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Confucius says, “Good tools are prerequisite to the successful execution of a job. ” (工欲善其事,必先利其器 )

My interpretation: Always buy the best cameras and lenses.

And Li Bai, one of the greatest poets of all time in China, says in his most famous poem “Don’t worry about spending all your money as they will eventually come back!” (千金散尽还复来)

My interpretation: Don’t worry about spending all my money on cameras and lenses as they will eventually come back:)

So I blindly followed their advice to justify my shameless spending on the newest camera equipments…

Somebody … help … me  …

Canon 1D Mark X:
No noise in ISO 1600 or below, and superb auto focus tracking are the two main reasons I bought this superb camera. I can see visual improvement over 1D Mark IV.

Canon 1D Mark IV
No noise in ISO 800 or below, and with a 1.3X crop factor, this camera is very good for bird photography.

Canon 500mm F4 IS
A lot lighter than the 600mm, this is the most hand-holdable super-telephoto lens that has 500mm focal length and an F4 largest aperture. But now the Version 2 has been tempting me.

Canon 70-200 F2.8 II
One of the sharpest lenses Canon has ever made, this lens is very good for low light and mid range wildlife photography.

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro
I probably have used this lens less than twice since buying it ten years ago. I heard it is very sharp.

Canon 24-105 IS
Very versatile lens for every day use.

Canon 16-35 II
Not as sharp as the Nikon 14-28. But I will live with it.

Really Right Stuff TVC-33 tripod

Wimberley II gimball head

Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead

Some painful experience:
One time in Morro Bay, CA, my Canon 5D Mark II and 17-40mm F4 lens slipped from my Arca Swiss tripod head while I was carrying the tripod on my shoulder. I suddenly felt a lightness on my shoulder. As I turned around, I saw the camera slammed onto concrete. The lens was broken in half…

Another time in Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas, I climbed up a rock to watch the sunset. After sunset, I drove back home. One week later, when I tried to reach for my tripod in the back trunk, I couldn’t find it. I left my brand new Gitzo 3541 XLS tripod and Really Right Stuff ball head beside the rock at Valley of Fire…

Photographing the Roseate Spoonbill in Tampa Bay, Florida. I hoped the Roseate Spoonbill would come to me as we were in the same color.


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