I often get the question, what do I shoot with, and although I believe the gear is not overly important in the scheme of things, I do believe it is important to choose gear that works best for you.
For me that, at the moment, is definitely Nikon, at least for the core camera body. By the way Nikon are not sponsoring this post, I can only dream of that day! Yes I have left out the specific model numbers for some of the gear below, and I know any gear nerd reading this is probably annoyed at me but, if you are interested in the models, let me know and i can add those.
Nikon D7200, yes this is a crop sensor body. And yes I plan to make the jump to full frame soon, but for the moment this camera does everything I need and more.
I use almost all non-Nikon lenses, they are just as good (if not better in some cases), and a lot cheaper, which is important for someone starting out like me to keep costs to an absolute minimum
Tamron 70-200 f2.8 - my favourite lens for portraits and sports
Sigma 17-50mm - my all rounder go to lens, it does have some limitations but produces beautiful images.
Nikon 50MM f1.8 - Great for low light situations, but I have the plastic cheap version and I honestly am not a huge fan of this lens but it does what it says on the box.
Manfrotto - paying a little more for a tripod was totally worth it!
For the moment I mainly use a cheap-ish permanent lighting setup I bought of eBay, I choose permanent for a number of reasons
Subject pupils will be smaller with permanent lighting, thus the iris is bigger giving a much better look (a tip from the awesome Peter Hurley)
I can use the lights to also shot video
flash scares the hell out of me
Dell XPS - I like to use Dell as I have had great experiences with them in the past, their kit is well supported. I am also used to windows, and regardless of its apparent failings I actually prefer it. I come from an IT background so love the flexibility of being able to upgrade and expand my kit when required.
I also have a small crappy cheap laptop - just in case I need something more portable, but to be honest by phone has pretty much replaced this.
I say mobile device and not phone, as to be honest smart phones are so much more than just phones now, to call them such is like calling a car a horseless carriage. My weapon of choice is the Samsung Galaxy S8+ great device, great camera, can get hot when pushed, e.g. editing video on there. but all in all I love it and the extra real estate on the plus make my live easier. I am highly likely to go to a Note or S10 soon though as I am due an upgrade from my supplier. Watch this space.
Camera Bag - Nothing special just a basic bag
Moment Lens (wide angle - coupled with he Android app this is an awesome setup - more on that in another post)
Back Drops - just basics for the moment but I plan to upgrade those in the near future.
Misc - hard drives, SD cards, remotes, card holders, lens wipes, etc
Coffee - Sometimes I think I am made from 25% coffee
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