I usually get asked the same couple of questions at gigs – “What are you shooting, why are you taking photos, what lenses do you use, are you looking at my bird?” etc..
So, here’s a list of what’s currently available to drop into my bag (Usually a Lowepro Slingshot 300AW if you’re interested) at a moment’s notice!
- Nikon D3s
- Nikon D750 (with Meike grip)
- 2x Nikon D5200’s
- Nikkor 35mm f1.8
- Nikkor 50mm f1.8
- Nikkor 50mm f1.4
- Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
- Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
- Tokina 16-50mm f2.8
- Sigma 70-200mm HSM II f2.8
It’s a nice little selection of lenses, mixing full frame (FX) and cropped sensor (DX) models.
The D3s was pretty much the undisputed low light King of DSLR’s, until the newer D4/D4s came and stole it’s crown. It’s built like a tank, feels perfectly weighted and just ‘fits’ into the hand like you’d hope a professional camera costing as much as a second hand hatchback would do!
Make no mistake though, it’s not exactly something you take out with you on a whim.. it certainly wouldn’t fit into your handbag or pocket, let’s put it that way. This means you only bring it with you if you know you’re going on assignment really, the only missing feature is the ability to capture quality video.
As my backup camera, I use a D750. It’s excellent in low light and has almost all the features you need on a busy shoot.. it has great video capabilities too, which is something I’ve been using more regularly. It’s more reasonable size when used without the grip means it’s actually becoming my primary camera for more and more work.
Speaking of video, that’s where the D5200’s come in. I do quite a lot of video work these days and the articulated screen on the D5200 is a real plus when it comes to filming from awkward angles. Plus, stick a little shotgun mic like the Rode Videomic Pro on top and you’ve got a perfect little ‘Run & Gun’ setup!