My Photography Gear - Cameras and Lenses
MY PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR - CAMERAS AND LENSES
Ellie J Photography
Newborn & Family Photographer
This shelf brings me joy.
I don't think I've talked about my own photography gear, although it is a subject that (as my husband will tell you) I could easily wax lyrical about for several hours at a time.
For my fellow photography enthusiasts and anyone else who is interested, I thought I would start with a blog about my cameras and lenses. Later on I will blog about my studio equipment.
First up - lets get one thing out of the way.
As a Star Wars fan I hugely enjoy being able to say this but yes, long ago I joined the Dark Side. In other words, I shoot Nikon.
I'm not interested in starting a 'Nikon v Canon v any other camera brand' debate. There are people on all sides with a compelling argument as to why their chosen brand of camera is better for them and I respect their choices. Ultimately as photographers, we must all choose a system that suits our needs, meets our work requirements and produces the standard of images we are being paid for. I've never understood the need for heated debate.
Why do I shoot Nikon?
I could start talking here about Nikon's reputation for being a world leader in the photographic industry since the release of its first camera in 1948. I could also mention their amazing lineup of cameras, from entry level DSLRs to the latest Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. However, my reasons for shooting Nikon are far more simplistic.
a) All of my lenses are Nikon, so having already invested pretty heavily in good glass I'd have to be really unhappy, not to mention considerably wealthier, to justify the expense of a change in system this late in the game.
b) I can operate a Nikon DSLR camera with my eyes closed and one hand tied behind my back (just don't hand me a Nikon compact at a party and expect the same)
What Nikon cameras have I used?
The D800 series is very much like marmite. I am a huge fan (of the cameras, not the Marmite).
When the Nikon D800 was first announced my research into the model uncovered a fairly equal ratio of positive and negative reviews.
From the time it was announced, I knew I wanted one.
What excited me about the D800 was its crazy 36 megapixels. My excitement grew when a photographer colleague told me he had tested the D800 and, after having shot previously with a 40mp Hasselblad H4D-40, had found the D800 to be equal in terms of resolution.
Ironically, the majority of negative reviews I read were related to the very same thing. That amazing pixel count may have offered incredibly detailed image quality, but they certainly came at a price. As I discovered, that price was to the wallet!
I had to invest in some serious storage, my 16gb cards were just not going to cut it. I also had to upgrade my computer system - I needed a whole load more storage and back up space and a super fast system to handle the giant files I was now dealing with. Fair to say, my first foray into the D800 series cost me a lot more than the camera body itself!
So was moving to the D800 series worth it?
For me - absolutely, yes. My current workhorse, the D850 rocks 45.7 megapixels, a tilting touch screen, iso range of 64-25600, 7fps continuous shooting and a blindingly good AF. The detail I get is just incredible. As a portrait photographer it could be argued that occasionally the detail is a little too incredible (clients tend to not want every imperfection captured so well) however, such issues are easily dealt with in post, and I'd much rather have the detail than not.
If there is a downside to the D850 at the moment it would be the price of the XQD memory cards. Whether or not things will change, for example, if more manufacturers begin making the cards (at the moment only Sony and Lexar do) remains to be seen. Having to justify expenditure in the region of £150 for one 64 gb card is a pretty tough pill to swallow but despite this, I can't currently see myself wanting to shoot with anything other than the Nikon D800 series.
Please remember though that I am a woman first, so it is my prerogative to change my mind.
Have you noticed how photography lovers are very keen to talk about their camera bodies but not often their lenses? As a professional photographer I tend to move through camera bodies fairly quickly. What rarely changes however are the lenses, or the 'glass' that I own.
What Lenses do I own?
I'm only talking about the lenses I use for my photography business here, not kit lenses.
I hope you've found this blog on the cameras and lenses I have owned and used during the lifetime of Ellie J Photography to be interesting.
If you have any questions and think I can be of help, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Thanks for reading.
Lorraine Jardim LBIPP QGPP
Ellie J Photography
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