Gear

I bought my first DSLR in 2010, and the list of gear has been slowly diversifying. Below is just a quick introduction to my photo gear.

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

I love my camera! I bought it in the spring of 2010. Since then, I took it to Sweden, Germany, UK, Japan, Italy and various places in US. This is my first DSLR and it is a perfect camera for me to learn photography and to produce decent photos at the same time. The weight is just right (1.6 lb / 703 g) and easy to use. Great performance for the money. There are many settings that I have not even tried using. So, this camera should last for a while before I get a different one. The only issue I’ve noticed so far is the camera can produce some noise in low-light situation with the ISO Auto setting.

I would recommend this camera to anyone who is starting out as a photographer, whether amateur or professional. Nikon discontinued D90 last year but it is still available through most retail and online stores.

Nikon lens 18-200mm

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II

I bought this lens with D90 in 2010. Since then, this lens has been my go-to lens, perfect for traveling or otherwise. I have been very happy with it and left it on my D90 all the time. The all-in-one lens produces good images for the money, and auto focus is fast. The Vibration Reduction technology comes in handy when my hands or subjects don’t stay perfectly still. It has been a perfect lens to start with, since I was not sure what type of photography I would tend to like. This single lens allowed me to explore possibilities, and I was able to narrow down my interests. With my new lenses introduced below, I have not been using this much lately, but I still carry it in my camera bag.

Nikon lens 60mm

AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D

I bought this macro lens in the spring of 2012 after I realized the all-in-one lens was not good enough to take close-up or macro shots. I like the images this lens produces. They are sharp and crisp. What a difference after having tried close-ups with the all-in-one! I am still getting to know this lens and learning macro photography. Most of the macro shots I take is with the wide aperture in a well-lit situation. I have not been using this lens in low-light situations or long focus. Getting down and close to subjects often put me in an awkward and unsteady position, which is hard to maintain for a long time. This lens does not have VR built in, so it is sometimes a struggle getting a good focus. The auto focus is not very fast and gets confused when I take macro shots.

Nikon lens 70-200mm

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

I bought this telephoto lens at the same time with the macro lens after I thought I liked landscape and action shots; however, its heavy weight (3.4 lb / 1,540 g) has prevented me from taking advantage of this superior performance. After I bought it, I was very excited and brought it with me to Sweden. It was not a very good travel companion. Heavy and bulky. On D90, the lens looks larger and longer than it actually is. Though it is well made, I was afraid that I would damage it during my travel. After I came back from the trip, this lens sat in my closet for a while without seeing a daylight. It’s not until recently I started to give it another try. After all, I paid a lot of money for this and it is a very fast lens that produces sharp and crisp images. And I still love taking landscape and action shots, so I’d better get used to this huge lens.

on January 9 • by

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