My Photo Gear

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In this post, I will write about my gear, my camera and the lenses I use as long as and some other accessories.

For the last 6 months, I am the lucky owner of one of the BEST DSLRS Nikon has created. The legendary NIKON D700. It was born in Japan in July 2008 and discontinued in August 2012. It is a full frame digital camera with “only” 12 mpx. I know it is a bit outdated compared to the new cameras, and it lacks so many goodies. But, the image quality you get out of it, is outstanding! But let’s get into this camera

The best full frame camera made by Nikon. Ever

The above statement is something that you will hear many Nikon users say. Exaggeration? Maybe, but there is a hint of truth in that in my opinion. Let me make a pros vs cons list

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My Nikon D700 with the 24-60 Sigma 2.8 lens
Pros
  1. It is made out of magnesium alloy. This is metal, not plastic. It has weather sealed body. Meaning you can shoot in the rain, or in the snow
  2. Very good low light performance. You can bump up the iso to 6400 and still your image will be really good
  3. Image quality? Out of this world, regarding the age of the camera
  4. Live view in the back screen
  5. Really fast shooting (5 frames per second / 8 fps with the battery grip)

 

Cons
  1. Some people might say the weight. The body with the 50mm prime lens is about a kilogram! Holding it for a long time maybe is a drawback for someone. Not for me by the way
  2. There is no video! A major reason for not buying it. I do not care about video, I do not know how to shoot a video
  3. It takes cf cards, something that is not so easy to find nowadays. It also has just one slot
  4. Not too many megapixels ( Not a con for me)
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Having not so many mpx results in smaller size photos. My nef (raw) files are about 20 MB so I do not need a super duper computer to process them. But the most important aspect of fewer mpx is that your picture has more details in it, especially in the dark areas.

Another good thing is the battery duration. Ι can have around 600-700 shots before the battery drains using only the viewfinder and not the live view.

50mm, ISO 2500, f/2.2, 1/80

Nikon says that the maximum shutter release life is around 150.000 clicks. Meaning that when you reach 150.000 clicks maybe the shutter release will need to be replaced. Of course, this is not the rule. I have seen cameras with 500.000 clicks and they sound like a machine gun! Mine is currently around 67.000 clicks.

There is no camera without a lens!

There are two lenses categories. Prime and zoom. Prime lenses are the ones with a fixed focal length. like 50mm or 35 etc. Zoom lenses are the ones that offer a zoom, like the 70-210 mm, 24-70mm etc.

I currently own 2 lenses. A Nikkor prime 50mm f/1.8 and a Sigma 24-60 f/2.8. Most of the times I use the Sigma. It is more versatile and I prefer the wider width that gives me. I will use my prime 50mm in low light conditions like the photo above with my family, or for some portraits.

The general rule says that prime lenses are better lenses. As there are not so many optical elements inside the lens, the image quality is higher. Of course, this is not always the truth. You can have a mediocre prime and a state-of-the-art zoom like the Nikkor 70-210 f/2.8.

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My prime 50mm f/1.8 a really good and super affordable lens
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What else do you have?

I own also a battery grip, the MB-D10. The main reason you may need this is when extra battery power is essential and for you and you do not want to change the battery after a while. The other reason is when you want to have a really fast frame rate. With this grip attached to the camera and using alkaline batteries, you get 8 frames per second!

It also gives you better grip and the ability to handle the camera in a vertical position

Recently I purchased a speedlight, the SB-700, a very good flashlight. If you plan to shoot in very low light conditions you should get a flash. It is a must for this kind of photography.

Taken in my living room with all the lights off and using my Speedlight! ISO 800

Take a look at the above photo. It was taken in a dark room! There is now way to have this outcome using the in-built flash of your camera.

That’s mine!
Is tripod essential?

Well, if you are a fan of long exposure and night photography, then the answer is YES! You can not have long exposure photo or night photo without a tripod. Try it and you will come up with a blurred photo which will be useless!

I have this and I am super satisfied! I love long exposure and night photos so wherever I go, it goes with me. Its portability is awesome.

You need a tripod for such a photo

I also have a variety of graduated filters, but so far I did not have the time and the opportunity to use them.

Another part of photography is the editing. There is no photographer, pro or amateur, that does not edit. I use Adobe Lightroom for my editing and would not change it at all. I have never used Photoshop. Lightroom does an amazing job for me and for my needs.

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So, which is your camera? What kind of photos do you prefer to take?

 

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