My Photo Gear

For those interested, here is the summary of the equipment I use:

  • Nikon D200 - that is my main DLSR body, bought in 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. Still a great camera, even though only (by today's standards) 10.2MP
  • Nikon F90x - my first real SLR, I hardly use it nowadays. Taught me the basics of photography and camera controls, and did a fair bit of B&W and slides with it
  • Nikon F50 - that's my very first SLR, bought back in 1997 during a trip to Hong-Kong. Although I don't use it anymore, there's no point selling them - you'd be lucky to get $50 for it on eBay. Might as well add it to my collection of cameras :-)

  • Nikkor 28-70mm 1:2.8 - a simply superb lens, that I originally got on my F90x. Still shooting it with the D200, but I loose some of the wide angle, because of the conversion factor. Although quite heavy, this 2.8 constant aperture is excellent to shoot under any conditions, even with low light
  • AF-S VR-Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8 G ED - got this one a couple of years ago for my birthday. This is the first VR model, not the latest VRII, and is an outstanding lens. Once again, a very heavy lens, but very fast autofocus. The bokeh on this is also very nice
  • Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di Macro 1:1 - this is my standard macro lens, now. 90mm is really good for all macros, and the f/2.8 allows for very shallow depth of field. Compared to the Nikkor lenses, the autofocus is a bit slower, but for the cost (compared to my dream 105mm macro f/2.8) this is really good value for money
  • AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED - this is the DX lens that I got as a kit with the D200 body. A very versatile lens, and light, that's a standard lens to take the camera around without breaking your back! The 18mm end also gives me more of wide-angle
  • AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D - a super fast 'normal' lens (well, that is on an FX body, not on my DLSR). Great to take images with a very shallow / selective depth of field, or to work under very low light. Also, very light to take around with you
Other equipment
  • Hoya 77mm close-up filters (+1, +2 and +4) - that's how I started macro photography, by screwing them at the front of the 28-70mm or the 70-200mm. They work really well, let you keep the autofocus, and are a very affordable way to enter macro photography. Once I got the Tamron macro lens, I didn't use those filters as much
  • Extension tubes - these are cheapies I found on eBay, to see how it compares to the Hoya filters. There are 3 rings (used alone or in combination) of various width, that will define how close you can get to the subject. Only drawback of those is that you loose autofocus and all lens information reading, but they really do work well, and as opposed to the macro filters, do not stop down
  • Tripod
  • Polariser filters
  • Camera bags - a few over the years 

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