Photo equipment nowadays is costly, far and away more than what I remember spending on my very first 35 mm film SLR (which I still proudly have).
Digital. Digital provides options, flexibility, and, yes, immediate gratification. I currently have:
- Canon 5d
- Canon XSI
- Canon 24-105 f/4L lens
- Canon 100 f/2.8–just added!
- Canon 70-300
- Canon 50 1.8
- Canon 18-55
- Canon Speedlite 430ex
- Canon tripod (ultralite of some sort)
I also have several batteries for each camera, and use Extreme III and IV CF or SDHC (depending on cameras) of 2 or 4 GB each. I do some printing at home with an HP printer.
I shoot raw, raw, and only in raw. I like the complete control of raw processing–the size of the files are a bit of challenge, storage-wise–but I do not bother with JPEGs. If needed, especially for cropping and messing around creatively, I post-process with Photoshop Elements 6; however, unless I’m feeling especially punky or I’m experimenting with a particular look, I try to keep the processing clean and minimal.
4/10/09: I am updating my post-processing software with a 30-day trial run of Lightroom2. I’ve had it for about a week now. Its a beautifully laid out program and I think, once I am accustomed to it, I will be able to say it makes my workflow even easier…but I can’t quite say that yet. Much to learn!!!! But that’s the fun of it.
5/30/09: Loving LR2, have also purchased a macro lens today–the 100mm f/2.8. Have read great reviews, looking forward to macro-izing my world.
Summer 2010: I upgraded to LR3. Love it even more than LR2.