Does Camera Gear Matter? + What Gear I Use

This has to be the top question I get. So I couldn’t think of a better post to kick off the blog. I’m here to answer your questions. First things first: does gear matter?

Kind of. But gear doesn’t define you as a creative.

You get what you pay for, yes – and sometimes you reach a point where you outgrow your current setup, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

A beginner wouldn’t be able to take advantage of a 1D-X, but a master could do wonders with an iPhone. You get the gist.

One more thing. I’m not a gear head, I’m not a gear expert. There people out there that can tell you about every single technical aspect of each piece of gear. I’m here to share what I use to create what I do. Here’s the gear I use to for lifestyle, travel, and urban photography (and sometimes videography).

Image Source: Canon Canada

Image Source: Canon Canada

Camera Body & Lenses

I currently use the Canon 5D Mark IV. I’ve been a Canon user since the day I’ve started, and while the lighter-than-my-battery-grip A7iii and other options have tempted me along the way, I don’t plan on switching any time soon. I haven’t seen another brand produce colors to the same level Canon does. And when I find a brand I like, I tend to stick with it.

As far as lenses go, the ones I use the most often are the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, as well as Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III for wide cityscapes or landscapes, and Canon 24–105mm f/4L for when I need something versatile, when I’m shooting from a distance, or to make backgrounds feel grander. I own a Canon 70-200mm f/4L telephoto lens as well, but I don’t use it often.

Instead of just telling you about everything I have, why don’t I show you the different applications and results for each of these lenses.

What I’ve Created With These Lenses

Captured with the Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4, my go-to prime lens. This is probably my favourite lens, and the one I use 80% of the time. What I love is the versatility to capture, and you gotta love any lens that can go down to f/1.4

Captured with the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L, my go-to wide lens. I often use the 16-35 to capture landscapes, or if I’m taking full-body portraits and want to capture more environment. This lens is a staple for anyone interested in travel or urban photography.

Captured with the Canon 24–105mm f/4L, my go-to zoom lens. I really like the versatility of the 24-105. It allows you to make your subject grand from a distance (middle), or alternatively, capture more environment at 24mm. It’s great having this all in one lens.

Emily DiRenzo