The Best Camera is the one you have with you

You know they say “The best camera is the one you have with you”.

Today I Googled myself.  You should try it.  You’d be surprised at how much of a trail you leave on the Interwebs.   In my case, it was positively refreshing to see my photographic work listed on Google, including a picture of this cute Shitzu.  I think its a Shitzu.

Canon 50D 50mm f1.8
Cute shitzu on the streets of Hong Kong with sign warning passer bys to keep off!

Turns out, I entered a pet photo contest way back in 2011, and got a commendation (1 of 12 images selected from an entry pool of 7000!).

Looking at the meta data on the image reveals that it was taken with my very old Canon 1000D + 50mm f1.8 lens (a kit worth about $300 today).  These days I lug around a full frame Canon 6D with a few bigger and significantly sophisticated lenses but I truly do miss having the versatility of the cheaper and more portable combination.  Some of my friends like Sven Shroeter from Bokeh Monster have made the switch to mirrorless (check out his amazing street photography), and he’ll probably be sending me a message saying “I told you so” in the next 30 mins :p

Long story short – that saying yields true.  I have enjoyed working with smaller SLRS, the trusty iphone camera, compacts and even the GoPro!  This little short was captured completely on a GoPro camera, perfect for travel:

Zhi and Violet’s Trip to Nadi, Fiji from Zhi Quan Lee on Vimeo.


You can take great images with whatever gear you have.  Just get out there and have fun.


More photos from that Hong Kong trip:

Taken with a Canon 1000D
Taken with a Canon 1000D
Taken with a Canon 1000D
Taken with a Canon 1000D
Taken with a Canon 1000D
Taken with a Canon 1000D


The big brother to the Canon 1000D is the 1100D retailing for less than $500 with a 18-35mm kit lens from one of these stores.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

Zhi Lee

Award winning NZ wedding, travel and portrait photographer. Creating images for the enjoyment of others really gets me going. It is through photography that I get to connect with people and express a little bit of creativity.