What’s in my bag?

Current Gear

Camera:

Nikon D800

Nikon D80 backup camera

Lenses:

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G AF-S

Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G AF-S

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED-IF AF-S

Nikon 24-120mm f/4 G ED-IF AF-S VRII

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G

Nikon 300mm f/4 D ED-IF AF-S

Nikon TC-14EII

Flash:

Nikon SB-700

Rogue Flashbender

Promaster 22″ 5 in 1 reflector Disc

40″ reflective umbrella and light stand

Bags:

Kata 3N1-33 and a Kata SB-902

I¬†started out in photography with a film N65¬†Nikon and two sigma zoom lenses about 10 years ago.¬† When you are shooting film you really need to know what you are doing since there is no immediate feedback.¬† Also¬†a “large” photo shoot involved less than a 100 images.¬† These factors made my¬†progress slow in improving my photographs.¬† Fortunately for me and many photographers digital photography came along.¬† With my first digital camera a Nikon D80¬†and a great lens for learning photography, the Nikon 18-200mm VR zoom lens,¬† I could take hundreds of photos and learn from what works and what doesn’t.¬† I also spent hours reading up on photography techniques.¬† I have learned a lot from websites like kenrockwell.com and photographylife.com.¬† I am also very fortunate to be surrounded by great photographers that share a passion for photography and don’t mind sharing techniques.

As technology has improved and as I got better at my art, I realized I would like to upgrade my camera.¬†¬†When the D7000¬†came out a friend purchased one and let me experiment with his.¬† It was such a huge improvement over the D80 I knew I had to have one.¬† So¬†in May 2011,¬†I purchased one for myself.¬† I’ve now taken¬†just under 14000 photographs¬†with it.

I also realized I wanted a sharper/faster lens than the 18-200 zoom I was using.   I first purchased a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D to do better portrait work, which I then upgraded to the 50mm f/1.8G.  When I upgraded my camera in May 2013, to the D800, I purchased the 85mm f/1.8G to go with the 50mm for portrait work.  I knew I wanted a zoom that was very sharp yet reasonably affordable.  After many reviews and reading I decided on the 24-120mm f/4 zoom from Nikon.  This has been an excellent lens for my general photography.  Now as I have ventured into wildlife photography I recently obtained a Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S lens to gain that reach so necessary with wildlife photography.

Like most photographers I suffer from Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS), so the list of desired lenses and accessories is constantly growing!

 

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