Ok. So first thing first. I have a confession. I am NOT a gear junkie. There I said it. I am not a photographer who always feels like I need a new gadget or gizmo. I love the gear I have procured--gear that empowers me to produce an incredibly high level of quality for my clients, while having superior functionality, and "non-techy" user friendliness. To be 100% real---I don't really have any major items on my wish list at the moment.
But, I have gone through a lot of trial and error (like the first camera I ever bought NOT being full frame, ugh--a total waste of money), lots of equipment rental and personal hands on research, to develop a streamlined collection of "I can not live (or work) withouts!" First...let's dig into the "non" lens side of my beloved gear...and honestly, brace yourself for the most non technological review ever. I'm just gonna speak from the heart.
And now...for the REALLY fun part and the part I know you have been waiting for....time to talk LENSES!!!! Just about all of my lenses are “prime” lenses. Prime lenses are lenses that are stationary at a certain focal length. They do not zoom in and out on their own---I am the zoom by either walking closer to my subject or backing up. Prime lenses are preferred because, unlike three "zooming" counterparts, they produce images that are much more tact sharp with fewer visual defects. This fact has made me absolutely fall head over heels for them--although they weren't love at first sight that's for sure. They took some getting used to after years of loving my 24-70---and as you'll see I still have one "zooming" lens that is a major part of my repertoire.
I purchase much of my gear online from Amazon (cause HELLO Prime Shipping, I totally LOVE you!) and at a local camera store in the Roseville area, Action Camera. Gear that I adore, but is not pictured...
- Hold Fast Money Maker Camera Strap - if you're a woman (or man with long hair) order WITHOUT the extra D rings (they pull your hair)
- Think Tank Waist Belt with Several Attachments
- Cheetah Stands
- Tamarac Jetty 7 Bag - perfect grab and go bag for hiking or travel
- Rechargeable Energizer Batteries - (soooooooo many of these--both AA and AAA!)
- B+W Lens Filter Covers - essential for protecting lenses from scratches and debris in various sizes
- Lens rarely used professionally, but versatile for personal use (and took all these photos) Nikkor 24-70, 2.8-Average Price Point $1800
If you have any questions about gear, rentals or equipment, please don't hesitate to DROP ME A LINE. xo
All images and reviews, copyright Jessica Roman Photography, LLC 2016