Donnie G

Donnie G

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Apr 15, 2012

Donnie G's current gear

Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Canon EOS 80D
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D / Kiss X9)
Just bought this camera in July of 2018 at a great sales price and love it. This is the best full frame ILC out there for under $2,000. I paid $1,500 for mine. I especially like how ridiculously easy it is to transfer images just shot from the camera to my smartphone.
I'm totally hooked on this camera's Vari-Angle Touchscreen plus DPAF tech combo. Fast, reliable, and stress-free because it's so easy to use. Another Canon camera that paid for itself almost as soon as I put it to work.
Bought it in January of 2018 and I still can't get over how well designed the body is. Ergonomics are top notch, especially the grip. I wanted a compact APS-C body for everyday carry, but the mirrorless bodies were just too small. The SL2 is as small as I'll go. Love it.
Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM
Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II
Tack sharp and user-friendly. I've rented many excellent primes over the years, including Canon's 200mm f/1.8L, 200mm f/2L, 300mm f/2.8L, and 500mm f/4L, but this is the best prime lens that I actually own.
My new favorite general purpose full frame zoom lens. Also, great when used on my APS-C 80D body too.
My favorite available light street photography lens when used on my SL2 camera body. Both the lens and camera body are so inexpensive that I consider them to be disposable. No trouble for me to replace them if damaged or stolen. Excellent value.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM
Canon Pixma MG8220 (Pixma MG8250)
Sharp and compact. Used mostly during festivals, parades, and local youth sports. Also, used for landscape photography because of the way it stacks foreground and background elements at the tele end of its range.
Tack sharp and compact. This is my small venue people and event workhorse. Great with off-camera flash indoors and for dramatic fill-flash portraits outside. Up close and personal is how I like to work with my subjects. This lens delivers L-series results, but without the red ring. Outstanding!
Used mainly for soft proofing and document creation. Does a nice job of scanning prints and slides for input into our computers. An inexpensive and reliable workhorse.

Donnie G's wish list

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Apple iPhone 8
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Canon EF-S 35mm F2.8 Macro IS STM
Added Aug 5, 2018
I tend to hold on to my smartphones for as long as possible. I rarely use them to take pictures since I consider them useful as funhouse mirror cameras only. Distorted selfie photos are what they excel at. However, the phones make it easy to carry my portfolio of serious photos, taken on real cameras, with me for quick views and convenient sharing by text message with prospective clients.
Added Aug 5, 2018
Did I mention that I like macro lenses?
Added May 31, 2017
I expect it to be a fun addition to my 80D gear sometime during spring of 2018.

Donnie G's previous gear

Canon PowerShot Pro1
Olympus E-10
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
The only PowerShot I ever owned. Built like a brick. Decent IQ for its day. Began my hatred of EVFs.
My customers loved viewing their pics on the rear screen. Great confidence builder for them. Great sales tool for me.
This is the camera, along with the 5D, that convinced me to retire my film era EOS 1v and EOS 3 bodies. Big gamble that paid off nicely.
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 400D (EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS Kiss Digital X)
Getting proper WB under mixed lighting was a chore, but once done, those image files were absolutely beautiful and still are.
IMO, this was Canon's 1st true APS-C workhorse for prosumers. It was crushed to death, along with a favorite lens, by a chatty cell phone distracted teen driver. I'm still in therapy.
A lightly used backup to my 5D cameras that never received much love from me. Kept for a year, then gave to a camera club acquaintance.
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8
A great general purpose workhorse that never failed me. I donated mine to our local High School when I upgraded to the 6D II.
A fun lens used for people, architecture, and landscape photos. Part of my bag of tricks from the film era.
During the film era, the rule was to carry 24, 50, 100, and 200mm primes as basic tools. This was part of my move from FD to EF mount.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
My 1st ultra-wide angle zoom and a genuine bargain among Canon L-series lenses. A car ran over it. Began my hatred of teen drivers.
My 1st EF mount general purpose zoom and the 1st lens I owned having a Canon ultrasonic lens-drive motor. Fast and quiet AF.
My 1st 70-300mm zoom. I liked the idea of a compact tele-zoom, but the lens turned out to be a dog mechanically. Sticky zoom action.
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon Pixma iP100
A longtime favorite tele prime that just vanished from a locked storage chest in our home one day. During interrogation, my then twelve and ten year old children would shrug their shoulders and roll their eyes claiming to have no knowledge of what happened to it. I had to chalk this mystery up to "The X Files". (Sigh).
Had 2 of these. They were a pair of much-loved workhorses. Recently sold both and replaced with a mark 2 version.
Owned the iP80, iP90, and iP100. They were great compact solutions for making prints and documents while on the road. Would carry in my over the shoulder style computer bag along with a 15" laptop and a slew of other essential road warrior accessories.
Apple iPhone 4
I was very familiar with Apple laptop computers beginning with their PowerBook Pro series, but the iPhone 4 was my first smartphone. Been with Apple computers and phones ever since. Oh, and Apple TV too.