|Sony A57 with 50mm 1.7|
|The Beast: Sony A99|
Sony 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 Zoom
Minolta 50mm 1.7 Prime AKA "Nifty Fifty"
This is a super-cheap lens that I got used for about 45 dollars. It remains my only really "fast" piece of glass, and I love it to death. It has the famous Minolta colors, and soft, creamy bokeh. I feel that my copy is a little soft, though. (That bit you see on the end of it is a 49 to 55mm step-up ring, so I can use all my normal filters.)
Minolta 28-85mm 3.5-4.5
Minolta 70-210mm f/4 "The Beercan"
Odds and Ends
Metz 44 AF-1 Speedlight
This is my only speedlight, and it is pretty darn good. Full TTL, as well as the ability to trigger/be triggered by other flashes. The UI is insanely simple, which can lead to some confusion when the flash is set to manual mode. When deciding between this and the Sony, this was reviewed as being much more reliable.
Eye-Fi 8gb SD Card
Cowboy Studio Flash Trigger
Ultra-Pod and Variable Neutral Density Filter
For all those times that I can't be bothered to bring a tripod, this Ultra-Pod always finds a place in my backpack. It supports about 7 pounds, which will suit the A99 with a 50mm just fine. The VND filter also generally accompanies me on my adventures. I used it to take the photo below:
|Long exposure captured with A57 using the Ultra-Pod and VND filter.|
Well, that's the bulk of my shooting equipment. If you'd like to see how they perform, check out my Flicker page: Zach's Flickr