It seems that we (and when I say “we” I am referring to us photography geeks as a whole) simply love to talk about gear. I know I do. I have always viewed photography as a beautiful fusion of art and technology, using these amazing instruments capable of controlling light to capture moments in print or screen. Images often say more, and without words.
Manfrotto Professional Roller Bag 70
Nikon FE (35mm film camera from the late 1970s)
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 A workhorse lens.
Nikkor 70-200mm VR f/2.8 Pure optical perfection. My favorite.
Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G A nice fast prime, quickly becoming a favorite.
Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-D Mostly used as a backup.
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G The “Cream Machine.” Great portrait lens.
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Inexpensive, but classic.
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai-s Old manual focus lens.
Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 AF-D Micro Macro lens.
Nikkor 70-210mm f/4-5.6 AF-D Back-up telephoto lens from 1980s.
Nikon SB-910 Speedlight
Vivitar 285-HV Speedlights, 2 of them (re-issue tanks from the 1980s)
Phottix Strato II Multi 5-1 Triggers & Receivers
Lexar and Sandisk Compact Flash & SDHC cards
Powerex and Eneloop AA & AAA rechargeable batteries – These are a must
Hoodman Loupe – Great to check the LCD in bright sun (and feel like Spielberg)
Rocket Blower – To get rid of dust and keep sensor clean
If I need to use a studio strobe, I take my lighting bag, which has an Alien Bees B800 320 watt strobe and Lithium Battery Pack. I use a large Paul C Buff Soft Box all mounted to a Manfrotto light stand. It is a simple set-up for portraits in the field. If I need another light, I will just use the Nikon SB-910 with a diffuser.