I get asked by a lot of people what camera and lenses I use. People commented that I must have a very expensive camera to be able to take such images; I must have canon 5D mark III or I must be shooting with Canon. If you are curious about what is actually inside my camera bag.
Well, I shoot with Nikon. Why? I don’t have any reason for it. I guess they are all the same, Canon or Nikon. It is the same like choosing iPhone or Samsung. They all take pictures but the result depends on how you use them!!
Back in the days when I just got started with photography all the things that came to my mind was buying expensive gears in onder to be better as photographer. Ooh that camera costs 3000 dollar. I could definitely make awesome pictures if I had that. Oh that camera has this and that sensors, blablabla. Oh, I wish I had the money to buy that camera so that I can become a professional. I was really gear minded and only spending hours reading about camera and lens reviews instead of going out and practice making pictures. I guess that’s what we all do when we’re just getting started.
If there is anything I could say to you as beginners, DO NOT FOCUS ON GEAR!! I know, I have been there, done that!! Just focus on your basics and what you love to shoot. Well lesson learned. I started with nothing; I borrowed my boyfriend’s camera the Nikon D3100 and used the kit lens. I practiced a lot with it and then got my first job shooting the wedding of my girlfriend so that I could buy the 35mm lens. After one year saving up I then jumped to a Nikon D7000. I could make more money with it and invested it on the 50mm lens before jumping to a full-frame body Nikon D610 and still it is not the most expensive and the best camera out there but I am totally fine with it. I recently bought the 135mm f.2 lens, it is a bit pricy but totally worth the money. Somehow the most amazing lens out there. It is razor sharp, it creates this creamy bokeh and I used it for most of my shoot. I could probably just throw away my two other lenses.
You can produce great work with any camera and some decent mid range lenses. Focus on shooting things that you like most, experiment with different things and style, be creative and the rest will follow. When you know what equipment you truly need, You can make a big investments later if necessary. And if you want investment advice from me, I would suggest investing in a really good lens before upgrading your body.
These are pictures I made using the full-frame Nikon D610 and the crop-frame cameras D7000&D3100. So you can see that they are not that much different really.