Camera Gear

The following Camera Gear has been used over the years to capture Minimalist Photos published on this Blog.

Canon 6D Mark II - Full Frame DSLR Camera
Canon 6D Mark II - Full Frame DSLR Camera

Canon DSLR Kit

  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II Full Frame Camera
  • Canon EOS 600D Crop Sensor Camera
  • Canon 50 mm F/1.8 (prime lens)
  • Canon 50 mm F/1.4 (prime lens)
  • Canon 18-55 mm Kit Lens (zoom lens)
  • Canon 55-250 mm Kit Lens (telephoto lens)
  • Canon 24-105 F/4 L Series Lens
  • Canon 100 mm F/2.8 L IS USM (macro lens)

Kit For Mobile Minimalism

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Phone Camera (sold)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Phone Camera (current)

Experience with Crop-Sensor DSLR Canon 600D

Canon EOS 600D was the first DSLR Camera that I bought. Prior to that I had the Canon 30X Zoom Point and Shoot Camera.

I was obsessed with zoom back in early 2013. That is one of the reasons that I bought the Canon 600D crop-sensor camera with 18-55 mm and 55-250 mm kit lens. 55-250 mm being a telephoto lens i.e the one that would satisfy my zoom fetish.

I did not use the 18-55 mm lens much and I mostly used to shoot using the 55-250 mm lens in my early days of Minimalist Photography. I used to capture a lot of Lookup Minimalism as well back then.

When I first got the Canon 600D Crop-sensor DSLR in my hand after upgrading from the Point and Shoot Camera, I got very excited. I used to carry the Camera everywhere I used to go. It was very heavy for sure and I never had anything near that weight hung around my neck prior to it. Hanging it around my neck was a mistake and it used to cause me shoulder aches and neck pain, so I shifted to a hand-strap from a neck-strap for my Camera.

The photos that the Crop-sensor Camera used to produce were fairly satisfactory but yes the Camera shutter speed was slow. It had a fair bit of lag. Also, the outer body and the kit lenses did not have a premium feel and felt mostly like cheap plastic.

Over the years, I realized I should be upgrading to a Full Frame Camera for better performance, but I did not have the budget for it. So, I started saving money and waited a few years to buy a Full-frame Camera that had the latest tech and specifications. I had my eye on the Dual-Pixel technology and I was waiting for Canon to put that tech into its first Full-Frame Camera, after putting it into their first crop-sensor Camera Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

The day Canon announced they were introducing the Dual-Pixel Technology in Canon 6D Mark II, their first Full Frame Camera with that technology, I had decided that this is the Camera I would be buying.

Experience with Canon 6D MarkII Full- Frame DSLR Camera 

I spent roughly $3500 on my Full-Frame Camera kit, where I bought the Canon 6D Mark II Camera and the 50 mm f/1.4 lens and the Canon 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Switching over to a Full-Frame Camera was an obvious choice. Full-Frame Cameras have bigger sensors, provided better Dynamic Range and good performance at High ISO Levels. It was a no brainer actually. The only downside was the high cost. Alternatively, one could put that kind of money in a Bank Fixed Deposit. But, since I am very passionate about Photography, I took the plunge.

As you can see, I upgraded from telephoto lens to prime lenses with wide apertures. Prime Lenses let-in more light for the same reason.

The images captured are sharper, color rendition is better and overall image quality is way better. Also, with a fixed range, to get closer to the subject the Photographer has to move his feet, and therefore it becomes easier to shoot as you do not miss the shot or waste time zooming-in or zooming-out. You know exactly what distance you are from the subject.

If I compare the performance of a Crop-Sensor Camera versus a Full-Frame Camera, I would say that there is a huge huge difference. Especially, shutter lag is minimal. Also, Full Frame Camera's would have a faster processor and a larger Field of View.

The Image Size is way bigger and the Raw file Captures a lot more detail that a Crop Sensor Camera, which comes in really handy. There are also way more Auto-Focus Points available in Full-frame Cameras.

After I upgraded to a Full-Frame Camera, I barely use the Canon 600D Crop-Sensor. Camera. I haven't sold it though, as that was the very first DSLR Camera that I bought. I plan to always keep it as a memory. The earlier Point and Shoot Camera, I did sell out.

If you are starting off as a Photographer and you do have a decent budget, I would suggest not to waste time and straight away Buy a Full-Frame Camera and Prime Lenses.

Otherwise, what happens is that if some Photographs do not come out well, you keep thinking that it  maybe because you don't have the best camera equipment.

Once the equipment blame game ends, you can focus on your Creativity, Vision, and Compositions in a better way and grow faster.

Experience with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S10 Mobile Cameras

I have been a great fan of Samsung Mobile Phones, and the reason is very obvious. Their phone camera capabilities and output is stunning. I have had many phones in the past and to be honest none of the earlier phones impressed me with the photo quality like Samsung does.

Sure, some of you may say oh no wait, you must try the iPhone, but they have a very high SAR Value  and that is bad for the brain. If you are radiation sensitive like how I am, then do not buy an iPhone unless their reduce their Body and Head SAR Values. Samsung Flagship Phones usaully have the lowest SAR values. Also iPhones are usually a lot more pricey than Samsung and in effect provide less value for money. So, I always stick to Samsung.

Samsung also gets good scores from DXO Mark website. I take DXO Mark's mobile and camera reviews very seriously. Before buying a phone or a camera, I would suggest you to always check their Ratings and Reviews.

Shooting with a SamsungS6 was great. That point of time I had my Crop-Sensor Canon EOS 600D Camera. I kept SamsungS6 for about 4 years and I captured literally thousands of Photographs from it, Minimalist and otherwise. 4 Years is a lot of time, after wich I started having some display issues so I sold the phone.

S6 used to do its job fairly well. I used to post Mobile Photographs clicked by it mostly on Twitter and Facebook and sometimes on Instagram, for they used to look great in thumbnail view. But, I did not consider those photos worthy of posting on my Online Store from where I sell Minimalist Photography Prints.

One of the main reasons was, the size of the Photographs were small and most of them lacked detail, contrasts and also there was a bit of a problem with sharpness. Some of the Photos used to come out pretty well and I did a compilation of 30 Minimalist Photographs in a post titled 30 Minimalist Photos taken by a Smart Phone.

After about 4 years, I bought the new Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone. Well, that changed everything. SamungGalaxyS10 shoots tremendous Photographs. The image size it produces is fairly large, the details it captures is brilliant and the Low-Light performance is very good.

The results of Samsung GalaxyS10 Camera are so impressive that I also post those Photographs very confidently on my Profile for Sale.

Samsung Galaxy S10 has Four Cameras:
  • 16 Mega Pixel Ultra-Wide Camera, 
  • 12 Mega Pixel Regular Rear Camera
  • 12 Mega Pixel Telephone/Portrait Rear Camera
  • 10 Mega Pixel Selfie Camera

What more can a Photographer ask for? it is a dream come true.

I love capturing Minimalist Photographs from my SamsungGalaxyS10 and I do recommend it to my followers. By the time you read this post maybe there would be an updated version available but you can take my word for it SamsungGalaxy Flagship Phone Cameras are worth the dollars.

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