What do I use on my adventures?
My "Memory Crafting" Kit
"Monique, why do you have a reason for everything?"
This statement came across quite often in daily conversations. As an INTJ, I am a natural thinker. Before any decision is made, my logical brain needs to generate enough reasoning to support the conclusion.
Of course I am not always right. But the reasons / analysis give me a sense of authority when I pull out my credit card or click that buy button..... Camera gears aren't cheap..
I am no where near being professional. In fact, I don't even consider myself an amateur. Taking photos and videos are simply for fun. And it allows me to create something to share.
Technologies innovate too fast for me to catch up with every latest upgrade. (Maybe I'm just not geek enough?) Also, getting rid of the old gears can be a huge hassle - I hate selling things, especially the part where you meet with strangers and put up with their bargaining.
So I did what works best for my personality - get something decently nice at the time being and hold on to it for a few years. Usually the top tier / flagship products from one year can last for a few rounds of upgrades until I can't stand it anymore (I'm looking at you, Canon 5DII)..
After years of carrying heavy DSLR, I finally gave in to something much lighter. I find myself having too many excuses not to capture photos due to the weight of my Canon. It became clear to me that it's time to switch to a light, yet still full-frame mirrorless. The latest Sony A7 series has been making noise since its release, many of its performances and specs exceed 5Dii.
Lens - Sony
Opposite from my first Canon set up, my Sony kit is all about "being enough". Yes, it would be nice to have the top tier native lenses like what I did with those Canon red rim lenses. But does that extra thousands dollars justify for a GrandMaster glass? Over the years, my focus shifted from photographing still automotive to capturing moments on the go. For storyline style pictures and vlogs, the difference a GM lens can make is close to none, other than a bulkier body...
When Tamron debute their wide angle for Sony E-mount, I put my name on the pre-order list instantly. Tamron has been serving me well since the switch to Sony. I've been waiting for a resonably priced quality wide angle till now!
After the Alberta trip, while going through footages and putting together my travel video, I officially could not stand my shaky hands/legs... I need gimbal stabilizers for both my DSLR and my phone.
After watching and reading countless reviews and comparisons, I decided to go with Zhiyun Smooth Q for its hardware advantage (more smooth and wider rotation range) and DJI Ronin-S (weight capacity for Canon 5D2 and joint angle).