Why I’m Not an Equipment Snob

by | May 8, 2019

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

I’ve said this before and it’s worth repeating for any new readers to this blog; I am not employed, under contract or personally sponsored by a camera, photographic or any other kind of company. The ads you see on the right-hand side are from companies I know and trust and all the income from them goes to pay part of the cost of producing this blog and does not affect what I write about.

The cameras and lenses used to make the photographs you see on this blog is gear I bought and paid for with my own money. Occasionally images were made while testing equipment for product reviews for this blog or Shutterbug but that’s the only exception. You may be surprised to learn that after reviewing any of this equipment I return it to the manufacturer. There are no freebies, at least not for me.

Since I pay for all of my own gear you’ll probably notice that some of the cameras I use seem “old” and occasionally I’ve received an e-mail from readers asking, “why are you using that old thing?” Let me answer those two questions at once: I’m not an equipment snob for good reason: I can’t afford to be.


My cameras include Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless cameras and Canon EOS DSLRs. You can see the specific gear that I own in the Gear section. With my Canon DSLRs, I use the (no longer available) Pro-Optic Teleextenders and when a  reader asked if I liked them better than Nikon or Canon’s I responded, “They work great and it’s what I can afford” and his reply indicated he understood. The best bet on 2x telextenders these days seems to be the $399 Sigma TC-2001 2x Teleconverter. If anyone knows of a better deal, please click Contact and tell me about it and I will update this post.

For some of my infrared work, such as the image of a Beetle convertible above, I used a 16mm f/2.8 manual focus Zenitar that was purchased on eBay and recently sold in an effort to streamline the amount of equipment that I own.

Heck, I even have a Holga lens for my Micro Four-thirds system cameras and this lens was cheap and fun to use. And when it comes down to it, that is the main reason I’m a photographer. When I sold my studio many years ago, my goal was to only shoot the kind of photographs I wanted to make and write about the process, sharing what I’ve learned with others. That’s the purpose of all of my books and especially of this blog.

I’ve found that Life Pixel does a great job with IR conversions and they have done most of the conversions for my Canon DSLRs and all of my Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras. This is not a paid or sponsored endorsement, just my experience.

My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is available from Amazon with used copies selling from $7.07 as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with used copies starting at $6.98.