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p.1 #1 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


Your at home.

You love photography.

People ask you all the time to do jobs for them.

You make ends meet.

You are happy.

You never turn down a job and you really don't have a specific field of choice, you just love photography.

Lets say you were ambivalent about gear. You did not read the forums, visits the rumor sites or hang out at the camera shop. Fun was not the gear. Fun was the shooting. You really just wanted your tools for the job. Your hammer, your nails. You did not covet special coatings, special stabilization, special builds, special anything. You just saw a lens as a lens and a camera as a camera.

What modern day camera or cameras, lens or lenses and why? How simple could you go?

I personally love gear. But I was asked this question and I was a bit stumped.

Obviously you would be limited in certain areas but you could be a well rounded photog who could hit the basics of any field and your work would be just fine.

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Jan 29, 2013 at 06:22 AM
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p.1 #2 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


I would probably be very happy with a D700 and any 24-70 for stills. But I also like video so in that case For video a D600 or if I was splurging a D800 and any 24-70. No filters. Nice tripod. A few extra batteries.




Jan 29, 2013 at 06:24 AM
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p.1 #3 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


D700 or D600 or D800.

Preference for primes : 21 / 35 / 85 / 300 (brand is a personal choice)

Preference for zooms : 14-24 or 16-35 / 24-70 / 70-200 + x1.4 TC

Unless you are a birder of course



Jan 29, 2013 at 09:15 AM
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p.1 #4 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


Well, if you take the techy BS out of the equation, and just want to shoot for "the love of photography"....i'd prob have a d3 and 28-300 lol...but i'm too much of a gear whore to settle for that lol


Jan 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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p.1 #5 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


I'm not a pro, but probably have a decent kit for what you describe.

You kinda just asked people to define the shape of a cloud...



Jan 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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p.1 #6 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


M635_Guy wrote:
I'm not a pro, but probably have a decent kit for what you describe.

You kinda just asked people to define the shape of a cloud...



exactly

not easy



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:26 PM
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p.1 #7 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


Frogfish wrote:
D700 or D600 or D800.

Preference for primes : 21 / 35 / 85 / 300 (brand is a personal choice)

Preference for zooms : 14-24 or 16-35 / 24-70 / 70-200 + x1.4 TC

Unless you are a birder of course


I love the primes.



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:26 PM
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p.1 #8 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


NathanHamler wrote:
Well, if you take the techy BS out of the equation, and just want to shoot for "the love of photography"....i'd prob have a d3 and 28-300 lol...but i'm too much of a gear whore to settle for that lol


yep, the gear is a great part of the fun.



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:27 PM
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p.1 #9 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


I have 2 bodies and a few lenses and suspect, if I tabulated all exposures, that 90% of my shots would be with a 30D and a 17-85 lens.

Received a 60D and a 70-300 at Christmas and expect to sell the gear I'm not actually using.

Oh, the 60D stays!



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:53 PM
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p.1 #10 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


GCasey wrote:
I have 2 bodies and a few lenses and suspect, if I tabulated all exposures, that 90% of my shots would be with a 30D and a 17-85 lens.

Received a 60D and a 70-300 at Christmas and expect to sell the gear I'm not actually using.

Oh, the 60D stays!


Similar to mine. I generally use on a 24-70, the 24 or the 70. I really don't spend much time in between.

I could really get away with any full frame nikon body with video capability.



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p.1 #11 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


My uncle's D800 + 24-70 is just an amazing work horse but I can't imagine carrying $5000 around. Maybe just a D700 with the 28-70(beast) will do if my shoulders or hands to get too tired lol.


Jan 29, 2013 at 01:59 PM
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p.1 #12 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


popinvasion wrote:
Similar to mine. I generally use on a 24-70, the 24 or the 70. I really don't spend much time in between.

I could really get away with any full frame nikon body with video capability.


That sounds like you need to sell the 24-70 and buy the 14-24 and 70-200 then



Jan 29, 2013 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #13 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


Frogfish wrote:
That sounds like you need to sell the 24-70 and buy the 14-24 and 70-200 then


Good point I do have a Tokina 16-28, and a Nikon 28mm coming in. Been debating that damn 70-200 for a while now.



Jan 29, 2013 at 02:14 PM
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p.1 #14 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


Easy: d700+sigma 35/1.4, Nikon 85/1.8g, and a 24-120. Throw in an A tripod , 2 lightstands, Einstein, sb700, 60 inch convertible umbrella, 50" Apollo, reflector and three remotes and I have the gear for pretty much anything.

If we aren't limited to modern gear, probably an X100s, and Rz67, 110/2.8 and 250/4.5 APO plus all those lights and some portra, acros, and tri-x.



Jan 29, 2013 at 02:37 PM
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p.1 #15 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


many variables that for my chosen gear and chosen work are covered and when not borrow/rent. it's you and your vision of how you shoot. I will say I only shoot zooms for their versatility. of my lenses only 2 are prime. a tele and a macro.
I am covered in house from 14mm to 500mm



Jan 29, 2013 at 02:43 PM
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p.1 #16 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


I've got to where the gear I use just isn't that critical for about 80% of what I shoot. I've mostly been shooting a Leica IIIc made in 1942 with three 1940s vintage lenses for the past three months. For paid weddings I've done well with just a D300, D5100, Nikons 17-55mm f2.8 & 70-200mm f2.8 VR, and a bunch of radio triggered flash. Outside of weddings, I could make any camera gear from any era work just fine most of the time. Generally speaking, gear is the least important thing in photography. We obsess over it to the point I think it impairs us.

Kent in SD



Jan 30, 2013 at 01:13 AM
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p.1 #17 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


D700 + Tamron 28-75 2.8 , AFD 85 1.4/AIS 180 2.8, Flash


Jan 30, 2013 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #18 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


35/1.4 and a 70-200VR will take you a good long way.

Maybe toss an 18mm in the bag.



Jan 30, 2013 at 02:28 AM
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p.1 #19 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


Camera, lens, flash and tripod. Anything more specific than that requires a more specific question.


Jan 30, 2013 at 02:42 AM
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p.1 #20 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job?


Camera body, 24-70/70-200 and 35/85 combo would do 99% of my work


Jan 30, 2013 at 02:58 AM
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