I get ask often "what camera do your use" or "what's the best lens". Dealing with the overwhelming amount of information available can be sometime keep you stuck instead of moving forward and getting the gear. My top suggestion is to simply begin from where you are. Think about your budget, the kind of photos you want to take rather it's film or digital and start from there. Practice shooting in manual mode. I pick up my first camera in 2016. I didn't know anything about photography and how to use a fancy new camera. Youtube was a great source but actually going out and photography something, anything will force you to see where you are, and fix what you don't like. That then steers you on what to research, and what to buy according to what you like. This develops your "style" which is an entirely new conversations.
But let's stick to gear. If you are fond of my style, hopefully this helps you add new goodies to your camera bag. I am very minimal with my gear. I have had the same camera for years.
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My Nikon D750 has been my work horse since I could remember and I still use it till this day. It has never let me down. Over time I purchased new lenses. My first lens was the have the 24mm -70mm 2.8 lens. This is the perfect lens for weddings. I didn't have the budget for a lot of lenses when I first started so I knew that this lens would be perfect for different focal lengths and the 2.8 fstop was enough to bring in light along with Nikons great ISO ability. In 2021 I decided to get a new camera, my Fuji GFX 50r. I sold my Contax 645 film camera with Zeiss lens for it. (I still want my film camera but it wasn't feasible at the time) What I love about my Fuji is that it's a medium format digital camera with 50 mexapixels and it's a mirrorless system. So I can see my settings change in real time. I paired it with a Mitakon 65mm 1.4 lens. It is a vintage lens and it gives me that film look. I do shoot manual focus on my camera. It was challenging at first, now it's like breathing.
Full Gear List
This is my collection over six years. I do have some gear I would like to update, but this works for me for now. Remember I started with one camera and one lens. Keep scrolling to see some photos from my first ever wedding.
Nikon D750, Fuji GFX 50R
Nikon 50mm, Nikon 70-200mm, Nikon 105mm, Sigma 24-70mm, Zhongyi (Mitakon) 65mm
Medium Format to Nikon F Mount
Lights & Modifiers:
Nikon SB-700 x 2
Lace, Ribbon, Acrylic Blocks, Varied Fabrics Swatches, Styling Mats