My Canon 5D MkII Kit

A Listmania! list by John B. Kalla (Aurora, CO USA)
The list author says: "My third digital SLR, after a RebelXT and a 40D, the 5D is an amazing camera. It has a full-frame sensor, so lenses work the way they're supposed to. My 16-35L is much wider on the 5D than it was on my previous cameras. I sold the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX with the 40D because it was made strictly for "crop-sensor" cameras.

These are items I own and have found useful in my amateur photography. I am also listing lower-priced alternatives, for those of you just starting out, though keep in mind that my wish list would be slightly different for one of the "crop-sensor" cameras.

My new favorite photography-related company is Really Right Stuff. Unfortunately, they don't sell over Amazon, but check them out! I'm not really a fan of their bags, but the tripod heads are great, and I imagine their tripods are, too!"
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full Frame DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
1.  Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full Frame DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL) by Canon
The list author says:
  "Fantastic full-frame camera!  Expensive, but worth it if you can make the jump."
$2,119.99   Used & New from: $949.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)

Canon Battery Grip BG-E6 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
2.  Canon Battery Grip BG-E6 (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Canon
The list author says:
  "A necessity for all SLRs, a battery grip adds an extra battery and vertical shooting capabilities.  The Canon grips are fantastic, but I haven't heard anything bad about the off-brands, which are much cheaper.
Lately, since I've been doing a lot of hiking, I rarely use the grip.  It just takes up too much room and weight for carrying."
Used & New from: $99.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
3.  Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "The least expensive Canon 70-200L lens, it has no Image Stabilization and is f/4, not f/2.8.  Canon makes 4 versions of this lens:  f/4L, f/4L IS, f/2.8L, f/2.8L IS. The f/4 version of Canon's 70-200L is one of the sharpest zoom lenses made, IMHO.

Upgrade:  Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS - $1700
Or try the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, which can be used as a macro lens, has a wider aperture, and is only $750."
$649.00   Used & New from: $483.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
4.  Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens by Canon
The list author says:
  "A great wide angle zoom.

Alternative:  Canon 17-40mm f/4L - $750."
$1,599.00   Used & New from: $1,100.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
5.  Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Just bought this lens.  Haven't had a chance to try it out yet.  Will post more when I do."
$1,349.00   Used & New from: $889.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

Canon EF 1.4X II Extender Telephoto Accessory
6.  Canon EF 1.4X II Extender Telephoto Accessory by Canon
The list author says:
  "Got this at the same time I bought the 300mm f/4L."
Used & New from: $205.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
7.  Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Sigma
The list author says:
  "The shots from this lens are fantastic!  It's a great low-light, standard lens.  Probably my most-used lens.  Works great for those indoor shots where you don't want to use flash.  Highly recommended!

Upgrade:  Canon 50mm f/1.2L - $1450
Alternative:  Canon 50mm f/1.8 - $100"
$399.00   Used & New from: $319.00
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)

Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
8.  Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "Bigger and more powerful than the 430EX, this is Canon's flagship flash.

Alternative:  Canon 430EX II - $290"
Used & New from: $300.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)

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Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
9.  Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras by Canon
The list author says:
  "My second-in-line flash."
$299.00   Used & New from: $199.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (878 customer reviews)

Gitzo GK1580TQR5 Series 1 6 X Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod Kit for Cameras
10.  Gitzo GK1580TQR5 Series 1 6 X Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod Kit for Cameras by Gitzo
The list author says:
  "Fantastic!  I use this tripod for almost everything.  It folds up really short, and the RRS BH-30LR head fits perfectly into it when folded.  Ten stars!  Of course, for the money, it should be amazing..."
$794.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Manfrotto 055MF3 3-Section MagFiber Tripod without Head
11.  Manfrotto 055MF3 3-Section MagFiber Tripod without Head by Manfrotto
The list author says:
  "Amazingly stable tripod!  Holds 15 lbs, but is too large for backpacking or traveling, especially with the 322RC2 head.  The new version is the 055CXPRO3.
I now have the Really Right Stuff BH-55LR attached to this tripod for some serious stiffness.

Alternative:  Manfrotto 055XPROB - $180"
$399.99
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

BENRO MC-91EX Carbon Monopod
12.  BENRO MC-91EX Carbon Monopod by Benro
The list author says:
  "Haven't had a chance to use this yet, but it's inexpensive and light.  I ordered a head for it.  It didn't come with a bag, but I'm not sure it needs one."
Out of stock
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Manfrotto MBAG80PN Padded Tripod Bag -Replaces MBAG80P -Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
13.  Manfrotto MBAG80PN Padded Tripod Bag -Replaces MBAG80P -Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Manfrotto
The list author says:
  "I have the previous version of this bag, the MBAG80P.  It perfectly fits my Manfrotto 055MF3 with 322RC2 attached.  Expensive for a bag."
$78.18
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Pocket Wizard 801150 Flex Transceiver TT5 Bundle of 2 With 1 Pocket Wizard 801140 Mini TT1 Transmitter for Canon DSLR for Canon DSLR (1 Mini and 2 Flex)
14.  Pocket Wizard 801150 Flex Transceiver TT5 Bundle of 2 With 1 Pocket Wizard 801140 Mini TT1 Transmitter for Canon DSLR for Canon DSLR (1 Mini and 2 Flex) by PocketWizard
The list author says:
  "These things are the best, if you have to use flash.  They're a lot more reliable than Canon's IR system."
$657.00   Used & New from: $499.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Tamrac 5549 Adventure 9 Photo/Computer Backpack (Grey/Black)
15.  Tamrac 5549 Adventure 9 Photo/Computer Backpack (Grey/Black) by Tamrac
The list author says:
  "I've tried the high-priced brands, and keep coming back to the Adventure 9.  It's not waterproof, but has a great layout for a split backpack, and it's comfortable. The Tamrac takes care of 90% of my travel needs.  Also holds a 17" Macbook Pro. Better & cheaper than anything else I've tried."
$149.95   Used & New from: $98.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

Domke 700-02A F-2 Bag (Brown Waxwear Finish)
16.  Domke 700-02A F-2 Bag (Brown Waxwear Finish) by Tiffen
The list author says:
  "I love this bag!  When full, it's a little too heavy to be carrying all day, but it will fit my camera with the 70-200L attached, the 520EX flash, the 16-35L (kindof sitting on top of the camera and lens) and the Gitzo tripod hooked through the top flap."
$119.00   Used & New from: $75.54
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

Sanyo Eneloop AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargable Batteries with Charger - 4 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
17.  Sanyo Eneloop AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargable Batteries with Charger - 4 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Sanyo
The list author says:
  "These batteries are great!  I use them in the flashes."
$24.95   Used & New from: $9.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (532 customer reviews)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 [OLD VERSION]
18.  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 [OLD VERSION] by Adobe
The list author says:
  "My most-used software!  I don't even need to use Photoshop much anymore.  A must-have!"
$77.68   Used & New from: $69.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

Adobe Photoshop CS5 [Mac] [Old Version]
19.  Adobe Photoshop CS5 [Mac] [Old Version] by Adobe
The list author says:
  "Awesome and expensive, but with great student discounts!"
Used & New from: $3,995.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Photomatix Pro 5
20.  Photomatix Pro 5 by HDRsoft
The list author says:
  "A great application to have for High Dynamic Range photography."
$99.00   Used & New from: $45.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

HDR Efex Pro
21.  HDR Efex Pro by NIK Software
The list author says:
  "I sometimes use this, and sometimes use Photomatix Pro.  They have different options and effects. Highly recommended."
Out of stock
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

 
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Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 Academic US
22.  Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 Academic US by NIK Software
The list author says:
  "I don't have the Academic edition, but I can't find the regular edition on Amazon. 
Great for B&W effects."
Out of stock
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

 
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Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
23.  Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 by Scott Kelby
The list author says:
  "Fantastic little books by Scott Kelby!  Must haves for amateurs and beginners."
Used & New from: $25.09
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
24.  The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby
The list author says:
  "Great book, of course, like all of Kelby's books."
$34.38   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
25.  The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby
The list author says:
  "Especially for beginners and amateurs, this book is well-written and helpful.  I get a new copy with every version of Photoshop."
$34.38   Used & New from: $0.36
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Apple MacBook Pro MD311LL/A 17-Inch Laptop
26.  Apple MacBook Pro MD311LL/A 17-Inch Laptop by Apple
The list author says:
  "I got the minimum RAM and the smallest SSD, then removed them and maxed out the RAM (8GB at Crucial.com) and put in a 512GB SSD from NewEgg.com.  Now this thing really cooks!  I'll never buy a spinning hard drive again!  2.5GHz quad-core i7."
Used & New from: $979.00
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Apple iMac MC510LL/A 27-Inch Desktop
27.  Apple iMac MC510LL/A 27-Inch Desktop by Apple
The list author says:
  "Got mine in June 2010.  Quad-core i7 with 16GB RAM, 2TB drive.
The display is fantastic.  The only thing I would change would be the hard drive.  It's a decent hard drive with lots of space, but my MB Pro has spoiled me.  I can no longer live without a Solid State Drive in my computers!  If I can afford it in the future, I'll probably have the drive replaced with a 512GB SSD."
Used & New from: $943.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 11/15/11
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