A Few of My Favorite Things
If you didn't get a chance to listen to Episode 6 of "The F-Stops Here Podcast", then there's a good chance that you may have missed the gang answering listener questions. One question, in particular, didn't get the appropriate amount of answer on the show, so I wanted to address it a bit further in a blog post. More specifically, The Photowalk Alliance member Emily Yeoh asked us what our favorite body+lens combination to use was, and why it was our favorite. My answer, without much hesitation at all, was the Canon 5D mark ii and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L.
For me, this combination of body and lens is really the perfect pairing of versatility and functionality. You've got the full frame sensor of the 5d mark ii (which, naturally, has been replaced by the mark iii) linking together with a crisp, clear, fast and versatile lens. It's rugged and tough, can take a beating, and fit into just about every need a photographer is going to find on a daily basis. Sure, it doesn't have the zoom or IS of my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, but it's got you covered from wide to portrait and the constant 2.8 aperture provides you with photos clear enough to crop into a nice zoom.
The colors that can be pulled out of this combo are a thing of beauty. The blacks are deep, the clarity is top-notch, and photos from this kit really make for a setup that is practically all you need to cover everything from newborn shoots to product photography, with a sprinkling of portrait work and event coverage.
Details are rich and the speed of this lens and body kit are the Dodge Viper of cameras; powerful and fast with a feel that urges you to push it further and further.
The 5D mark ii also has the ability to do video, and while it isn't quite up to snuff of the Canon 7D, it's enough to cover things, including scenes from mainstream movies like The Avengers and Act of Valor, and TV shows like House and Hawaii Five-O.
My particular 5D is gripped, because I like having both the extra battery capacity and the ability to have back-focus lock and shutter control vertically and horizontally. It's a personal preference, and does add a bit more weight to the combination, but I personally think it's worth it.
A gallery of photos from this combo follows at the bottom of this post. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line and I'll do my best to answer them. Also don't forget to check out the podcast of which I'm a co-host, "The F-Stops Here Podcast" on both YouTube and in Audio Format!