John Gilchrist | Camera Equipment - John's Camera Gear & Glass

John's Camera Gear & Glass

list of photography and camera gearPhotography GearI try hard not to make it a gear thing, however, essential items are a must have.

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Thought it might be appropriate to list the core elements that make up the foundation of my camera equipment, lenses being priority with camera body choice a close second.

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Bodies: Phone, Canon

Good Camera: iPhone 7 plus

The iPhone model is tried and tested, it works for me and the iPhone 7 plus just like the previous models hasn't let me down yet.

Best Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II Body x 3

My goto camera for any job, they are so good I have three of them, why change when they work so well.


Goodglass - Pro Lenses

Using the best camera gear that I can get my hands on is essential, especially the glass used in today's top lenses, that’s priority. It’s all about the glass, good glass packs a punch, it’s as simple as that, I’ve invested in the best glass with pro lenses and I haven’t regretted a single penny spent.




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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

Fab wide lens for when one shot shots are required, great for interiors or closeups for that alternative perspective.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

My super fast nifty fifty, ideal for low-light situations, mainly used as my backup lens for weddings.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens

Purchased for on location wedding portraiture, it stays safe in the kit bag and brought out for those special moments. Also ideal for indoor sports photography but I rarely use this lens for that purpose.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

When I require to get in big and close, reaching for this lens is a must.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

Discretion is key, perfect for street photography, used on a body without battery grip to offer a lower profile when I’m on the streets. It’s less in your face and you can get away with lots more. One of my first lenses I purchased, also used as a backup option for weddings.

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Physical weight can be restrictive, my ideal lens for longer excursions when travelling light helps but still require something with a good reach. Used with the extenders at a push as functionality is compromised.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Awesomeness, my most prized lens that I just love, magnifique.



Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM Lens *

My wide-zoom option when versatility and sharpness are required, part of my must have lens for wedding photography.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens*

Perhaps the second most used lens in my collection, how can you not? The model is a bit dated now but still works a treat and gets the job done well.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens*

There would need to be divorce papers drawn up to separate me from this bit glass. The lens is permanently attached to the camera, just phenomenal, not light but worth ever ache and pain it brings.

* denotes "My Holy Trinity" my choice of must have wedding lenses.



Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Lens

My main purpose for this lens is to build composite detailed interior images, however, I find myself applying this lens for close range shots of large areas in an outdoor environment too. Got to watch out for that bulbous front element though, people easily mistake the lens for a fisheye.

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens

Supports my other TS lens when the need for a wide perspective isn’t as critical.



Canon Extender EF 2x III

Great on the 400mm f/2.8 but has it's limitations on the 400mm f/5.6


Some Examples From Using The Above Kit

I'm not selling my products online IMG180723EdinburghPhotographer0001JG400mm f/2.8Shot with the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Edinburgh Sunset Bridge Edinburgh Sundown Bridge YamahaXJR1300 IMG180706-000885mm f/1.2Shot using the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens

Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh fire festival IMG20180430P0031JG70-200mm f/2.8Shot with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens ​​​​​​​