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!