My current workhorse which I bought in 2012. The Nikon D700. This camera, with it’s weather sealed aloy body is often called “The Tank”. And yes, it is for sure the best camera Nikon has ever build when it comes down to build quality. It delivers every time, over and over again and has never let me down. Not even when shooting in temperatures as low as -18 ºC. With it’s 12MP sensor and 7fps continue burstrate it is a camera capable of capturing stunning, high detailed landscapes as well as fast action photos. In the hands of a skilled photographer this is certainly a mean machine.
My first DSLR ever which I used from 2006 until 2012. A Nikon D80. This crop-sensor camera takes good photo’s at the lower ISO falues. But as a landscape photographer, I’m demanding more then just a good photo. When you need more ISO, the noise already starts to play a big role above ISO800. Therefore I jumped to the full frame sensor of my D700 in 2010.
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC AE
The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 is currently my main lens when it comes to landscape photography. The lens itself is often underestimated, although it is highly rated in all kind of performance tests which you can find on the internet. This relative “unknown” lens is widely used by professional landscape photographers and also scores high points when it comes to astrophotography due to lack of achromatic abberations. It is relative cheap, super sharp and outperforms even some highly rated lenses from the popular brands like the Nikon and Canon 24-70mm.
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
The Nikkor 24-70mm is an all-round wide angle zoom lens. Most of the time I use this lens for landscapes or event photography. Since I bought the Samyang for the landscape work, this lens is mainly used for reportage’s, street photography and daily shootings. The lens itself is build like a tank and image quality is outstanding with corner-to-corner sharpness.
Nikkor 300mm AF-s f/4
The Nikkor 300mm is a fantastic lens to work with. Although it is not the fastest lens, it delivers brilliant image quality and is very versatile. Yes, versatile, since the shortest focus distance is about 90cm, one can easily use this lens as a macro lens, portrait lens and tele-lens for shooting wildlife. Especially when you combine this lens with a converter to get even more mm’s in the tele-range. Also the nice bokeh is a big plus for this relative cheap telelens. It can easily match up with the more expensive tele-glass from Nikkor only you pay three to four times less. So, when buying this lens you can’t go wrong since you basically buy three lenses for the price of one. Best buy for the bucks if you ask me.
Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6g dx ed vr1
Same goes for the Nikkor 18-200mm lens. It served me well when I was using my Nikon D80 in the beginning of my photographic journey. Then, the VR motor broke down and I didn’t felt to repair it. Instead, I upgraded to the full frame Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm. Since then, this particular lens is somewhere in the back of a cupboard catching dust.
sigma 105mm f/2.8 ex dg macro
I bought this lens to experiment with the small world of things. Sometimes it delivered nice results but most of the time I was just not patient enough to get the right results this lens is able to produce. Maybe it was because I didn’t had a stable tripod back then. But, since I bought the D700 together with the 300mm AF-s multipurpose lens the Sigma hardly leaves the bag.
- Lee Filter System
- Lee 0.9 soft gradation ND filter
- Filter System Samyang SFH-14
- Cokin 160 series 121M & 154
Extender & Tripod
- Nikkor 1.4 TC-E teleconverter
- Induro CT314 Carbon
- Sirui K30-X ball head