Like most photographers, my history with gear has been one of change. My first camera was a GAF (General Aniline & Film) that I purchased in 1977. The reason that I bought it was that it was the only one I could afford at the time. It was basically a manual camera that had a needle on the right side of the viewfinder. The light meter would float the needle up and down. When the needle was in the acceptable range, you had a good exposure. I graduated to the Minolta brand on the 1980’s and then dropped photography for almost 20 years.
When Nikon came out with their first digital camera (D100), I jumped back into the hobby. Over the years, I acquired way too many lenses and spent a lot of money on them (I usually went after the fastest lenses I could afford). I also upgraded my camera faithfully with every iteration until the D700. It is and may always be my favorite camera ever.
Nikon's failure to update the D700 (even though Nikon introduced the D750, it isn't truly an update - just marketing of an update to the D610), coupled with the size and weight of my equipment led me to experiment with the Sony A7. I was immediately impressed with the camera, and, after shooting with it awhile, I was hooked. The downside was the lack of lenses. I knew that my Nikon days were numbered and when the reviews for the Fuji XT-1 came out, I bought one. The Fuji had a full complement of lenses that are quite impressive.
I now shoot with both the Sony and Fuji while my beloved D700 sits at home (along with the last Nikon lens I still own). Here is my current gear:
Fuji Camera and Lenses
- Fuji XT-1
- Rokinon 8mm f2.8
- Fuji 10-24mm f4
- Fuji 18-55mm f2.8 – 4.0
- Fuji 18-135mm f3.5 – 5.6
- Fuji 23mm f1.4mm
- Fuji 60mm f2.5mm Macro
- Fuji XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
- Gitzo GT1542T Traveler Tripod
- Mefoto A0350Q0K Backpacker
- Really Right Stuff Ballhead BH-40
- Induro Carbon 8X Monopod CM34
- Really Right Stuff Monopod Head #MH-01 LR
- Like most photographers, way too many. Still searching for the perfect one. I own lots of Think Tank bags