Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What's Your Favorite?

This week we'll take a break from the usual Wednesday commentary, and talk about gear. Yes, everyone's favorite subject, or so it seems.

After shooting with many different cameras, from five different brands, in the last 10 years, I think I've given them all a fair shot. That means everything from point and shoots, mirrorless, to high end DSLRs. So what is my favorite camera? To date, that would have to be the Nikon D700. Why? Performance, balanced specs and reliability. These points are due to the shooting speed, shot to shot time, buffer capacity, button layout/controls, and image quality. Reliability comes in the form of durability, since my D700 has taken it's share of drops and bumps, yet it keeps going just like the day I bought it. The D300 comes in at a close second, for similar reasons.

Just like cameras, I've purchased and rented numerous lenses over the years. Of those lenses only a few of them have stood out, based on my needs. My most used lenses are the Nikon AF-S 24-70mm F2.8G, followed by the Nikon AF-S 300mm F4D IF-ED. In terms of a favorite, that's a tougher question to answer. I think it would come down to the needs of a given shoot, but when push comes to shove I'd have to say the 24-70mm F2.8. On a full frame camera it gives you the ability to shoot everything from landscapes, product shots, sports, to portraits, all in one package. It may not be the best lens for all those tasks, but in a pinch it does a very good job. Flexibility is why I consider the 24-70mm F2.8 my favorite.

As for a favorite accessory, that is an easy one. The Gitzo GT3531s with Markins Q10 ballhead comes out on top, primarily in usefulness. Accessories aren't always the most enjoyable aspects of photography, but they are vital. Okay, so the tripod and head are two things, but they function as one!