A Look at My Gear

While I was in LA, I found out Just-In-Time was featured on WordPress. That makes it my 4th appearance on Freshly Pressed since I started blogging about 19 months ago; I’m just as excited about it this time as I was the first time. Thank you all for reading and commenting – for your compliments and your support. Most of all, thank you for sharing your stories back with me and with the rest of the blogosphere.

I have been getting a lot of questions about what gear I use. In reality, it’s probably a lot more basic than what some people thought. Great gear is always nice, but I do believe the photographer creates the vision behind an image.

All my photos prior to March 2011 (including all my Europe photos so far) were shot with a Nikon D40. It is now discontinued but it’s similar to the Canon Rebel. I bought it in 2006; it isn’t a professional camera but it did the job for me at the time. Now I shoot with the Nikon D700 and I love it – it’s such a big improvement from the D40. I haven’t considered upgrading my camera further since the D700 is perfect for what I need right now. I also know some professional photographers who swear by it as their main camera so it has a lot of credibility in my eyes.

As for lenses, I only have 2 – a 24-120mm that was paired up with the camera as its kit lens when I purchased the D700 body, and a 50mm that I use for portraits. I mostly shoot with the 24-120mm if I’m traveling, and will switch to the 50mm if I’m photographing portraits or find myself shooting in low light conditions.

I would love to have a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens as well, but I’m a student and travelling is expensive, so I have to juggle the cost of every equipment with its benefits. My best advice for gear is to figure out what type of photography you’ll be doing (landscape vs. fashion vs. street photography vs. other), research the best equipment for the job, and make smart investments.

Camera:

Nikon D700

Lens:

Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5

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4 responses to “A Look at My Gear

  1. Thanks for the glimpse inside your camera bag! You’ve taken some amazing photos with both the D40, and the D700. You should check out some of David duChemin’s books. His mantra is “gear is good, vision is better.” Not that you are lacking in any area of photography, but he’s a very inspirational author.

  2. I love that you took your photos with a D40! I use one as well… I’m struggling to improve my photography and find that processing is my downfall. I love the look of your Europe photos, the colouring and tinting and everything. May I ask what program & techniques you use to create those effects? I’d really appreciate any advice or to be pointed in the right direction.

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