I have been taking photo’s for many years starting in the 60’s taking photo’s with my Mom’s Kodak Brownie. Through the years I have used manual SLR (Single Lens Reflex) 35mm film cameras using film and slide film. Currently I am using 2 different systems a DSLR system and a Mirrorless Camera system that I use while backpacking and everyday travel. Both systems have advantages and disadvantages. Always pick the right tool for the job that your doing. I love using both of them. So let me explain my systems to you.
The first system that I use is what I call my “Big Boy Camera” Is a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera System. This type of system is the “Industry Standard” for modern professional photography. My main camera is the Nikon D800 a 36mp full frame sensor professional camera body. My backup “Big Boy Camera” is Nikon D7000 a 16mp cropped sensor camera body. Both Camera body’s are awesome cameras and I love to use them. I have good “glass” or lenses that I can interchange between both body’s. My favorite all around lens is the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens. It falls mostly in the focal range that I shoot in and is on my camera 99.9 % of the time. I have a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 which is a great lens for portraits and all around photography. Its a big heavy lens so toting it around for long peroids of time is a chore but a fantastic lens. I have a Nikon 18-35mm f3.5-4.5 lens that I don’t use a lot but is a fairly good lens and is inexpensive. I have a Rokinon 14mm f2.8 for fisheye shots nightscapes etc… This is a very sharp lens its manual focus and inexpensive. For macro photography I have a Nikon 60mm f2.8 macro lens that was inexpensive but very good lens.
This “Big Boy Camera” System is the system that I take to Portrait photo shoots, Landscapes that I’m going directly to like waterfalls , sunrises , sunsets. I also use this to do shoot events like birthday parties, retirement parties and the such. I use it for studio work when I do product or still life work.
The other system that I use is a Mirrorless system. One of the major advantage of this type of system is that its smaller , lighter but still has great quality. It has more bells and whistles than my “Big Boy Camera” and is a real fun camera to shoot with. The system I use is a Sony A6000 a 24mp Crop sensor camera body. I have a Sony18-105mm F4 Lens this is a great walk around lens. I also have the Sony 10-18mm f4 wide angel lens. This is a super lens sharp and gives a great wide perspective and great for Landscapes. I have a kit lens that came with the camera a 16-55mm which is a 35mm equivalent to 25-75mm in my favorite focal range. Another cool thing about this camera is that I can use some of my old film camera lenses and
some of my nikon lenses like the macro on this body. When I use these lenses the camera is in full manual mode for some this might be a big deal but I grew up on fully manual cameras so this is really kind of fun.
The mirrorless Camera system is what I use when I do my backpacking because it is lightweight and so versatile . My “Big Boy Camera” with the 24-70mm lens weighs 7 lbs. My Mirrorless camera with the 10-18mm and the 18-105mm Filters and Bag wight 5 lbs. So Hiking I get more bang for my buck. This is a fun camera and fits well in my hand and is my carry around with me everywhere camera. Maybe in a later blog I’ll go over the pro’s and cons between DSLR and Mirrorless systems. Well that about covers my camera systems of course I didn’t talk about strobes or lighting at all and Tripods ! You know I can do a whole blog on just tripods. Maybe later.
I have a couple of other camera’s that I use from time to time. The first one is a point and shoot camera (Lumix) that was converted into a infra-red camera. Infra-red gives a new perspective or should I say look. I’ve but an example of what this little camera can do in this post. Notice how all the greens turn white giving a snowy look. I don’t use this much but when I do Its a real stunning change to a dull scene.
The last camera that I use mainly when Im backpacking is a waterproof point and shoot camera (Fugi XP) that can give a real cool perspective of a waterfall from underwater or very close to the water surface without worrying about the camera getting wet. Well thats about it maybe Ill do some blogs on these unique camera’s.