just click on the logo below to start shopping:

BandH Photo


Newtonville Camera doesn’t have mail order, but stop in and see them near Boston:
newtonville camera

These are all retailers that I have purchased equipment from, and I recommend them based on my good experiences, their extensive selection, competitive prices, great customer service and responsiveness, and fair return policies.

My eBook user’s guides, for all the latest Canon EOS and Nikon dSLR cameras:

full stop dslr photo photography camera manual guide for dummies canon nikon

All are available in the bookstore section of my website. Each text-only eBook is available in PDF format (readable on the iPad too!) and Kindle and Nook versions.

My colorful photo book Faces of Celebration: Photographs of Peru is available from Blurb.



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