As of February 1st I am now shooting exclusively with Fuji equipment. There are many reasons for this including lighter gear, similar or better image quality, cost and flexibility. But, I still consider Nikon gear in high regard and do shoot with Nikon from time to time.
I did one of these posts a while back and figured I should do an update. I no longer only do wedding and events and have really started to focus a lot on portraits. And, by doing so I've worked hard on having the proper equipment to cover everything from portraits to weddings, to macro work.
I've been asked to share what's in my bag so here goes.
The Nikon D610 is my first Full Frame camera and will now be my primary body replacing my D7000. So far I've been amazed by the high ISO capability, quickness in auto focusing, the large view finder and the fact that it brings out the best of my lenses. Its more durable and slightly better looking than my D7000. But, all kidding aside it is a fantastic camera and was a very easy transition coming from the D7000.
2nd Body (might be replacing it soon, not sure)
As I only shoot with prime lenses it is very important to have two bodies to work with. I enjoy being able to put a wider lens on one and a longer lens on the other. This makes for faster transitions and also reduced the shutter count on my cameras. Previously I owned 2 D7000 cameras and both have been fantastic for me. I learned so much with my D7000. It really helped me step up from amateur to pro and taught me more about my lenses and my style. For anyone looking to upgrade from a D3000 or D5000 series, this is a big upgrade in both functions, button placement and the ability to use other AIS lenses as it has a built in motor. Same goes for the D7100 as it has recently replaced the D7000.
Nikon 28mm 2.8D
I'm going to have to start with my widest lens. I hardly use this lens, but when I have large groups to photograph I make sure I have it with me. It also works well in low light so it makes for a good indoor lens. There is nothing fancy about this lens, but it gets the job done. I owned the 24mm version, but this one seemed to be a tad sharper. I'll probably never upgrade this lens as it doesn't really get much use. I prefer my longer lenses.
The Nifty Fifty
Nikon 50mm 1.4G ( I also own the 50mm 1.8G)
For portraits there is probably nothing better that will allow you full body, half body and head shots. The 50mm lens has been one of my favorites for quite some time now. It does well with close focusing and also with wider shots as well. I always enjoy its sharpness and great bokeh. A 50mm lens is a must have in anyone's bag.
The Nikon 85mm 1.8G King of Bokeh!
I will have to say that the 85mm 1.8G is my favorite portrait lens. If I had all the space in the world I would use this as my only lens. It is vibrant, sharp, amazing bokeh and not too heavy. If you are serious about portraits make sure to get this in tandem with your 50mm lens.
Nikon 105mm 2.8G VR
This is a stunning macro lens that also doubles as a great portrait lens. I used to have the D version which was amazing as well. I decided on this one for the VR and the nano coating. It is now my longest lens and will get tons of use on my D610. If you like macro photography I'd recommend either the D version or this G version. Can't go wrong either way.
Tamrac messenger series
I like using my messenger bag when I am off taking photos for fun. It is smaller and will allow me to bring two lenses and a flash. I could probably fit one more small lens in there as well, but I enjoy packing light. It is very comfortable and well built. I was never one for backpacks.
Tamrac Pro 8 and Pro 12
Both of these bags are shoulder bags and work great for events and weddings. I favor the Pro8 for smaller events where I need both my cameras and some lenses. For weddings and larger events I use the Pro 12 as it handles all my lenses and flashes, batteries etc. I really like the Tamrac build quality and design. The Pro 12 allows me put two cameras in there with lenses on them so it makes it a really fast setup when photographing a wedding.
SB-600 and SB-700
These are very important when photographing events as sometimes the lighting is not ideal. The SB-700 replaced the SB-600, but they are both outstanding as mid tier full swivel flashes. They are great for bouncing light and adding some fill flash on my subjects. I don't use them too much outside of events so they are still in great shape and will most likely last me for years to come.
I use a Mac computer with several external Hard Drives.
Adobe Lightroom 5.3
Eneloop batteries (fantastic!)
But generally I like to pack light. I can shoot a whole event with two lenses if need be and a portrait session with one.
I love gear and have bought and sold $$$$ in the past. But as a prime lens photographer I'm very happy with what I own.
What I would like?
Another full frame camera.
A 180mm 2.8 lens or similar...
Just dreaming ....... the 85mm 1.4G lens
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