DSLR geaer spread out on the floor

*Fuji x100t not pictured (I had to take a picture somehow, right? 🙂 )

Tools of the trade

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams –

What you make it ( it being the photograph, of course ) with is unimportant. Gear is the tool – means to an end product! It doesn’t make the image, nor does it break it – you do. Better quality gear makes the process of making image bit easier, but by no means is it the most important part of image creating. But, as I do get asked by either clients or fellow photographers of my gear list, I’ve decided to share that with you.

Cameras

Ever since I started shooting weddings, I’ve used full frame Nikon cameras. As of lately tend to use Fuji x100t in episodes (Honest review of this little amazing camera – HERE ). I trust my Nikon gear and it never fails me. Thus I don’t tend to go “lighter” to a full mirrorless system, as I see it to be trend lately.

  • Nikon D75o x2 ( buy it – HERE, review – HERE )
  • Nikon D61o  ( buy it – HERE ) I use this camera only as my backup
  • FujiFilm x1oot ( I got mine used, and you can no longer buy a new one, as there is a newer version – x100f out and about. I recommend you get it HERE )

Lenses

I currently shoot a combination of NIKKOR and SAMYANG lenses. My primary wish is to switch and go all NIKKOR. I recently sold my Sigma 35 ART, I love that lens, but really wanted to go all NIKKOR for lighter weight and much more consistent results. About 90% of time I shoot a combination of 28 an 50 during the day with a couple of specialty shots made with 45 tilt shift lens and 20 for that unique angle. Party is being shot pretty much exclusively on 20 mm.

  • Samyang 14 mm T3.1 ( buy it – HERE )
  • Nikkor 20 mm f1.8 G ( buy it – HERE )
  • Nikkor 28 mm f1.8 G ( buy it – HERE )
  • Nikkor 45 mm f2.8 TS PC-E Micro ( buy it – HERE )
  • Nikkor 5o mm f1.8 G ( buy it – HERE )
  • Nikkor 85 mm f1.8 G ( buy it – HERE )

Other

Seems like we all want to know all about cameras and lenses, but we all need to understand that these bits and pieces complete my setup. Therefore speedlights, triggers, bags, straps, computers and external HDDs are every bit as important as camera or lens, no matter how farfetched it might sound.

 

  • Nikon SB91o ( discontinued, but you can buy it’s succesor SB-5ooo – HERE )
  • Yongnuo YN 560 x2 ( buy it – HERE )
  • Handfull of SanDisk and Lexar eXtreme SD cards 32 and 64 GB ( buy them – HERE )
  • PocketWizard Plus X ( buy them – HERE )
  • ThinkTank Retrospective 30 Pinestone ( buy it – HERE )
  • Custom built 64bit Windows desktop PC with dual monitor system ( Intel i5-4690 CPU @ 3,5o gHz QUAD CORE, 8 GB RAM – intending to upgrade to minimum of 16 GB RAM, nVidia GeForce GTX 75o GPU, 120 GB SSD system disc and a couple of 2TB Western Digital HDDs )
  • Custom made dual camera genuine leather strap ( made by talented Vilim Vukoja )
  • WD 2TB external HDD x2 ( buy them – HERE )

Gear wishlist

To be honest, I am happy with my setup, though I wouldn’t mind trading one D61o for another D75o. On the lenses, adding some specialty lenses would be great. But I’d have to try them and test them to see if I would enjoy them.

  • Nikkor 24 mm f3.5 D Tilt Shift ( buy it – HERE )
  • Nikkor 105 mm f2.8 Micro ( buy it – HERE )
  • Nikkor 58 mm f1.4 G ( buy it – HERE )

Conclusion

In conclusion, I must admit it seems like all we do is talk gear rather than going out and creating something. As a result we burden with what we need to buy next to improve our work. But what we actually need is to invest into ourselves. Either go to a workshop, or meet other photographers. Seek inspiration outside photography. Read books, watch movies, travel someplace new ( have you seen my travel wishlist, btw? It’s right HERE ). It’s important to make personal projects. Either shoot street photography using only one lens. It makes you think more about your frame and composition, how to use light to your advantage. Or you can do a 365 challenge shooting film. Shoot natural light/flash whatever is outside your comfort zone. Do whatever it takes to improve yourself.
Thank you for taking your time to read this. If you have any questions, or would like to say hi – you can do so through contact form

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