My camera - my other half

I've been asked several time what type of camera I have, well, you gotta know I'm a Canon kinda gal.


My first DSLR was a Canon 70D which is a cropped sensor body that came with two basic lenses. It was great for about 2 years, I even bought additional [used] lenses including a 70-200mm f/2.8 and a 24-70mm f/2.8.

With the discovery of night sky photography came the realization that my equipment needed an upgrade and thus the search for a full frame camera began. Because of compatibility with my existing lenses, Canon was the preferred brand. I had few options, all of them great, no way I could go wrong with either. The winner was the EOS 6D Mark ii mainly for the following reasons:

  • It is full frame DSLR. I was not ready to jump into the mirrorless technology

  • It is not as expensive as the 5D Mark ii

  • The LCD touchscreen swivel system. Facilitates composing in compromised spaces


To complete my set up, I have the following lenses:

  • Canon 16-35 mm f/4.0

  • Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8

  • Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8

  • Canon extender 1.4x

  • Sigma art 24mm f/1.4

  • Canon 50mm f/1.8

My current tripod is the Benro Mach3. It's made of carbon fiber so it's super light. My preference is for twist locks because the others keep pinching my fingers (ouch!) I also went for three sections because, although makes the tripod longer (24.9") harder to fit in a carry-on, it is also faster to setup so that was an acceptable trade-off for me. Additionally, this tripod converts to monopod for extra stability when using big telephoto lenses and the main section can be inverted for even lower/closer wide-angle compositions.


Of course, my rig wouldn't be complete without some Neutral Density (ND) filters. After trying various brands and types, I've settled with these that I love:

  • Breakthrough NDs (3,6,10 stops) and GND (2 and 3 stops) 150mm

  • Nisi circular polarizer

  • Nisi filter holder

Back in 2020, I left behind my case with all filters in Trona Pinnacles (CA), it was such a loss. I came back to search but no luck finding it. Following a friend's recommendation, I now have an Apple airtag in my case so I get alerts if I am leaving it behind... just sayin'


Final words:

What is your type of photography? what's in your bag? which is the most important component in your set up?

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