My Equipment / by Bennett Photography

Okay so i figure, i will upload some of my equipment, so some of the more camera oriented of you can familiarise yourselves with what i work with, why i use them, and why i think theyre suitable for my needs.



Firstly, if you are bit of a fan-boy type, you will notice i do stick to a particular brand, I am a Nikon user, now there is a short story behind that, the day come i wanted to upgrade from Bridge camera's to delve into the world of D-SLR's, and I was working at a shop at the time, so i had had a nose at certain cameras, ill admit, i went with what i could only afford, the choice come down to a Canon 650D, which seemed good to me, nice to hold, bit plastic feeling but it looked the part.

But day come when i was about to leave the house to purchase this camera, i had a momentary relapse, and though can i get better? this is after all a large amount of money if im wrong, and i searched "Canon 650D vs" and with the list Google showed me i found that its nearest rival is the Nikon D3200, so i read up on it, found it to be a shade better at individual things, such as a higher Frame advance rate, more mega pixels, it was £20 cheaper, and if im honest it blatantly looked nice also, so i abandoned my original plan and went to the shop and purchased this Nikon instead!

Nikon D3200 with a aftermarket Battery grip fitted to protect the broken bottom panel

 

The camera served me well for half a year, before i dropped it, whilst wearing a big and heavy lens, it landed on my carpeted floor and broke the bottom casing, and the exposure sensor was no longer working, so i decided to move on at this point, knowing my camera was a write off, in the meantime of setting up a claim agaisnt my insurance, i bought myself the sturdy, and reliable Nikon D200, a Semi Professional body from 2005, i know what you may think, its old, ancient even in camera terms, but however this was and still is one of the most reliable and dependable camera's Nikon produced in the Naughties, and for 4 months it did me very proud, many of the images you will see in my Galleries were taken using it.



However, it come to the point in time when i outgrew this camera's abilities, it was Hobo's venue, Bridgend, shooting a Mosh Gig featuring 3 bands such as All To Ruin, that i met this camera's limitations, the ISO performance is just not up to that of current and more technologically advanced camera's of these last few years (goes to show how fast the technology is moving for camera's.

At this point i had already found what i wanted, for my next step, something just as robust and reliable as the 200, so after finding one, it was promptly bought through eBay, and when i arrived, i was blown away with what it could produce, the controls only changed slightly, and only weighing 10grams more, it felt right at home in my hands.

Nikon D300s, with Nikkor 50mm f1.8G AF-S prime lens attached

I love this camera, it ticked every box, the Semi Professional bigger sister of the D200.. the D300s (S being the updated version of the D300)

It boasts 7 FPS (8 if used with the MB-D10 grip)  modern and very fast Multicam 3500 autofocus with 51 points, and 15 cross type. 12.3Megapixels, Full Magnesium alloy weather and dust sealed body, weighing in 840g with no battery, card, or lens etc.

It is regarded still as one of the best crop sensored DSLR out there, and i am proud to own one


Moving on to my other equipment, i do occasionally like to shoot 35mm film.


For this i enjoy using something my partners father give me as a gift when i first met him.

Nikon F50 with a Nikkor 35-80mm f3.5-5.6D lens

My Lens collection all feature large apertures of atleast a constant F2.8, i cannot go without it, i regard myself a bit of a Bokeh whore.

 

Here we have My macro lens, lovely little lens this, perfect for portraiture and close up shots, set it to infinity-0.2m and its fast to focus, and tack sharp

Nikkor 40mm f2.8G Micro macro lens

Taken on the 40mm micro

Then we have a 50mm f1.8G, another prime, this is the sharpest lens i own, it is amazing, lovely small depth of field, perfect for portraits. 

50mm f1.8 prime

50mm f1.8 prime

next up is my everyday lens, what ill use most commonly;

Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX OS HSM

taken on Sigma 17-50mm f2.8

Then finally last but certainly not least, is the big boy, my Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO HSM, this thing is amazing, if i had to keep one lens, ive always said it would be this, the most expensive, heaviest, and best built lens i have, alloy construction, fully weather and dust sealed, shots taken with this need very little correction, colour is perfect, and its super fast to focus, ive shot as low as 1/30 with this and still comes out sharp, never had a real need for OS.

Taken on Sigma 70-200mm f2.8

The three together

Left to Right; Nikkor 50mm f1.8G, Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX OS HSM, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO HSM