The gear I own that is shown here is only a fraction of what I use on jobs. When medium format is required I’m renting the entire kit, cameras, backs, lenses – I usually go with PhaseOne. For strobes I use Profoto most of the time. I have a small kit that I expand with rented equipment specifically required for the job. Sometimes I also need to rent cameras or lenses for the 35mm system. I prefer renting over owning, especially when your work requires different equipment a lot of the time. However the gear I own is key to my work and I know it inside out. Here it is:
Top left is the Fujifilm X-E2 with the Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens, which is 40mm full-frame equivalent. It’s a pancake lens which makes it a small and lightweight combo. This lens is on the camera a lot, followed by the ‘real’ fifty – well, equivalent to full-frame, the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4. The most recent lens I got for the Fuji system is the Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2, which translates into a 85mm on a full-frame. I got into Fuji with the original Fujifilm X100, then later got the Fujifilm X-Pro1, sold both and ended up with the Fujifilm X-E2. There are some nice lenses on the roadmap – which is by the way very cool of Fuji to let you know what’s coming up – it’ll help you plan your investments.
Let’s move on to the Nikon section. I’m a Nikon shooter from day 1. I still own the Nikon F5 for sentimental reasons or probably rather because selling it makes no sense. A few times a year I shoot the second Nikon film camera I still own, a Nikon FM, (both not pictured).
In the lower left corner is the workhorse camera, the Nikon D800 and three primes, Nikon 35mm f/1.4, Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4. I’m using the D800 a lot these days. By the time this article is published, I will have upgraded to the Nikon D810 which received the speed and focus updates this camera has been missing to be close to perfect for me.
While the Nikon D810 is a incredible camera for lifestyle, a camera with 9 frames per second or faster is hard to beat when shooting sports. In the lower right corner is my Nikon D3, which I use for personal projects or as a backup body when I’m shooting sports. My main camera for sports is a Nikon D4s. I rather rent this camera for specific jobs than owing it. For the price of the camera body you’ll get a lot of rental time. The main features I use this camera for are fast shooting and fast autofocus.
For sports I also rather use zooms than primes. The bread and butter lens is the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 tele. With only a second lens in your bag, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 – normal to wide angle, you’ll cover quite a range. Sometimes you want to go extreme wide angle with the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye or to the other end and extend the tele with a 2x converter that will give you a 400mm lens at 200mm on the 70-200. Also pictured, although I very rarely use this lens, is a Nikon 85mm f/2.8 PC-E tilt/shift, which I like for subtle effects.