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Inside My Camera Bag | Barna Tanko

Born Hungarian, I have had the privilege of living in Canada for a long time, in South America for years and traveling extensively throughout the Americas.

My cameras became a faithful companion, documenting the diversity of the world. Immersing myself in the Americas, I have experienced a rich tapestry of cultures and awe-inspiring landscapes.

After sleeping in a Sprinter van for five and a half years, I became a resident of Ecuador and opened a photography studio, connecting with locals through photoshoots.

My recent travels from Ecuador led me back to Europe, and I now reside in Germany, close to Bonn.

I got my first camera when I was eight years old, and soon, I learned how to process films and enlarge prints in the darkroom. I know how fixers smell!

Although my favorite is the studio environment, I don’t shy away from shooting live concerts and traveling photos, flower macros, and, last but not least, dog portraits.

This variety keeps me from getting bored of being limited to only one style of photography.

Being a Canon shooter since the film era, I have been running parallel Canon and Sony cameras for the last decade and recently switched entirely to Sony.

I do not place a great deal of emphasis on equipment. Of course, the basics must be there, but hoarding is out of the question. Nowadays, cameras and lenses are so good that it comes down to personal preferences, which you pick as a workhorse.

Sony A7R – I love this old and very light camera. It’s durable, and the resolution is just about right at thirty-six megapixels. It’s my choice for rambling, travel, and hiking. The shutter is slightly loud and lacks camera stabilization, which photographers have not had for a long time.

Sony A7 IV – This camera has seriously improved usability but with added weight compared to the Sony A7R. Therefore, I mainly use it for studio shots and occasions when speed and quiet are necessary. While it’s not an R series, the price, quality, and features were convincing.

My choice of lenses so far:

Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA – this lightweight lens is fast and sharp.

Tamron 24mm f/2.8 – is super lightweight and great for long walks. It’s cheap, fast and sharp.

Sony Vario-Tessa T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS – I have had this lens for ten years, and it’s still a keeper. Although it is only f/4, I see nothing wrong with it.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 – an excellent all-purpose lens on the dot for studio use. I like that extra five millimeters on the long end.

Sony 70-200mm f/4 G – is another excellent lens that produces pretty good results at f/4. Of course, 2.8 is better, but we can compensate with ISO pretty nicely nowadays, and the bokeh is still lovely at f/4. I rarely use this length anyway.

For studio shots, I use Godox lights; I switched from wired to rechargeable compact strobes.

The Godox AD100 Pro and Godox AD 200 Pro yield great results with various modifiers. They are lightweight for portability and charge enough for many photos.

Post-processing is mainly in Lightroom and some Photoshop.

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