Let me preface this by saying, I am not an expert on all things gear. Honestly, I have specifically stayed away from the care of needing to have the latest and greatest things, because my entry level Nikon D3300 was one of the best things to have ever happened to my life (check out my last article about this).
So, I battled posting this because I do not want to give the illusion that the only way to be a “cool photographer” is to own every last thing you could. Being cool is subjective anyways, so why care?!
To me, I have always felt that it is not the gear that makes the artist, but what the artist does with the tools they have been given. Yes, there are things that change and you grow out of some items - but, to have items for items sake has to potential to be nothing more than an ego stroke (in my blunt and honest opinion).
Next week, I will be writing an updated article on why I moved from a crop sensor to a full-frame camera. Until then, here is a list of the items that I work with and links to where you can buy them. These products work great for me, right now! People change and grow, as will my equipment. But, right now…I’m incredibly happy with my purchases.
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I have just purchased my first full frame camera, and now it is time to release this information to my public audience.
So many times, I have been asked what I shoot with.I haven't shared what level camera I have used because I have always desired people to look at my work before thinking about my gear.
Here it is....
ALL OF MY WORK HAS BEEN DONE ON A NIKON D3300!
Yes, the most entry level of the Nikon series.
I could have upgraded my gear months ago, but I didn't.Why? I wanted to prove to the world that you do not need the most expensive materials to achieve quality.
While I continue to use my 55-200mm VR kit lens, I did upgrade my lenses to a 35mm 1.8 ($199) and 50mm 1.8g ($216).These were two items that I felt strongly about investing in.However, look at those prices.Not crazy!
The reason why I used my D3300, this long.
-The body was so light that I could basically do back flips on location and not feel like I was tied down.
- I had a D7200 for a few weeks and there was not much of a difference in quality.At least, not enough to personally justify a more expensive body when I could upgrade my lenses instead.
-EGO!I wanted to prove to myself that I was not a gear junkie.Instead, I spent priceless hours refining my in camera composition and editing skills.Personally, I couldn't justify spending more money if I didn't know what my vision for my art was/didn't have the basic knowledge of my current body.
- I am not a fan of branding, labels, and personal gratification via what is in a camera bag.So, every time I felt that itch to buy a new camera for the sake of a new one...I stopped myself.
In all, I waited until my list of reason could absolutely justify my reasons for moving beyond a Nikon D3300.
- D3300 ISO range orders 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, etc.I was unable to reach any stops in between, which a more advanced camera would allow me to achieve.To counter act this, I would put my camera on Auto ISO with a max of 1600.
- I was not happy with the grain that would exceed 900 ISO. In choosing my full frame, I decided that low light capabilities would be the one thing I could not compromise on.
- While I loved the light body of the D3300, I am a very nervous person. I felt like I needed to continually increase my shutter speed to counter act my shake.By not being able to find my sweet ISO spot, I would have to compromise my aperture and the constricting stops of my ISO.
In all, I am at a peaceful spot internally that I can justify this move, but maintain that a Nikon D3300 can absolutely be used in a professional outdoor setting. In this camera, I have built my business, and even have been featured by National Geographic.
I am SO thankful for everything it has given me.
Here are just a few images that have been taken with this camera!