Long time lurker, first time poster... ahem...
On a T1i/500D
, gripped (don't laugh, it balances much better this way and I can shoot 2000+ images without changing batteries), I have the following:EF-S 15-85
(replaced "kit" 18-135) = this is my everyday lens and I either have a particularly good copy or this is a greatly under-appreciated piece of glass. I needed a wide lens to shoot interiors and 15 vs. 18 at the wide-end makes a big difference. This lens is much sharper wide open then the 18-135 was at it's optimum f8 and I found that, for me, if 85mm wasn't close enough then neither was 135 so I am okay at the long end. That said my copy of the 18-135 produced excellent images and I might have kept it if it wasn't for the horrible lens creep.EF 50 1.4
= on my crop, this is my portrait lens. It's fantastic from f2.0. Immaculate from f2.8. I now always use a lens hood to not only improve contrast but also prevent focus tube damage from "touching" the moving front element. (Like quite a few, I had to send it in for repair, luckily under warranty). Never had an issue since starting using lens hood and it's a workhorse.
430EXII Flash with Phottix Odin OCF Controller. Giotto's Tripod/Monopod with L bracket and portable stand with umbrella and reflector. That's it...for now. (Saving up for a 5D3 or a 70-200 2.8 next)
I have loved taking pictures since I got my first digital camera in 1999 (not a typo--it was a 3 MP Olympus 3030 and I still have 20"x30" prints from it that look great.) I got my first DSLR (the one noted above) in December of 2009 and I have since become a bit of a photography junky.
While it's not my full time gig, friends have liked my pics and referred some work my way. Now, my wife and I do a little photography on the side--portraits, candids, interiors, products, food, ... but no weddings! You wedding photogs are gluttons for punishment and deserve medals www.facebook.com/gilmorephoto