While camera equipment itself doesn’t take pictures – photographers do that – I occasionally receive questions as to what equipment and tools I use. Here is a short listing of my currently used gear.
Nikon D7000 (since late 2011)
Nikon D200 (2006-2011)
Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S
Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G IF-ED AF-S
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G AF-S DX
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8D G-AFS ED-IF VR
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X AF Pro DX (with Nikon mount)
In most cases, I’ll use the Nikkor 18-200 on the D7000, as this package enables me to quickly react to many different situations within a vast focal range. For circumstantial shots, or in environments where a bulky SLR might be too intrusive, I also like to use compact digital cameras of different makes, or I’ll use my smartphone’s camera.
Every now and then, I still like to shoot film with my trusted Nikon FE-2 and the 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor lens. I enjoy how shooting film slows me down and takes me “back to basics”, making me focus (literally!) more carefully on what and how I shoot, before committing a precious exposure.
Other Equipment and Tools
I have Hama/Hoya UV protectors or Nikon NC filters on my lenses, and I occasionally use Hoya circular polarizers. I also sometimes experiment with Cokin graduated filters.
I have retired all neck straps, and attached hand straps to my cameras instead. On the D7000, I am using a Hakuba Camera Grip Hand Strap, and on the FE2 I am using a simple strong key strap.
For carrying up to 10 rolls of film at a time, I use the compact and sturdy film cases available at Japan Camera Hunter. Highly recommended!
I also own a Cullmann Alpha tripod, but I rarely put it to use except when shooting under particularly demanding lighting conditions.
For the limited post-processing I do, I use Corel Paint Shop Pro. It is a fantastic software package at a decent price, coming with far more features that one can attempt to understand in time before a new version is being released