What equipment do you use? Why do you use that lens? How many cameras do you have?
These are some of the questions I have been asked over the years so I thought I would satisfy curious minds. Remember, I have been in the photography business for many years and started in the film industry, so some of my lenses are actually from the 1970's and were used on film cameras!
Nowadays, you can purchase a kit camera with one or two lenses for under $1000-nikon or canon. These kit cameras are a great starting point, but have many limitations.
There is so much that goes into camera buying and lens choice, that those topics are not going to be discussed here, but I will give you the cost and the reason I purchased what I did.
MINOLTA XG7-my very first camera received when I was 17 as a graduation gift from my dad. Before this, I was using his equipment! I used this camera for many years-even photographed the bands Chicago, and Doobie Brothers with it!
NIKON D50-my first purchase into the digital camera world back in 2005, I believe! I used this camera for several years photographing my youngest daughter and her teammates on the high school cross country and track teams.
NIKON D7000-my daughter purchased this camera for me in 2010, and it truly started the beginning of my business! Fantastic color and great for portraits.
NIKON D2x-purchased as a backup for my d7000 (bought it used)
NIKON D300-Better for sports photography!
NIKON D610-first new camera I purchased-upgraded from my d7000 and kept my d7000 as the backup
NIKON D3-great for sports and for better quality images-purchased new to replace my D610
NIKON D800-purchased used-rated one of the best cameras in terms of quality and color
NIKON D750-Adorama had a great deal on this camera after it had been in the market for awhile-purchased new
NIKON D4-upgraded from my D3-purchased used
First lens not pictured are all the film lenses I had from my minolta xg7, and I am not even sure which ones those were. They were a lot smaller than the digital ones they make today!
nikon 50mm, purchased with my nikon d50-great all around lens
nikon 80-200 mm-I kept this from my film days and used it on my d50 when I was photographing sports.
nikon 300mm-a great lens of you are a birdwatcher or animal photographer-this is another older lens, purchased for sports
nikon 35mm-purchased for wide angle use and groups
nikon tokina 11-16mm-purchased when I started photographing real estate
nikon 70-200mm-this is my second 70-200 mm lens as the first one, also purchased used starting having issues
nikon 85mm-this is an old film lens, still use it today-great portrait lens
nikon 24-70mm-purchased used-great lens for groups and wide angle shots
Two camera flashes-Nikon sb600 and Yonguno for on camera flash with diffuser
WESCOTT Spiderlite-WITH 32X48 SOFTBOX
WESCOTT SPiderlight with 12x35 Stripbank softbox
ALIEN BEES 400 with fotodix 36" octabox
Two Gary Fong diffusers for on camera flash
One MagMod diffiuser for on camera flash
Alien Bees trigger and receiver for the 400 strobe unit
Wescott 7 foot umbrella for flash units
Extra spiderlight unit
Extra 24x36 softbox
tons of cords
5 light stands
Battery for Alien Bee 400 unit
Tenba camera bag
5 external hard drives for backup
d7000-probably around $1200, my daughter bought this one!
d300-this came with a lot of extra accessories-$400, used
When you buy a used camera, you have to take on the risk of something going wrong. Which happened to me with the d800 and the d3. Both started giving me error messages and would quit working after awhile of use. So, they became undependable. Thus, the upgrades! I would have loved to purchased new cameras, but with a price tag of $5000, I was just not in that place. I am not the type that runs out and always buys the newest and the greatest, either. The cameras I have may be older models, but they work great!
As far as cost on the lenses and other items- ballpark figure of everything that I have is $11, 325.
There you go-a glimpse into what is in my bag.
It is important to me to have backups of everything I have so that my business can run smoothly without any issues that directly affect my clients. I think I have it covered.
What's in your camera bag?
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And, if you are ready for me to use one of my cameras and lenses to photograph your family, child, teen or high school senior, give me a call at 630.636.9107 or get in touch below!