Camera Bag

December 2012 - Update
So much for moretoriums (see 11/18/11).

Camera Update
Nikon came out with the D800 and my 'camera envy' gene kicked in along with a no-interest offer from a credit card.  So the D800 joined my camera bag in September 2012.  The camera is a workhorse.  Since it's so similar to the D7000, body-wise, I had little trouble getting used to it.  The D7000 is now in try-out mode with a family member who is a die-hard film shooter.

Lens Update
All my Nikkor lenses can be used with the D800 but not all are FX lenses.  I did, however, have several FX mode lenses and added a Nikkor 24-85mm 2.8-4 Normal/Macro.  Currently, it's my walk-around lens and I'm loving the results.

Lightroom4 and Nik Software for organizing and editing...I was using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 but this program would not read RAW files from the D800.  Converting RAW to DNG in Elements resulted in lost pixels, defeating the purpose of FX mode so I moved on.

November 18, 2011
I haven't been here (on this page) in a while.  The other day I cleaned all my camera equipment and  discovered items I had forgotten I had - NOT lenses but small items.  This tells me one thing...there will be a moretorium on the purchase of camera equipment (except for memory cards) in 2012.

Here we go:

Nikon D7000 and Nikon P7000
My D7000 was purchased in July 2011 and not without a lot of soul searching.  I loved my D5000 and was able to sell it to help off-set the cost of the D7000.  The D7000 has turned out to be a much better 'fit' for me.

Anyone reading though this list will think I'm crazy...maybe so but, looking back over the last month, I have to honestly say I've used every lens listed except the Canon D500 macro.  The only lens I cannot recall the reason for purchasing is the Sigma (Big Ma).  This is a 'dated' lens that is extremely heavy and slow but I know, if I gave it up, I would not be able to replace it.  It sits, waiting for a clear night sky and a fabulous moon to shoot!

Nikkor 35mm 1.8G
Nikkon 50 mm 1.4G
Nikkor 85mm 3.5G Micro
Nikkor 28-300mm 3.5-5.6G
Tamron 28-270mm 3.5-6.3
Sigma 50-500mm 4-6.3D
Canon 500D Close-Up Lens

Kenko Extension Tube Set - 12, 20, 36mm

Nikon SB-600 Flash

Nikon ML-L3 Remote
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote

Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod
Manfrotto 682B Monopod - that can double as a light stand

Camera Bags
Oh, there are too many to mention.  There have been several purchases that were quickly sold off, only to be replaced.  My favorites...
1)  Jill-e 769381 Medium Weatherproof Leather Bag - it holds almost all of my lenses
2)  Lowepro Passport Sling - it's made like a 'healthy back bag' but has padded partitions for gear and it expands.

I think I'm done.  I hope I'm done.  There are a lot of other small items (lens pen, lens bands, filters, etc.) but all of that will have to wait until I clean out my camera bags.  This may never happen!

January 2011
Right now I shoot with a Nikon D5000.

My first camera was a fully manual Yashica my then brother-in-law purchased for me at the Ft. Monmouth PX.  I loved that camera; wish I still had it!  That was followed by a Canon Rebel which was replaced by a Nikon N70 and closely followed by a Nikon N80 (all film).  When digital took off, I began using a Nikon D70S and then a D80 which brings me to my Nikon D5000.

Understand, I don't have all of these cameras.  All were sold or traded in to finance my next toy but I did keep my last film camera, the Nikon N80.  One day I will have to take it out and see if I remember what film was all about.

When time permits, I'll have to make a list of all the bells and whistles that go along with my D5000 and post it here.  Or, maybe I shouldn't make that list - then I'll have to come face to face with my investment.  Yikes!