More Photo Gear Lists

September 11, 2007

Photography, it seem to me, is a lot like playing music and not much like being a painter. To be a passable professional musician it isn’t necessary to be Mozart or Eddie van Halen; a modest amount of talent and the right gear will suffice. Just go to any bar or club in the city you live in to verify that this is true. Making a living as a painter, on the other hand, requires a level of talent that isn’t widely found in the population at large. Having a fabulous studio and excellent paint supplies won’t help much. You either have the talent or you don’t – and most people don’t.

I, who have played in many bars wedding reception halls as a rock ‘n roll bass player, can attest that one need not be a musical virtuoso in order to get folks to shake their booty. And now that I’m breaking into the photography biz part-time, I’m noticing that the same is true here. One need not be Ansel Adams to get The Shot. Having a decent eye is required. And having the right gear helps a ton.

So, it’s time for another gear check. Here’s what I’m using these days:

  • Nikon D50 digital SLR camera
  • Nikon “thrifty fifty” 50mm f/1.8 lens
  • Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 macro wide to normal zoom lens
  • Sigma EF-500 flash unit
  • Bogen-Manfrotto tripod
  • Bogen-Manfrotto monopod
  • Several 2-gig SD memory cards
  • Apple’s Aperture software
  • Adobe’s Photoshop CS3 software
  • Various other small items including spare rechargeable batteries, lens hoods and filters, a remote shutter release, etc.

And here is some stuff I’d really like to acquire:

  • Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 normal to telephoto zoom lens
  • A second camera body, such as a D300
  • A backdrop and a couple of stands to hang it on, for studio-type shots.
  • Some external lighting gear. Preferably remote strobes that are triggered by the camera (and the stands and umbrella reflectors that go with them).

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  1. Sounds like you’re getting ready to run a porn site.

    Are we to be sure you don’t still live in Southern California? 😉

  2. Yeah, I am looking at that Tripod/Monopod combination myself. I wish I would have known that the two of us were going to get into photography like this, I would have kept my father’s backdrop and similar gear when I took care of his estate.

    I do have a couple of different strobe flashes, but they are all camera attachable. One thing about remote strobes: invest in rechargable batteries, as those things burn through them!

  3. Great info. I saw your pix from the D2L conference in Duluth, and thought they were fantastic, and wanted to know what you were shooting with. I’m a mere amateur with a little ambition, so am thinking of upgrading from my little PowerShot 230. I have an ancient Nikon film SLR, and think I remember enough to start using another one.

    Thanks for the info on what you’re using.

  4. Thanks a lot! I shot all those with the Sigma lens. That’s the one I use almost all the time.

  5. Excellent information to know. BTW, I saw your shot of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and want you to know I drive with one proudly, as I’ve been touched by His Noodly Appendage.

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