Lives in United States Lancaster USA, United States
Joined on Jun 22, 2006
About me:

present: Canon D30, G16, SD700 (used, repaired LCD), 5D2, 35/2 IS, 50/1.8 (again), 100/2, 200/2.8, 270EX; Bogen 676B

past: Canon XTi, 20/2.8 (refurb), 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4, 50/1.8 (used), 60/2.8, 28-105/3.5-4.5 USM, 100-300/4.5-5.6 USM, SD700IS (sensor died), SD850 (refurb), S95 (stolen), G2, G9 (refurb, borrowed), RebelG (used), AE-1 w/35 & 50, 380EX & off-shoe; Sigma 30/1.4, 17-28/2.8-4EX, Sigma 18-50/2.8 macro; Kenko 12mm DG ext tube, 234RC; Kenko 1.4x TC; Tiltall tripod

gulati's current gear

Canon PowerShot D30
Canon PowerShot G16
Canon PowerShot S95
Got this camera to take pictures at construction sites. I was forever churning through decent P&S and dragging dust and debris into sensors. I like the idea of being able to scrub paint and drywall mud off this camera. What I don't like is the super slow f-stop, which will make indoor shots a challenge.
Should soon receive this camera. The size should be no surprise, since it's the same as my old G9. I may need loose fitting pants to pocket this guy. Better yet, I could use my Blackrapid strap to easily carry and grab as needed. I know for sure I will like the speedy f/1.8-2.8 lens vs. my leisurely S95 f/2-4.9. But the S95 will surely fit the bill as a backup, poor conditions camera.
Still like SD700 better for outdoors, but S95 is far better indoors, even if I don't care for the colors or contrast. Good enough for iffy weather & fun travel. Addition: I so beat up my first S95 with pictures in lousy conditions that I just had to pickup a second S95 for less lousy conditions. For some reason I could not work myself up enough to get a S110, which seems too wide and too slow.
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS (Digital IXUS 800 IS / IXY Digital 800 IS)
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Liked SD700 so much that even after burning one up and after replacing with SD850, just had to get another. Vivid very nice outside, but fails indoors. Still can't part with it!
I wanted to take pictures of birds without paying a gazillion dollars for the 1200mm f/5.6. Still learning this camera. No good for indoors, but might be fine for slow moving critters outdoors.
This camera is too good for me. Sometimes I think it is laughing at me, making fun of my photographic skills. But I am determined to get the last laugh!
Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM
My first fast tele. Was wonderful on crop, but not loving it on FF, although more recently we've rekindled our relationship.
Opposite of the 100/2. Largely ignored when using crop, but now indispensable on FF. Seems I could live with just 35 & 200.
Got this lens not much after it was released. Combines my favorite focal length with USM and IS. Should be good for pics and vids.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Had this lens along with a Rebel G film body. Lots of fun really, but less fun on crop sensor so sold it, only to reacquire a 2nd for FF, which still doesn't light my fire.

gulati's previous gear

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS (Digital IXUS 950 IS / IXY Digital 810 IS)
Canon PowerShot G2
Canon PowerShot G9
Liked time-lapse, but otherwise preferred the earlier SD700. New owner was so happy she searched for another SD850 for her mom. Really not a bad camera at all.
Crazy when you think about. Not much after release $750 was a killer deal. Loved the filp-out & quick f/2, but over time operations felt dog slow & ISO stunk. Still great first digital.
First G since the G2. Lens is not as fast, but ISO & focal range are much better. Sort of miss the flip screen. Not bad, but not sure why I keep it. Ended up giving to my brother.
Canon EOS 400D (EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS Kiss Digital X)
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8
Not bad for first dSLR. Small, light and plenty capable. Just didn't care for lens choices, lowlight or shutter sounds.
Really wanted the 20 to be wonderful on crop. Only good up close, not so good for landscapes. Now I occasionally pine for the FL on FF.
Another under-appreciated lens on crop, might shine on FF, but may still favor 35 FL. Wonderfully lightweight and fast enough.
Canon EF 35mm F2.0
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
This lens takes me back to RebelG/50/1.8 days. Wonderfully lightweight on 5D2. And I don't mind the buzz one bit! Sold, since I now have the IS, but still really like the non-IS.
Not bad for vids and indoors, but I prefer 35mm for receptions and outdoor shots. I could lose this lens and not miss it. I did end up selling since I didn't warmup to 50 on full frame. I'll keep the 50 f/1.8 just in case.
My very first zoom on RebelG film body. Got some decent use, but now it seems like a distant memory.
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
Hardly ever used this lens. Don't miss it one bit.
Never got the hang of this lens and unfortunately sold near-new after FF. Heard great things and I'm sure the new owner is very happy.
Really liked 30 on crop for contrast & size. Even better after Sigma calibration, but AF still not-so reliable. Did lens have the "Sigma yellow" or did I not yet know how to manage WB?
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 AF 1.4x
First zoom. Decent range and decent lens speed, but not crazy about variable AVs and never warmed to zooms, so finally had to go.
Might be more useful on FF, but might ditch this guy since he eats up lens speed. Ended up selling since I never used the converter. I don't think performance was the major issue, rather, switching primes is already a hassle, so adding converters to the mix was an even bigger nuisance.