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June 5th, 2009 Comments off

I thought I’d put up a post with an outline of all my photography gear. The camera is a D50 that I bought in November of 2006 and now has about 9000 shutter actuations (mostly rock climbing pictures). The lenses are as follows:

  • AF-S Zoom Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED DX (kit lens that came with D50)
  • Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 APO EX DC HSM
  • AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
  • Sigma 150-500 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO
  • Sigma APO Teleconverter 1.4x EX DG

Gear

In addition I have the Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight and a couple of tripods, not to mention various filters, bags, and other accessories.

So why all the lenses? Well, there are still a couple more I would like to get (like the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4) but here is how a primarily use the lenses that I do have. The 50-150 Sigma is what I have primarily used for the rock climbing gym shots. The f/2.8 aperature lets shot in the low light of the gym and gives me the reach when I am not able to get close to the climbers.

I found that most of the time I was shooting at the short end of the lens and decided to get a 50mm prime lens. This lens is a gem. The glass is fast and I can get great shots without the use of a flash. Composing the picture with a prime lens is quite a bit different than working with a zoom lens. I have to compose the picture by physically move toward or away from the subject, or alternatively crop the picture during post processing.

The kit lens has not seen a lot of use except as a walk about lens. I suspect that this one will see less and less time on the camera since I picked up the 50mm.

Now that latest additions: Sigma 150-500mm and 1.4x teleconverter… These just arrived this week as we are getting ready to go to Utah and Wyoming. I am planning on using this lens and converter combo to give me all the reach I need to get some fantastic wildlife photos. Hopefully with wildlife and weather cooperate. This particular piece of glass is relatively slow and will require decent light to pull off some good pictures. This lens is the only one in my collection that as OS, or optical stabilization. Nikon brands their lenses with VR, or vibration reduction, while Canon uses IS, or image stabilization. From what I have read, this takes a little getting used to so I see some practice sessions in my future.

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