Sunday, December 27, 2009

Building my Arsenal...

So since the digital age has begun, I had been very (very) slowly building up my arsenal of equipment. Things have vastly improved over the last year and I have been able to purchase more equipment for needs and future use.

As of now I own:
Nikon D300
AF Nikkor 50 f1.8
AF Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-4
AF-S Nikkor 105mm F2.8 VR
AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6
What I personally use to own until the D300:
Canon A2e
Canon 10D
AF Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4
AF Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
AF Canon 100mm f/2.0
What I have used and shot with during my years as a photojournalist
Nikon FM2
Nikon F3HP
Nikon F4
Nikon F5
Nikon D1
Nikon D200
Nikon D3
Manual 50mm f1.2
AF Sigma 14mm f2.8
AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f2.8
AF Nikkor 20mm f2.8
AF-S Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f2.8
Manual 300mm f2.8
And the beast among all of them, the Nikkor 400mm f2.8, manual lens (circa 1985)
Manual 500mm f8 Reflex Mirror

I guess you could say I have experienced many different aspects and equipment uses. After all this, I can honestly say, camera choice depends on your preference, your comfort, what you are used to. While I was shooting many of the film Nikon bodies during my years as a photojournalist, I was personally shooting Canon. Essentially the cameras are the same, same capabilities but the buttons and options are simply in different places.

I prefer Nikon, due to the quality of glass. I do honestly believe Nikon produces top of the line large glass and even in the variable lenses, I get outstanding results. The Nikon D300 and D3 produce simply fantastic image results and believe my next big purchase beside the Nikkor 17-55mm DX lens and the Nikkor 10.5mm DX is:

Nikon D700
Nikon D700

Unless something else comes out before I purchase this...  : )

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