Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Photography Toolbox

I’ve been asked a number of times, to post a little about my cameras, and lenses.  I’ve finally gotten around to posting a little bit about what I shoot with. 
In November 2010, I finally made the decision move to a DSLR, and was thinking of the Nikon D3100. I had read about both the Nikon D3100 and the Nikon D7000 on many sites, especially and, with the goal of using my Dad’s old Lenses, especially the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AI-S.   It wasn’t until I actually shared the idea with my mom, and we had a chance to check out both of the cameras, that the decision was made to purchase the Nikon D7000

As you can see, I was easily able to mount the Lens, and it’s the best for my getting those special shots.  (This picture was incidentally taken with my old , Nikon Coolpix P80 that’s still very usable.

At the time, of purchase, I bought the Kit, which along with the body, included the , Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR.  This gave me a Good wide angle zoom, but having been used to the P80 I was spoiled, and eventually had to add the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR to my collection.  I quickly also purchased an eye-cup, as I found using the viewfinder was definitely better than the LCD (especially for saving battery life).

My next important addition was to get an external Flash. Having rented an SB-900 for a practice shoot, it became clear that I needed a real flash. The Nikon Flashes Compared article on helped as well as his review of Nikon SB-700 Flash. What I love best about it is the fact it comes with a diffuser, and it works well for as a remote flash, and that it doesn’t overheat the way the SB-900 does.

I also found I wanted a more solid feeling from camera, and preferred the look and feel with a proper grip.  So I added the MB-D11 battery grip to my collection adding the option of either a second Li-Ion battery or 6-AA batteries.  It also provided Portrait mode set of controls, to ease taking portrait shots.

Eventually, I purchased the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D for the days when manual focus is just too difficult. I then found I wanted something to get closer to the subject, thus purchasing the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G.


In my next post about my equipment, I’ll have some of the Sample shots I took different levels of Zoom and the use of tele-extenders.

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