Gear

Things we use are pretty simple, but versatile!

As for cameras, we use a Canon 500D with Magic Lantern firmware and Sony NEX-6. For both of them, we use 18-55 mm kit lens and also a 55-250 mm Canon lens (plus a converter for Sony E mount). We use a Cullman Nanomax 260 tripod.

Being on a budget, we try to use various tricks, rather than spend  loads of money on gear.

A great thing about NEX system (or for that matter, any mirrorless system) is the possibility to use almost ANY lens ever made! Recently I got a nice legacy lenses – Industar-69 28 mm f/2.8 and Industar-61 55 mm f/2.8. These are full manual lenses that use L39 thread mount, which is easily adaptable to NEX…the adapter is less that 10 bucks. Also, these legacy lenses usually have some interesting aspects to the image quality, which I really like to play with. Despite being thirty or forty years old, the optics are in great condition and I actually don’t worry about it much, cause I spent about 20 bucks for each of these lenses. Also, the 28 mm is very small (even with the adapter) so the camera fits nicely in my jacket pocket. I’d like to do a short review of those soon…stay tuned 😉

There is also another one really nice piece of glass I recently purchased: Samyang 12 mm f/2.0. This lens is about as big as the kit lens, it just has a slightly larger front part, but it dot make much difference. Being an ultra wide angle lens, it works nice on landscapes and cityscapes, as well as closeups (except for people, of course). Also, with the maximum aperture of 2.0, the lens is nicely suited for nightscapes, stars and milky way shots (too bad I haven’t yet had a good chance to try it properly :D).

Gearlist (for those too lazy to read…)

Cameras

Canon EOS 500D

Sony NEX-6

Lenses

Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (Canon EF-S mount)

Sony SEL 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 (Sony E mount)

Canon EF-S 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 (Canon EF-S mount)

Industar-69 28 mm f/2.8 (L39 mount)

Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/2.8 (L39 mount)

Samyang 12 mm f/2.0 NCS CS (Sony E mount)

Sears Auto 135 mm f/2.8 Multicoated (Canon FD mount)

Canon FDn 35-105 mm f/3.5 Macro (Canon FD mount)

RMC Tokina 75-260 f/4.5 Close Focus (Contax/Yashica mount)

Yashica Auto Yashikor 35 mm f/2.8 (M42 mount)

Others

NEEWER TT560 flash

Fotga RF-2400 flash trigger

Cullmann Nanomax 260 tripod

Joby GorillaPod Hybrid

EF-S – NEX adapter

FD – NEX adapter

L39 – NEX adapter

M42 – NEX adapter

C/Y – NEX adapter

NEX manual macro rings

49 mm NEX lens reversing ring

58 mm Canon EF reversing ring

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