The Lake Project: My Gear

In my third post, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to what photography gear I am using for the project. I carry a lot with me every time I go down to the lake, and it can be quite heavy, but I think each item is important and I would not want to be caught without a single one of them. Let’s jump right in!

Canon EOS Rebel T5

34688_1_xlThis Canon DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) body is the lowest-end model you can buy from Canon. However, it suits my needs just fine. It has an APS-C sensor size which is smaller than a full-frame camera. This works well for me because it automatically crops the images and makes things appear closer which is perfect for wildlife images.



Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II canon-ef-s-18-55mm-f-3-5-5-6-is-ii-lens

This lens is nothing special, but I always carry it with me for macro (close-up) photography. It zooms from 18-55mm and has a minimum aperture of 3.5, which isn’t great. It’s image stabilization is extremely helpful because it helps eliminate any camera shake that may be evident in the photos that I take.




Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

This was my first telephoto zoom lens and it did the job just fine (until I got my new one recently which I will describe below). I still use it frequently because it can be helpful for things that are not far away, but that I cannot get very close to. Sadly, due to the quality of the glass inside the lens, images can come out with some chromatic aberration. Overall, it is a nice ones but I was in need of an upgrade so I got…


Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

This lens is a complete monster. It zooms from 150-600mm, twice that of the Canon lens that I had been using before. The Vibration Compensation is essential to a lens of this size if you want to shoot handheld, because without it, shots will come out quite blurry. It allows me to get close to the subjects of the photos without actually disturbing them. In this way, I am more likely to capture them in their natural habitat. The one downside of this lens is that it is very heavy. With it and the camera it can weigh close to five pounds!  This lens is quite expensive but luckily I was able to purchase it used at a very good price on a photography forum called


Xit Auto Focus Macro Extension Tubes71tov2bfiuml-_sy450_

These extension tubes essentially increase the focal length of my camera lens. This doesn’t actually zoom in on anything, it merely allows me to get much closer to the subject to take macro photos. Like your eyes, a camera lens cannot focus on objects too close to it. By allowing the camera to focus at closer distances, the objects appear larger and more detailed. It does however extremely limit the range of things that are in focus. This means I have to manually move the camera closer and farther away to get the perfect detail.

That just about sums up all of the photography equipment I carry with me consistently. From here on out, I will write down in the captions of the photos what equipment I was using at the time so that you can hopefully better understand the benefits and drawbacks to each different piece.

Thanks for reading,


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