I have received quite a few 'complements' on this blog to the effect of "I wish I had the camera/equipment to take such a photo". A good camera does not a photographer make. So below I have listed the equipment I use to show that I do not have an expensive, high end set up. My equipment is all old, bought used, and has taken years of practice to learn the minute amount of camera know-how that I utilize. I do not think of myself as a "good" photographer, rather a constantly learning one, and I encourage everyone to continue to hone their craft in hopes that one day, your hard work and talents would be recognized over that of the make and model of your equipment.
My main camera is an 8 year old Nikon D50. The model has been discontinued. My original D50 was purchased for me by my at-the-time boyfriend, who is now my husband. In spring of 2013, the camera broke, and it was cheaper to purchase a used replacement of the same model off eBay than to have it repaired, which I did. I now use that used eBay replacement as my main shooter.
I am not ashamed to admit that my main go-to lens is the kit lens that came with my original D50, a Nikkor 18-55mm.
I also have my beloved macro lens, a Quantaray 28-90mm. Most of the macro shots from autumn 2012 and newer have been taken with this lens.
My last interchangeable lens is my Nikkor 70-300mm. I have had this handy zoom lens for about 5 years.
Filters, Effects and Editing:
I normally use polarizing filters on my 18-55mm as well as my 70-300mm. Also on the 70-300 is a UV filter.
I also have a Bower fisheye lens I attach to my 18-55mm on rare occasion for a fun effect.
I use Adobe Photoshop CS2 for editing.
I use Nations Photo Lab for all of my printing needs. A review on their services and why I love them can be found here.
I have a short wish list of equipment I would like to acquire in the near future:
-- Nikon D3200
-- Nikkor 50 mm F/1.8 AF Lens
-- A 5 stop (minimum) ND Filter
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