Its in my frequently asked questions, and yet I still get SO MANY messages about it.
So to officially answer the question in a thorough blog post about my gear, I shoot with a Nikon D750.
I started photography shooting with a Nikon D3300 - yes, I do mean the cheapest camera Costco had to offer back in the day. My main setup when I started was that D3300 and a 35mm 1.8 lens.
I knew I wanted to upgrade to a full frame next so I started saving. I bought the D750 from BestBuy June 2017 and never looked back.
Sometimes I wish I took the opportunity to switch to Canon for the perfect skin tones and flip screen but nothing shoots crispier photos than this bad boy. :’)
My favorite lens that I never leave without for my D750 is without a doubt my 50mm 1.4 lens. Its lightweight, takes killllller portraits, and gets the job done. The 50mm 1.8 is a fabulous starter lens whether you have a crop sensor or full frame camera and I would highly recommend it being the first lens you invest in because it is highly affordable & will instantly make you look like a pro.
My next favorite lens would be the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4. It produces such creamy, smooth shots, I wish it wasn’t so heavy so it could be my every day lens — I mean, it probably could if I didn’t pack so heavily buuuut priorities. This lens can shoot perfectly wide landscapes to LinkedIn headshots without fail and is my most versatile lens.
Ooohh boy and the 85mm 1.8 to this day is my best impulse purchase. I bought it when I was bored of shooting with my 50mm 1.8 back then and it did not disappoint. Although some shots come out a little soft, the bokeh is to DIE for, which makes it perfect for taking senior portraits and headshots.
If you’re on the market for a nice lens for shooting weddings or events, man oh man, the 24-70mm 2.8 is the one for you. It is SO heavy but it is without a doubt the sharpest lens I’ve ever had. I’ve used it for every concert and wedding I’ve shot and never have one regret.
In the last few years I’ve also been dabbling in film photography. It has become a passion of mine because it has forced me to actually be thoughtful about what I am shooting rather than just rapid firing with the hopes that one or two photos come out. My favorite film camera happens to be my dad’s first camera — the Canon AE-1. It works like a dream and the only time I’ve had problems with it were when I couldn’t remember how to use it.
I know my last must-have item is very typical but I really do love my Fujifilm Instax Mini 70. I recently upgraded from the Instax Mini 8 and I can definitely say you can see a clear difference between the two cameras. This one has automatic exposures, a self timer, and special settings for whatever conditions you would want to take pictures under. The film for it is affordable and there are so many options to pick from for customization nowadays!
If you’re new to photography and think you need to have the most expensive pieces to take great photos, you dont. Take your time and do your research to learn what gear is best for what you want to do.
I hope you found this helpful, if there is another topic you want to hear about, dont be afraid to reach out! :))