You might be wondering what I shoot with. Well first things first, I’m a Nikon man. I have used Canon equipment extensively and find Nikon’s system just a bit better. Everyone has their preference.
Here’s the breakdown:
Nikon D7000: A fantastic upgrade from my 6 year old, and perfectly functioning, D40. Yes, the D7000 is now a last-gen product, but the image quality is still fantastic with an immense dynamic range, especially for an APS-C sensor. Overall usability of the body is great, with an even better feel and ergonomic design. I use this with the MB-D11 grip from Nikon to balance out my heavy lenses.
Nikon 50 f/1.8 AF-D: A super cheap, super sharp and super small lens. These sell for around $130 new with a 5 year warranty from Nikon. This was my first prime lens. On the D40, it was manual focus only, so the learning curve was quite steep. However, I never un-mounted it from the camera. It’s that good.
Nikon 85 f/1.8 AF-S: This lens is beautiful. Stop down to f/2.8 and shoot handheld all day. It’s light and the all-time manual focus is beautiful. This is a great portrait lens and for half the cost of the equivilant f/1.4, it’s shoots just as well.
Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D Two Ring: Bought second-hand, this lens is an absolute workhorse. Mine appears to be roughly 10 years old, but the performance says otherwise. These lenses have a few common faults, which plague my lens. However, none impeed the auto-focus system and boy does it work well. I use this for automotive, sports, and portrait photography.
Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 AT-X Pro: This lens is built to the standard of the Nikon 80-200, a clear example of what professional gear should look and feel like. The glass is beautiful, clear, and SHARP! I have had a lot of fun using this lens and haven’t even gotten close to using it to its full potential.
Nikon SB-700: A perfect mid-range speedlight that functions with Nikon’s CLS (think wireless flash triggering, with metering/on-camera power controls). Yet another untapped source of imagination for me, I hope to explore this unit more.
Yongnuo YN-560 II: A low cost and versatile speedlight. Tied with RF triggers, I use this, along with the Nikon SB-700, to artificially light scenes. More of this coming Summer/Fall of 2014.