I am a kit monster.
New year, new gear…
I have been described as a bit of a kit monster. So what’s going to be new for this year?
I’ve already mentioned that I want/need a second camera body. As backup, and to avoid swapping lenses all the time.
Considering my choice of available lenses, it looks like going full-frame wouldn’t make much sense at this stage, my wide-angle lens is DX, and won’t get along with, say, the D700. What I don’t want is one camera that works with certain lenses only, and not with others. So it looks like the D300s, ‘sister’ to my D300, might just be the new member of the family. I know how to work my D300, so there won’t be much learning involved, I don’t think. Which is both good (easy option) and a little frustrating, because I half-feel that I’m not progressing. But it’s not the camera, right? It’s the person behind it. And, looking at my images from last year, I definitely have further improved my photography.
Note to self: I must really go through the shots of last year, and post up the highlights here, as a sort of review of 2010, and inspiration for 2011!
I’m eyeing up the 24-70mm f2.8 Nikon lens, for general runaround use and portraits.
My previous everyday lens was my Sigma 18-200 mm, but to be honest, I have really fallen out of love with that lens. For several reasons: I’ve been using that lens for the vast majority of my shooting for the last four years. Day in, day out. I’m a little sick of it now.
I also had issues with it last year, had to send it to get it fixed (the autofocus gears had worn down, I think, something like that)… that didn’t help with the falling-out-of-love process.
Lastly, since aquiring Nikon lenses, the image quality of the Sigma just didn’t do it for me anymore. Even my OH, who accompanies me on most my outings, but has little interest in photography otherwise, noticed the difference. So I’m all for Nikon lenses now, because they simply are, in my view, better quality. Quality you pay for, but worth it.
Any feedback on those options? (other than: what does your bank account say to that, don’t even ask!)