Hey, I am Gijs Spierings and I’m a photographer that specializes in automotive. The love of cars is what got me into photography over 18 years ago. Paying the bills with photographing cars was never a realistic future for me back then, but many years later I’ve been able to pull that off and man that brings so much joy into my life!
Anyway, talking gear. I laid out my main kit that I own, I do rent from time to time, but the gear listed here does the job for a lot of my work.
I’ve always shot with Nikon. I used to work in a photo store when I was young, so I had the liberty of trying out every brand, but Nikon definitely was my brand of choice. Starting out with a D60 as a virgin DSLR shooter, I worked up to now working with the Nikon D850 since it came out to replace my D800 as my main work horse. I just love how good and easy it is to work with, aside from the speed and that huge 46MP resolution. That file size is lovely to work with in post-production.
I work the most with my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. It’s a great allrounder and a real tough lens. I’ve been using it heavily for 6 years, and it’s almost time to replace it though as I’m planning to work more with primes in the future.
The last two in my kit are primes, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART and Nikon 105mm f/1.4. Shooting a little lifestyle/fashion as well these are my favorites to work with. Such a crisp sharpness and beautiful bokeh with quick focus. All this glass is mostly covered with B+W Polarizers to keep my reflections in control, which is a must for me when shooting cars.
When I need extra lights, I’ve got my two Profoto B1 X’s. They’re definitely not the cheapest but have never let me down on location and being battery powered it’s so easy and quick to use them. I always carry one with me in my Think Tank Airport Security v3.0, and bring the other one only when I need it.
For my automotive photography I work on a tripod for 95% of the time, the Gitzo GT5563GS carbon tripod always keeps my D850 steady, whether it’s low to the ground or 278cm up in the sky. My Arca Swiss D4 M Head lets me get that perfect angle.