This post is about camera gear. I got my first camera back in 2001 when my Dad got me a pc. I was going to settle for the classic web cam but he wanted to get a “proper” camera. We ended up getting an early digital camera. Introducing the Kodak DC240, 1.3 Megapixel. Yes thats right, 1.3. It took compact flash cards and I think we spent £69.99 from Currys for 128MB. Gosh I feel old now thinking about this.
Fast forward to 2010, just before my Trip to Nepal. I went into my local Argos and found myself a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W35. They were all the rage back then and let me tell you the 7.2MP sensor was a marked improvement to my 1.3MP. For a number of years we happily used the Sony until my younger brother lost it in Tanzania.
In 2013 I was given some Amazon vouchers and this time I started doing some proper research into pixel sizes, sensors and overall tech specs. I went for the Nikon D3200, 24MP APS-C (DX as Nikon call it) format sensor. To date its been my primary daily driver. Its odd, but I loved my 18-55mm kit lens. I went for the Nikon because I was still stuck in the megapixel race. I did contemplate getting a Canon as it had far superior pixel density but in the end opted to stick with Nikon.
In 2019 I upgraded again and this time to the D7200. I wanted the better low light performance and also exta features like auto exposure braketing, dual SD card slots, weather sealing and much much more. The camera is a bit of tank.
I own the following:
Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM Optical Stabilized lens – I love this because it maintains the 2.8 throughout the focal range. It is also tack sharp at F8
Nikkor 18-140mm AF-S DX f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – my favourite allrounder, it seems to just work with the Nikon body and gives me sniper like precision.
NIKKOR 35mm AF-S f/1.8G – if bokeh is your thing, this is the lens. Fast, compact and also tack sharp at F4.
Compact Camera Gear
Pentax Q – first generation made in 2011. Its a 12MP tiny sensor, just goes to show how well written software in a compact body make for a great camera. This is one fun camera and its tiny!
Panasonic TZ60 – probably the worst camera I own, in perfect lighting conditions its ok, but soon as there is less light the camera struggles so much. The paint on the camera body is also coming off in less than 6 months use. This is probably a camera I would use as a backup.
Olympus OM2n – I purchased this 1970’s camera from a man in Nottingham who was ready to retire. He had “moved to digital” and I had always wanted a peice of history in my collection. This takes 35mm film and is built like a tank. Due to the cost of film development, I may use this camera maybe 2-3 times a year. Do you have any vintage camera gear?
Does camera gear matter?
Yes and No… I used to think the most amazing pictures were taken with an amazing camera. But there is more to photography than spending £££ on gear. I have found that spending £1000 extra on a new camera body does not equal 100% more quality in your photos. You are better off investing in locations and lighting than newer camera bodies. Don’t forget composition and post production matter too. Does new stuff make you feel good? Hell yeah! Is it worth it… I will let you be the judge of that.