This page contains links to articles and posts I’ve written about photographic subjects including the equipment that I use (or, in some cases, have used or studied extensively) — including my tests, reviews, and subjective opinions related to DSLR and other camera bodies, lenses, tripods, bags, and other gear.  Note that some of the review are now quite dated – but I have left them online since the posts still contain useful general information. (Note: I have added an “Articles by Others” section at the bottom of the page that lists articles by other authors.)

G Dan Mitchell’s Annual Favorite Photographs Lists

It has become something of an internet tradition to assemble a collection of annual favorite photographs right around New Year’s Day each year. Take a look at some of what I’ve selected over the years.

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 (in progress)


“A Photograph Exposed”

Photographic Myths and Platitudes Series

About Making Photographs


Reader Questions

Post-Processing and Printing


Photography Online

Tongue in Cheek

General Photography Equipment Topics



  • TBA

Coastal California

  • TBA

Death Valley

  • TBA

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Fall Color


  • TBA


Most of my photography is done using a Canon full-frame DSLR system with a range of lenses. I have used a cropped sensor DSLR in the past, but have shot with full frame for close to a decade now. In addition, I use a Fujifilm mirrorless system for travel and and street photography. Below are links to articles I’ve written based on the use of this equipment.

Canon Cameras

Canon 5DS and 5DS R

In early 2015 Canon announced the development and scheduled release of two new DSLR cameras in the 5D series, the 5DS and the 5DS R models. Both provide approximately 50 megapixels (MP) of sensor resolution. The cameras seem to be an excellent next evolutionary step for Canon photographers who can use the additional resolution.

(You may use the links in the paragraph to order/reserve either the 5DS or the 5DS R from site-sponsor B&H photo. I have reserved mine — I’m going with the “R” model.)

Canon EOS 5D II

Canon EOS 5D

I used the original Canon 5D full frame DSLR as my primary body for about four years, and then used it for nearly another five years as my second/backup camera body. The 5D was nearly revolutionary at the time of its introduction, providing the benefits of full frame to those who need it at a much lower price point than previously. The image quality was and is excellent from this camera. It remains as good today as it was when it was introduced, though more recent cameras have added important and useful features and updated functional characteristics. You can read an updated post about this camera here at the blog.

Canon XT/350D Digital Rebel

Canon Lenses

All lenses listed here are lenses that I either do use or have used extensively, so my descriptions are based on firsthand experience.

Canon EFS 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II

  • Review of this lens in pending

Canon EF 35mm f/2

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8

  • Review of this lens is pending.

Canon EF 135mm f/2 L

  • Review of this lens is pending.

Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II

Canon EF 24-105 f/4 IS L

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

  • Review of this lens is pending.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II (NEW version — Introduced December 2014)

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L (old version)

General Lens Topics



In early 2013 I decided to acquire a Fujifilm X-E1 and a few lenses so that I could travel a bit lighter during an overseas trip. I had heard good things about this gear, felt it was probably “good enough” for how I intended to use it, and found the small size of the cameras and lenses to be very attractive. (I prefer to travel light, checking no baggage if possible.) I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this gear, and especially by the image quality of the lenses. See my regularly updated page about Fujifilm gear here:

An extensive of Fujfilm X-series gear follows. (I have not used all of the equipment in this list, and equipment I use is indicated with an “*”.)





Tripods and Heads

  • Induro C313  Carbon Fiber Tripod — discontinued, but CT314 is a close equivalent (Induro CT314 Tripod at B&H)
  • Gitzo 2542L “Mountaineer” Carbon Fiber Tripod (Gitzo GT2542L Tripod at B&H)
  • Acratech Ultimate Ballhead — my favorite backpacking ballhead.  (available at B&H)
  • Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead — my favorite general use ballhead.

Bags and Backpacks




  • Six Million Dollar Home
  • Eight Million Dollar Home

Other Equipment


Electronic Flash

Articles by Others

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist. His book, “California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra” is available from Heyday Books and Amazon.
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