Camera Gear2013-05-07T12:13:01+00:00

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera (Body Only)

Incredible autofocus, especially when compared to the 5D Mark II or 6D. This combined with the ability to shoot at 6fps can really increase your chances of catching that perfect moment. If your interested in wildlife or sports photography, then aside from the 1DX, this is the camera to get.

Low light performance is amazing, clean results with detail at iso 12800 are now possible. When combined with a fast aperture lens such as the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Autofocus Lens, I was able to shoot without a tripod at night with the help of a full moon.


Build quality and weather sealing is only 2nd to the 1DX. I have no hesitation taking this with me in -30C temperatures, snow or rain. The magnesium body is solid enough for almost any sort (hopefully not) accidental bumps it may take while hiking.

One of my favorite new features is the silent shutter mode. It may not be completely silent but when taking photos at events, the ability to have a quiet shutter is fantastic.

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

If used sparingly, this lens can create some very cool effects. I especially liked the results when I used it in a near white out, while hiking Mount Sparrowhawk. The vast negative space, and curvature of the the horizon makes for a very cool effect.


Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens

If it’s a shot that I have planned and am using a tripod, this is the lens I will use. It has replaced my 24-105 F4.0 IS for my serious landscape photography and it is significantly sharper corner to corner than at all apertures and at all focal lengths. The fact that it doesn’t have IS is not problem because I will almost always be using it with a tripod.


Canon 24-105mm f/4L F/4.0L IS EF USM AF Lens

The standard zoom I usually bring while hiking. The focal range of the lens is perfect for almost anything hiking, with the exception of wildlife. To ensure adequate depth of field, I will often be shooting at apertures of F/11.0 and depending on the light, this may require slow enough shutter speeds that IS is very helpful to ensure a sharp photograph.


I will sometimes bring my 24-70 2.8 II instead if I want a shallower depth a field for some portraits but I then have to give up the IS and some focal length on the long end. So it can be a tough decision on which to bring.

Canon 17-40L

A great lens for creating photographs with unusual perspectives. With such a huge field of view it can sometimes be challenge to create a balanced composition with this lens but when you do, it is a very powerful effect. This is my 2nd most used landscape lens.


Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Autofocus Lens

When hiking early in the morning or at night, this is the lens I will have on my camera at all times. Its huge maximum aperture, allows for me to still take shots on the move, without having the restrictions of a tripod.

This is also the lens I use for wide field astrophotography. I will usually stop down to F2.8 when doing astrophotography to improve corner sharpness and vignetting.


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide-Angle Autofocus Lens

Any time I’m out with friends, this is the lens I’m using. The 35mm focal length is just wide enough to get everything in, while not being to wide as to create ugly distortion. The large maximum aperture of f/1.4 can create smooth dreamy out of focus areas that really make the subject pop.

Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Autofocus Lens

50mm is what they call the ‘normal’ focal length. It best represents what your eyes see; no wide distortion or telephoto compression. With the extremely large maximum aperture of F1.2, you create photographs with a distinctive shallow depth of field. This lens is also weather sealed, which the other 50’s that canon has to offer are not.


When shooting events like ‘Shambhala’, this is one my favorites to use. The F1.2 allows for shots light only by candle light when combined with a camera like the 5d Mk III.


Canon Telephoto EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Autofocus Lens

The 135 is probably my favorite event photography lens. This combined with canon 50mm F1.2, produced 90% of the images I captured while at .

It is razor sharp corner to corner at it’s maxium aperture of F/2.0. Very fast/silent autofocus and fantastic build quality. One of the greatest things about this lens is it’s small size, how light it is, and that it is black.


Many people will shoot with the Canon 70-200 F2.8 but it’s large size and distinctive white colour can be attention drawing. This can ruin your chances at capturing candid moments. The 135 also has a 1 stop advantage over the 70-200 2.8.

This is also a great lens for photographing the animals at the zoo that may not be to far away.

Canon 300 2.8 IS I

They no longer sell the Mk I version, it can be found on sites like Kijiji though for half of what the MK II sells for new.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens

While this lens is a little too heavy (5lbs) and large for hiking, it is still very hand holdable. I will use this lens when going to the zoo or when photographing wildlife on shorter hikes where I am not travelling too far from my car.

It’s razor sharp corner to corner even at it’s maxium aperture of F2.8. Auto focus speed is incredibly fast and the IS allows for up to 2 stops of stabilization.


Adding 1.4x teleconverter to make this a 420mm 4.0 lens will still result in extremely sharp results with only a slight decrease in autofocus speed. When Adding a 2.0x converter to make the lens a 600mm F5.6 lens, you do end up with some loss of sharpness and even more loss of autofocus speed. If 500mm or 600mm is what you plan on shooting with most, it is better to get something like the canon 500 F4, or canon 600 F4.

The quality of images produced from this lens are only exceeded by the newer version, the MK II. With the MK II you gain increased sharpness across all apertures, especially when using teleconverters. It also includes the latest generation IS, which is capable of adding 4 stops of stabilization compared to just 2 of the Mk I. The Mk II also sheds about .5lbs of weight, which can be nice if you find hand holding the MK I difficult for long periods of time. The only downside is that the MK II will cost you about twice as much as what you’ll find the MK 1 for used.

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Autofocus Lens

While hiking this is the lens I will use for wildlife. It’s lighter and smaller than the 100-400 and sharper. Autofocus is very quick and when paired with a camera like the Canon 5D MK III, birds in flight are no problem for this lens.


I will even use it for the occasional landscape shot of distant mountain peaks.


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