My 365: My Other Babies

One of the questions I’ve heard (and asked) often is, “What kind of camera do you use?”

The answer to this question may not be nearly as important as you think.

Yes, good quality equipment is wonderful.  Yes, if you plan to go into business, you NEED to have good equipment.  But a good camera is only part of the equation.  The other 90%:  creative ability, technical knowledge (lots), design ability, computer skills, the ability to get along with other people, business skills … I could go on, but you get the idea.

Okay, that was my disclaimer.  Here’s what I have in my camera bag at the moment!  🙂

Camera Bodies:

Nikon D700 (my newest baby!  Full-frame sensor — woot!)

2 Nikon D90s (one for my husband, who second-shoots at the weddings we do)

“Portrait” Lenses:

85mm f/1.8 (new!  It’s a great lens for portraits.  It’s not the fastest or closest at finding focus, but I love it anyway.  Beautiful compression and bokeh.)

50mm f/1.8 (my first prime.  Great for just starting out … it’s very affordable, and I still use it a lot.)

Zoom Lenses:

70-300 f/4.5-5.6 (the salesman talked me into this one when I bought my first camera.  I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but it has come in handy for shooting wildlife, and occasionally for getting in close at weddings.  The variable aperture kind of stinks, though.)

18-105 f/3.5-5.6 (the kit lens that came with the D90.  I barely use this one at all … it’s not a bad lens, just not great.  If I were you, I’d save my money and get a prime instead.)

Wide-Angle Lenses:

35mm f/1.8 (I love this lens.  It lives on my camera when we’re in the house for everyday shooting, especially with the crop-sensor D90s.)

So um, yeah.  This is why we don’t have a nicer house/car/etc.   Also, guess what I ask for for birthday and Christmas presents?  😀

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  1. You’re so right on your comment “a good camera is only part of the equation….”.
    Expensive gear(s) doesn’t make a good photographer, but knowing how to use it and what to use and when to use makes one shine 😉

    Regarding your comment on 70-300mm lens, this is something I always tell my friends who wants to buy the camera as a “bundled” deal – I tell ’em to stay away from those and invest on prime lens(es)

    Thanks for sharing Melanie.

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