Gear Lenses
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I’ve been meaning to write up an article about the gear that I have acquired over the years and finally got a push to do it.

So here it is.

Camera bodies:
Nikon D700
Nikon D300
Nikon D50

Lenses:
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II
AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED

Flashes:
SB-900
SB-800
SB-600

Computers:
Apple Mac Pro 8-core 2.8GHz
Apple 12-inch PowerBook G4 1.5GHz

As you may know, I am open to any brand but I happened to have started my photography kit with a Nikon D50. Why? I wrote about that here, but if you must know, I liked how it felt in my hand, the sound of the shutter release and the build quality. In addition I preferred the skin tones that Nikons produced over the other brands.

So why did I upgrade to the D300? I wanted a better auto-focus system and less noisy photos shot at high ISOs. (edit: since publishing this article, I have upgraded to the D700)

Nikon D300

I also snagged myself some nice Pro “glass” as photographers like to call lenses. I was very happy with my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens and used it as my primary lens for about 2 years. I still highly recommend that lens to all my friends. I just felt it was time to seek the benefits of using professional zoom lenses. After reading countless reviews about two of Nikon’s best new lenses, I plunged and got them both. The 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 14-24 f/2.8 are absolutely excellent!

Gear Boxes

Due to the large constant aperture of f/2.8, the glass (actually the lens is made up of many pieces of glass) needs to be quite large and incidentally, the lens is quite heavy. Let me just say that I’m getting quite the workout with them!

I haven’t used my flashes extensively, but I really love the fact that I don’t need radio transmitters in order to use my flashes off camera, which is one of the benefits of having a Nikon system.

So there you have it! My gear list.

Let me just add this. I have seen so many amazing photos taken with entry-level DSLRs like the Nikon D40, D40x, D60 and the Canon Rebels (all models) using more affordable lenses. Don’t be disillusioned into believing it’s the gear that makes the photographer. They are just tools that help you capture your vision. You are the one that makes the images, not the equipment. When you feel that your creativity and vision are being limited by your equipment, then you can consider upgrading.

If you have any questions about camera bodies, lenses or accessories, please leave me a comment here or on our Flickr Dolce Pics Group. Some discussion has already been posted regarding gear so feel free to jump in!

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.