218. My Three Biggest Photographic Bargains (Perhaps)
These items aren’t necessarily the cheapest items in my collection of equipment and they aren’t necessarily the best. They are, however, the ones that I feel I’ve had the best value for money from. They are certainly items I’d recommend. Obviously there’s Canon bias here because that’s the brand that has snared me, but I think there are equivalent items for many of the other brands.
Remote controller RC-1
Current Amazon Price £16.56 (equiv. $26.97; €28,93)
No need for camera shake. You can trigger your beast without touching it. This comes in very handy for macro work and is essential if you want to take pictures of your own hand.
Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Current Amazon Price £75.99 (equiv. $123.76; €132,75)
Canon do a more expensive 50mm prime which is more robust, has seven diaphragm blades instead of 5 and opens up to 1.4 - from what I’ve seen of test shots the bokeh on the upmarket model is a little nicer as you might expect, but here’s the rub: It’s four times the price. If I were a professional, or a rich man, or even a professional rich man I’d chose the 1.4 every time. But sadly, I’m none of those things so here I am with the 1.8 and very happy with it indeed. It is sensitive enough to take pictures by candle light, the image quality rivals anything other than real top of the range glass and it works a dream with my extension tubes.
Kenko Extension Tubes
Current Amazon Price £124.95 (equiv. $203.49; €218,29)
These just put a bit of space between the lens and the camera. I have used these for nearly all my macro shots and am very happy with the results. They work with all my lenses, though best of all with the 50mm. For the price of a single Canon tube you get three different ones which can be used in any combination, so you’re getting far more flexibility for the price.