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Kurt Miller

Disney fan, urbex fan, I love gear more than I should

My blog, Kurt Miller Photography. Yes, I know that's the most original name that you've ever heard.

Current Camera:
Canon 5D Mark II (purchased 12/2011) - I bought this because there was a fantastic deal going on at B&H with rebates and other kinds of goodies. While my 7D had a better focusing system and better ergonomics, this thing is a complete beast when it comes to image quality and low light performance. I'm very happy with it. I had to do a ton of horse-trading of my old lenses that don't work on full frame, but soon I'll have a full compliment of lenses again.

* Lowepro Fastpack 250

* Yongnuo flash trigger (thing is AWESOME for $40!)
* Umbrella and stand

* Sigma 12-24 ultra wideangle - Love ultrawides.
* Sigma 15mm fish - Decent fish, very nice and light with sharp IQ.
* Canon 24-70 f/2.8 - The perfect compliment to the 5D Mark II, the ultimate walkaround lens.
* Sigma 50mm f/1.4 - The 1.4 makes a huge difference. If you want creamy bokeh and shallow DOF shots, this is the one to get.
* Canon 70-200 f/4 IS - My telephoto, some of my sharpest and best looking shots come from this guy. A bit tricky to use with an APS-C sensor because of it's long 'zoom', this goes very well with the 24-70.

Former Cameras
* Canon Rebel XS - A wonderful starter camera, it did everything I needed to get going. My only big issue - the viewfinder was less-than beautiful and the memory writing was slow - 3 shot handhelds were very difficult.
* Canon 7D - A great step up from the Rebel XS, it fixed my two concerns about the Rebel XS and the AF system was much much improved.

Former Lenses:
* Rokinon 8mm fisheye (great APS-C fish for the price, I've taken a lot of shots with this and while it's manual focus, manual aperture, it works really well and seems to put out good image quality and is REALLY wide).
* Sigma 8-16 (love this lens, the ultrawide opens up new compositions that are really interesting)
* Canon 17-40 f/4 Wide (I was frustrated I couldn't get shallow depth out of it, and the 17-55 is a better walkaround lens. Sigh...)
* Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 Wide (sold for the 17-40. This is a great option for those on a budget and it has a very fast aperture of f/2.8 for a wide angle)
* Canon 17-55 f/2.8 EFS w/IS - The best wide angle lens for an APS-C sensor camera, probably was my most-used lens during that time.
* Tokina 35mm f/2.8 macro lens - A decent walkaround lens due to the very natural 35mm focal length on an APS-C sensor (7D), it takes sharp pictures as well.
* Canon 50mm f/1.8 II Prime (aka nifty fifty). Obviously a great lens for the price, but I replaced it with the 1.4 Sigma.
* Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 UWA - Returned to B&H as it had rainbow haloing issues around lights in dim lighting conditions.
* Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro - It was good and sharp, but not really useful. I think you may want to go to the Canon 100mm for macro (but much more expensive!).
* Canon 85mm f/1.8 Prime - Rarely used, since I have my 70-200. Flawless, though, really good long portrait lens.

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