Paolo shoots with a limited selection of prime lenses, favouring their image quality and fast apertures as well as the creativity that the restriction of a single focal length gives him. “My normal set up is 28mm, 35mm and 50mm primes,” he reveals. “I have the fast EF35mm f/1.4L II USM and EF50mm f/1.4L II USM versions of those two lenses, and I enjoy using the EF28mm f/2.8 II USM too, which is very small.”
Also in Paolo’s bag is the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (“As much as I’m not in love with the idea of zooms, it’s a really great great lens!”) and the EF40mm f/2.8 STM ‘pancake’ lens – so called for its diminutive design.
When looking at his kit bag, the role equipment plays in Paolo’s discreet working style becomes more obvious. He likes to stay small and light, quick to react without drawing attention. And features in the new EOS 5D Mark IV can help here too. Take for example its Silent Shooting mode – an evolution of the technology found in previous 5D cameras. “When Canon introduced the Silent Shooting mode for me it was an absolute game changer,” Paolo says. “I actually use it virtually all of the time, both indoors and outdoors. I think of it as one of the best features of this camera system.”
Also new to Paolo was the ability to transfer images quickly to a tablet thanks to the EOS 5D Mark IV’s Wi-Fi/NFC mode. This new addition to the camera further impressed on him the knowledge that, should the situation ever arise where he needed to quickly share or shoot remotely using the Canon Connect app, he could do so with absolute ease.