Category Archives: switch to nikon

My wish list, January 2012

With some recent acquisitions—the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR 1 and a 32″x40″ Softbox among them—I was thinking about some future items on my list when I decided to write them down. It’s really rather shocking that there are so few items, but what’s even more shocking is the grand total: less than $2500 at the top end. See below:

• iPad $499
• Eye-fi SD Card $99
• Softbox grid $40
• Einstein strobe light $500
• 50mm lens $200-$500 either f1.8 or f1.4
• 85mm lens $300-$500 either f1.8 or manual 1.4 third party
• Greenscreen software $100 to $300

Total $1738 to $2438

Surely I am forgetting something; a lot of somethings. But irregardless of those missing items, the ones listed above are the ones on my radar, and so occupy top billing. The bottom three items are variable depending on the specific model/brand I would choose. Plus there are rumors they may be releasing the iPad 3 in the coming months, and so the currently iPads will be marked down. My main motivator for an iPad is the ability, coupled with the also-listed Eye-fi SD card that transmits wirelessly, to send images directly from the camera to the iPad for viewing larger images on location instead of relying on the LCD on the back of the camera (I’m also an avid reader and so would love to have a larger screen to read than my iPhone, which itself is quite adequate for that task already).

I don’t really have a priority on any of the above; any purchases will probably be piecemeal and opportunity based (ie, sales, etc). I’m curious to see how the new forthcoming Nikon 85mm 1.8G lens performs before I decide on that, but I’m also swinging back yet again into some 50mm prime lens love. Ah, so fickle…



Doubling down

So after my extensive blog this week on my personal observations/experience with both Canon and Nikon (see previous blog), in which I expressed some degree of wistfulness about my switch last year (from Canon to Nikon), I doubled down that same night and purchased a Nikon D7000 as a backup/second body to my kit. I… Continue Reading

Revamped Website is complete!

Seems like I’ve got the new website complete! This has been a project I’ve been wanting to do for much of the past year, but never had been able to commit all my energy to completely in order to see it through. It basically required me to learn a whole new program, WordPress, and various… Continue Reading

Attitude from Canon shooters for having a Nikon

Editor’s note: This is a direct copy and paste from a forum I originally posted this to on Flickr. I’m not posting this to be flamebait and to get anybody riled up, but I just want to know what the deal is with Canon owners giving attitude because I’m shooting with Nikon. I shot Canon… Continue Reading

First weekend shooting with the D700

So here are some sample shots of the Nikon D700 in low light situations, at very high ISOs. Personally I’m blown away by the image quality the D7oo produces, at all ISOs but especially the higher ISOs. Even on the Canon 5DM2 I was reluctant to shoot above 3200 ISO in these circumstances; on the… Continue Reading

The Nikon D700

So I’ve had the D700/24-70 for a couple of days now. Haven’t done any jobs with it yet; just been putting it through its paces shooting things around the house. This weekend I’ll be taking it on three different shoots, so I’m looking forward to that. Justice is coming. Continue Reading

The Switch from Canon to Nikon is in progress

So I have, indeed, committed to switching from Canon to Nikon, recently. After further reflection/internal debate/countless budget calculations, I ultimately decided on the Nikon D700 paired with the Nikon 24-70 2.8. Not the cheapest scenario–believe me, I tried really hard NOT to decide on this solution–but having shot with the Canon 5DM2 for the past… Continue Reading