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My Photography Kit 2021

A little look into the lenses and cameras I own/have owned

The new ebook is full of information on lenses, camera gear, starting out , tips and tricks ect, and lots of other things including several editing tutorials over 100 + pages you can find it here

I'm always getting DM's on instagram About what camera gear I have and use for lokis account , I decided to revamp our Camera Gear Highlight with a little more information so thought I would add it here too!

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” — Edward Steichen

Nikon D5300

The D5300 was the first camera that I used for lokis Instagram, I used it for the first year and a half of having this account and it was a brilliant camera you can pick up a second hand one for £280 ish

It has some awesome features like wifi which makes it easy to connect to your phone do download the images , It also has a screen that you can flip up out and rotate both of these features I actually miss.

Nikon D810

The D810 is my current camera its the first full-frame camera I have ever had and I won't be upgrading it anytime soon, I am really happy with this camera and it performs so well especially in low light, it however much heavier and bigger than my older D5300

and despite being better in all of its specs it is missing the WIFI connectivity ( doesn't affect me too much as I use memory cards and edit on my laptop anyway ) and the LCD is fixed

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO HSM, Nikon Fit

This was my first 70-200 lens, I loved it and only replaced it for the newer version as this version lacks OS ( optical stabilisation) so I found it harder to use in lower light

It performed well this shot was on this lens and my D5300 and is still one of my favourites

The advantage of a 70-200 is the zoom, making it great for action shots. all of my lenses other than the 70-200 are 'fixes focal lengths'

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM

I upgraded my older 70-200 for the newer one with OS the 70-200 is perfect for action shots or those off lead hikes where your dogs not going to be super close to you,

if you want that super dreamy soft background the 70-200 will absolutely help you get that shallow depth of field

Nikon 50mm f1.4 G AF-S Lens

This was my first f 1.4 lens the 'nifty fifty ' is a really good starter lens as its focal range is similar to the focal range of your eyes so what you see is what you get

You can pick up f1.8 versions of this lens for less than £100 the f1.4, however, is more expensive but you don't need the lower f especially if you're just starting out and looking for a good starter lens this is the 50mm 1.4 on my D5300

This lens is a full frame lens meaning it works on both full-frame and cropped cameras when I upgraded to my nikon D810 i kept this lens as its full frame compatible

if you have a cropped sensor camera but you think you will upgrade to a full frame in the future I would recommend buying full frame lenses and not cropped ones , I had one cropped 35mm that I sold when I upgraded

Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

My First Sigma ART Series lens , the 35mm is a much wider angle to capture a lot more within the frame I don't often use this lens , and much prefer my 50mm or 85mm but I think that's down to taste & personal style

I'm still in love with the photos it takes but I use it for specific planned shots and rarely take it out with me otherwise, the 1.4 means there is a lot of glass and this lens is very heavy

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8 G Lens

My absolute favourite lens I take this with me most of the time it's pretty light, and I just love every shot I get with it I really like fixed focal length lenses and this length is by far my favourite I wish this was the first lens that I bought because I think I could have gotten so much more out of my older camera with this lens

I would absolutely recommend an 85mm if you don't have one. honestly since I bought this it rarely comes off my camera

Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM Lens

The Last lens that I have, the 135mm is a nice fixed focal length that gives that shallow depth of field you can get on the 70-200

but the f1.8 allows for that little more light, and that touch more bokeh , which can make all the difference in those lower light sunset or golden hour shots, love how dreamy this lens is, however it is heavy,

I'd probably recommend the 70-200 over this lens for versatility

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