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My budget SLR gear | by Claudio Matsuoka
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My budget SLR gear

My current photo enthusiast gear. It's not impressive at all, but it keeps me happy. Not pictured are a cheap no-brand tripod, the old Powershot S410 (used to take this picture), a Lowepro D300 AW shoulder bag and a Tamrac 5547 backpack. In the wishlist: Canon 430EXII or Metz 48 flashgun, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens and a 190XPROB tripod with a 486RC2 ball head.


The 10-22 has a nice color rendition and supplies all my wideangle needs. The 50mm f/1.4 is my favorite lens and is very sharp at f/2.8 and quite usable at f/2.0. The 28-135 covers the rest of short-medium tele range, it's quite sharp from f/8 to f/11 and it's my landscape and general purpose lens. Now my needs are leaning towards a fast, sharp medium tele prime and a macro lens -- the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 could very well fit these two roles.

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Taken on May 9, 2009