The photography gear I use and recommend
I’m a bit of a techno junkie. I love state of the art equipment, and I love the ease with which technology allows you to immerse yourself in photography itself. I also firmly believe that as photographers, our style should always be evolving, borne from our choices and not from our limitations. And as such, I try to keep my equipment up to date, so that any limitations I have as a photographer, are my own, and not due to my equipment.
I am frequently asked about my gear – what I use on photo shoots and weddings, and what I carry with me on a regular basis. While I mostly shoot with Nikon – my current system is based around Nikon D4 cameras – I also have a good selection of Canon gear. And the Fuji X100s also endeared itself to me, amongst various other cameras.
Part of the motivation for being system ambidextrous – Canon and Nikon – is that I should be very familiar with both systems for the photography workshops that I present. Similarly, because I am an author of several books on photography, it is necessary for me to be familiar with both systems. I also want the Tangents blog to be system agnostic as much as is possible in terms of the techniques. This is very much part of the reasoning with the flash photography tutorials – if you understand the techniques, then the equipment matters less.
My first experience with photography as a young kid was with my dad’s PraktikaMat, and the first camera that I owned, was a Pentax ME Super. This was followed by a Pentax Super-A. I bought my first Nikon in 1996 – a Nikon F90x. And in 2002 I embraced digital photography completely, selling all my film bodies immediately.
Since then I’ve used a steady progression of different D-SLRs of both the Nikon and Canon systems. And on these pages you’ll find what I am currently using or recommend, along with a short description about the specific choice.
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