…and if I should die before I wake, please bury me with my Nikon for heavens sake
I’ve been shooting since 1983, with the better part of that time spent in the commercial arena. I was fortunate to have worked with many wonderful photographers who were willing to share their “street smarts” on the business of photography as well as tips they learned from years of shooting.
One thing that most photographers strive for is the definition of their “look”. That element that makes a shot yours and easily recognizable to the rest of the world as an Eric Meola, Robert Mapplethorp, or one of the other masters whose work represents their unique style and has helped define their careers.
We all strive for perfection in our visions. We study and experiment and test to get closer to the point where we can say “man, that is a great shot!” But no matter how close we get, there will always be something that can be changed or improved, and that is why we keep trying.
I know a lot of people are interested in what gear people use in their work. I admit that I too love to see what camera/lens/tripod setup other photographers use and have purchased or looked into certain items because of it.
I like the saying…
“it isn’t the gear that makes the good photograph, it is the photographer using the gear that does”
Yes, you CAN use a pinhole camera and get some amazing results if you know what you are doing and have the creative eye.
But, I am also a realist and as a commercial shooter, I want consistent results that are the best they can be time and time again, and that takes professional gear as well as the knowhow to use it.
So, here is my list of gear that I own now or have over these last 20 something years for all those who care:
Camera – Nikon
- P300 point and shoot (no joke, I carry it with me all the time)
Camera – Kodak
- DCS Pro 14nx – Yes I know, it isn’t a Nikon. It did have Nikon lens mount, so that is why
Camera Lens – Nikon
- 18-35mm f3.5-4.5 ED
- 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 ED
- 28mm f2.8 AI
- 50mm f2 AI
- 18-55mm f3.4-4.5 VR DX
- 24-85mm f3.4-4.5 VR G
- 50-300mm f4 ED
- 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR G
- 70-200 f2.8 AFS VR I G
- 70-200 f4 AFS VR III G
- 300mm f4 AFS VR I G
Camera Lens – Sigma
- 8mm f4
Video – Sony