*** In mid 2015, I fully transitioned from Nikon to Fuji. The remainder of this page is historical.
I bought my first 35mm film camera while stationed in Korea. I realize now what a perfect camera it was (if you're curious it was a Pentax Super Program). I carried that camera all over the world.
I resisted digital at first. I don't know why. Now, I can't imagine going back to film. I had the usual assortment of compact and prosumer cameras until finally taking the big leap to a digital SLR - a Nikon D70s. The digital SLR reinvigorated my love for photography.
After the D70s, I moved to a Nikon D300. Nikon created a masterful camera that perfectly melded form and function. I loved every minute of the over 6 years that I owned this camera. Unfortunately (as of early summer 2014) Nikon never released a true successor (pro build and controls, 14-bit uncompressed NEF being the major requirements IMHO). The newer cameras capabilities in low light, image size and video ultimately lead me to upgrading.
So what's in my camera bag now? And why? I hope this conversation is useful for you if you are considering a D-SLR or lens.
My current camera body is a full-frame Nikon D800E. At this time, the D800 / D800E / D810 are generally recognized as one of the best cameras on the planet. I won't ever bash the other major DSLR players (Canon, Olympus, Sony, etc.). Sony especially seems to be coming on strong and pushing Nikon to be better. It’s a great time to be a photographer!
If you do buy a digital SLR, you will quickly become familiar with the term "lens lust". There is always a newer, better, additional feature that if I had, I could . . . fill in the blank. You see, it happens automatically! I have quite a few lenses, many of which have been purchased used. I have heard the horror stories but (knock on wood) have never had an issue. I have purchased lens via eBay, other Nikonians and Fred Miranda.
Remember that lens lust disease? I had it. I think I am, for the most part, recovered. I think. Mostly. Anyway, below is a current list of the lens I have, why I have them and how I use them.
So what do I usually carry with me? My normal DSLR kit is the Sigma 12-24mm, the Tamron 24-70mm and the Tamron 70-200mm. If I think I will be in a situation where changing lens is impractical or intrusive, the Tamron 28-300mm is perfect.
So what about you? Nikon? Canon? Sony? Fuji? Olympus? What kind of lens and why? Use the Contact me page and let me know!