Camera Hardware - How I Roll


1 - I'm a Nikon guy, but it was more by accident than design as Nikon offered a vastly superior kit lens with the old Nikon D70 (my first DSLR) compared to the flimsy little blurry plastic thing attached to the Canon 300d. I would quite happily shoot Canon tomorrow if required, and I have particular respect for the 40D, 5d, 1d, and 1ds series; as well as the range of Canon 'L' lenses. I do a lot of telephoto work, so I decided to stick with the DX cropped sensor format for at least the next year or so.

So, this is what I use:

Nikon D300 w/ Nikon MB-D10 battery pack (looks like this)

Lenses:

Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX HSM (rectilinear ultra-wideangle)
Nikon 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 (the old kit lens, hardly ever used now I have the Sigma)
Nikon 50mm f1.8 (standard lens, cheap, sharp, and bright with hard edged bokeh)
Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR (macro lens, but more often used for portraits)
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR (words cannot describe this lens)
Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX (monster, requires a monopod for best handling)

Soon to be sold:
Tamron 90mm f2.8 (great macro lens, currently in reserve)
Nikon D200 body (only 80,000 shots...)

...my gear is perfect for what I do, but if I won lotto I'd consider:
Nikon 200-400mm f4 VR
Nikon 200mm f2 VR
Zeiss 85mm f1.4
Nikon 10.5mm f2.8 fisheye
Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 (attached to a D3)
...and maybe a Canon body for the mighty 85mm f1.2

I've been getting quite a few 'what should I buy?' questions lately. If you want a DSLR for capturing memories, get a Nikon D60 or a Canon 450d with cheap 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. If you're serious about photography as an artform, get a 2nd hand Canon 5d, 20d, or 30d, or Nikon D200, and a 50mm f1.4 lens and just get into it.