One of the most commonly asked questions of photographers is “What equipment do you use?” As if it’s the equipment that should be receiving all the credit for creating our images. Well without it you would be hard pressed to come up with any type of photo, but no matter how sophisticated a camera is, there hasn’t been one manufactured yet that can take a great photo all by itself. The fact of the matter is the most important part of your photography equipment is actually you. But it is your equipment that helps you capture your vision, so to some degree it is important.

Probably the biggest concern that most people have, is buying a piece of equipment that really isn’t all that good. Nobody wants to throw their money away, so I imagine that is why people always ask the pros what they’re using. One thing that I’ve discovered is that there is a lot of information posted on the web about camera equipment. Some of it is good information while there is a lot of misinformation as well. When I was switching over from film cameras to digital, in November 2005, I was trying to decide which manufacturer and model I should buy. I did an enormous amount of research on the web. It turned out to be an enormous waste of time. I’d read one review saying that Nikon was the best, then another one extolling the virtues of Canon. It went back and forth from every review or user report that I read. The conclusion that I came to is, that every photographer has different needs regarding his equipment and what is great for one photographer may not necessarily be the right camera for another. The same applies to lenses as well.

For 25 years I shot with Nikon film cameras. My introduction to digital was with a Fuji S2 Pro, which uses the Nikon lens mount and Nikon lenses.


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