Equipment

Current Equipment:

Camera Bodies:
Nikon D800 – Great in bright light
Nikon D3s – Great in low light
Nikon D4 – Good in all types of light

Prime Lenses:
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 – very sharp, good low-light AF
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G – sharp, fast AF
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
AF-S VR NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED – sharp, very fast AF

Zoom Lenses:
AF-S NIKKOR 16–35mm f/4G ED VR – light, good VR
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED – not very durable, great low-light AF
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR – light, wide angle distortion
AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED – reliable
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II – reliable, great all-around
AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II
AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III – affects AF negatively, but sharp

Accessories:
Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight
PCB Einstein Strobe
Gitzo GT3540XLS Tripod
Gitzo GT1540 Tripod

I’ve also owned the following equipment, so feel free to ask me about:
Nikon D50
Nikon D70s
Nikon D80
Nikon D90
Nikon D300
Nikon D600 – bad AF, dirt issue, but very good bright light IQ
Nikon D700 – our old workhorse, great value
Nikon D300S
Nikon D7000 – ok, but not amazing

AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED – don’t bother
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 –
very sharp, manual focus
AF Nikkor  50mm f/1.8d – cheap
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4d – not great wide open
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G – slow AF
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D – slow AF
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED – great IQ, but HEAVY

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED – great kit lens
AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
AF NIKKOR 20-35mm f/2.8D
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D ED-IF
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D ED-IF II
AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM – sharp
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO HSM
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO DG Macro HSM II
Sigma 50-500mm f/4-5.6 EX DG HSM – tough to use
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Di-II LD Aspherical – good value
Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical – good value
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlights

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  • Erin Arvin Francis - April 3, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    Hi…I met you guys at Denise and Anthony Wold’s wedding on August 22nd 2009. I’m wanting to buy a new camera here really soon and I’m struggling just a little on deciding what to buy. My boss does the newborn photography at the hospital and has a canon 1d mark 2 and a canon 5d. So I’m wanting a Nikon that is competable to those. I don’t really understand why the canon’s have so many more megapixels than the Nikons and if that is something I need to take into consideration. But I’ve been eyeing the D300s and that’s the one I’m considering the most because of my price range but there is the d700 that I’m sort of considering too. I just really admired your photography and enjoyed talking to you guys at the Wold wedding so I thought I would seek out your advice!! Thanks!!

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