Instead of writing a one-time traditional “what’s in my gear bag” blog post, I thought it would be fun to run a series of blog posts highlighting each piece of equipment I own, why I love it, what it does for my brand, and sample images from the gear.  I think forcing myself to sit down and analyze each piece of equipment will help me utilize it better in the future.  So, for the first blog post in my Gear Series, I am going to talk about my main camera body – the Canon 5D Classic.

I did a lot of research on SLR cameras before deciding which one I wanted to invest in.  I always knew I wanted to stick with Canon since I have always had Canon cameras, I love the brand, I love the selection of lenses, and I’m familiar with how to work the Canon camera.  Although Nikon has a lot of really nice features as well, I wanted to stick with what I knew.  My first SLR camera was a Canon Rebel T1i and I just loved it.  It was perfect for me in the beginning as I was learning all of the technicalities of photography.  Only after I started to find limitations with that camera body, I decided to buy a more advanced DSLR that offered me the fast shutter speed, the advanced auto-focus system and the high FPS (frames per second) that the T1i couldn’t give me.  I went with the Canon 7D, but I also knew I eventually wanted to try a full-frame camera.  After a few months, I decided to invest in a used 5D Classic to use as a backup to my 7D.  However, as soon as I got a hold of the 5D Classic’s full-frame goodness, I was hooked.  The 5D Classic stole my heart and quickly became my “go-to” camera body.  It’s what I use pretty much exclusively now.

What I love most about this camera is the full-frame sensor.  A 50mm lens on this camera is truly 50mm – there is no crop factor.  This camera paired with my favorite lens (the Canon 50mm f/1.4) really helped to define my shooting style and brand this year.  I also love the high ISO capabilities of the 5D.  As a natural light photographer, being able to push my ISO up over 800 without having crazy noise levels is amazing.  The auto-focus system works great for my purposes, even though there are significantly less focal points than the 7D.  So far, that hasn’t been an issue for me or the way I shoot.  The files from the 5D Classic are just stunning.  The colors are always bright, beautiful and awesome.  In Lightroom, I can instantly tell whether the file was taken with the 5D Classic or the 7D.  Hands down, the 5D files win every time.

So what it boils down to is that I love my 5D Classic.  Sure, there are more updated cameras on the market, but I don’t need all the bells and whistles.  Video capabilities?  No thank you.  I don’t need them, so why pay for them?  A bigger, brighter LCD screen?  That’d be nice, but the LCD on the 5D hasn’t been a deal breaker for me at all.  What matters most to me is that the camera body performs reliably and produces beautiful images, which this camera certainly does.  They don’t call it a “classic” for nothing!