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The Camera System

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Choosing a suitable camera system can take a long time and is a very personal thing, after all it is an extension of your right arm!

I use Nikon full-frame digital cameras for all of my work. Currently the system is built around the Nikon D700 digital camera body.

Working outside as I do, my cameras are exposed to the elements quite regularly, so I chose the D700 because it is a professional grade camera body built into a sealed magnesium alloy shell which significantly reduces the risk of moisture penetration and provides reasonable protection from the occasional bounce test for which I'm famous. In addition, the D700 shares many features, components and accessories with the D3 and D300 series' but is smaller and lighter than the D3 and enjoys a full-frame sensor rather than the D300's APS-C sensor, all of which provides scope for expansion.

Many might assume that the natural successor to this camera, from those currently in production, is the D750. In my view however, the D850 is the more likely replacement as it enjoys a similarly rugged, professional build. But as much as I might like the idea of an upgrade, that isn't likely, or warranted, any time soon.

Being a Nikon devotee, I struggle to understand why other photographers choose to purchase non-Nikon lenses, I love them and wouldn't look anywhere else. I have one or two more lenses to acquire but my kit currently includes:

For normal subjects:
  • AF-S 16 - 35mm f/4G ED VR wide-angle zoom
  • AF-S 50mm f/1.4G standard prime
  • AF-S 70 - 200 f/2.8G ED VR II telephoto zoom
For Close-up and Macro subjects:
  • AF-S 105mm f/2.8G IF - ED VR Micro prime
I also have a AF-S TC-20E III teleconverter which, when paired with the 70 - 200mm f/2.8 zoom, gives me a 140 - 400mm f/5.6 zoom, or paired with the 105mm f/2.8 micro, a 210mm f/5.6 micro. It also removes the need to carry heavy long focal length lenses, something that would be very expensive and physically very tiring.