My photography gear with Allison Zercher

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1. Nikon 70-300mm VR – I love this lens for sneaking a picture of something from afar and shooting a portrait where I can sort of bring the background ‘in’ toward the subject(s).

2. Nikon 60mm 2.8 Micro – taking macro shots is such a great way to really experiment with photography.  Make sure you practice manually focusing, however!

3. Arsat 80mm Tilt + Shift – a random purchase for the architectural photography nerd in me.

4.  Nikon 85mm 1.8 D – I don’t love this lens like I should.  I use it occasionally, but I just haven’t really fallen in love with it.  I did do one session recently where my shots came out really wonderfully, but for some reason, I gravitate more toward my 50mm.

5. 10.5mm Fisheye – a fun lens to fiddle with… I pull it out now and then, usually when I’m feeling silly.

6. Nikon 28mm 2.8 – I use this often for wide shots, but not much else.

7.  Pentax 20mm 4.5 – an old lens I inherited from my dad.  I play with it once in a while.

8. Lensbaby Composer – another lens to experiment with.  I wouldn’t call myself a pro, that’s for sure!

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9. Nikon d700 – my beloved, beloved camera body.

10. Nikon d300 – my back-up body.  I actually do still grab it sometimes when I need to take a quick picture of something and it’s the closest camera to me!

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11.  My CM exclusive Ketti bag.  I cannot recommend enough.  I love this bag 

12. My Pelican Storage Box – the best thing ever for keeping equipment safe, dry, and out of the way.

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13. Giottos Tripod – a very useful tool for lots of reasons.  I love to attempt shooting star trails in the desert, so I really need something sturdy that will hold my camera safely!

14.  Seagate Expansion Drives – I have three, two 1-Terabyte and one 2-Terabyte.  Now if I could just remember to always back up everything more often!

15. Gary Fong Lightsphere – a helpful tool for shooting indoors and in low light – it helps diffuse the light for a more natural look.

16. Nikon SB-600 External Flashes – these are a must if you’re shooting weddings or other events where low light could pose problems.  The 600’s have been improved upon since I purchased these – lots of newer models are available from Nikon.

17. Various DVD’s for saving photos and sleeves to keep them in

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18. Joby Gorillapod – such a cool little mechanism – can clamp onto all kinds of stuff and keep your camera safe while doing so.

19. Impact Reflector – a really helpful tool for casting a little light onto something that isn’t lit well enough.

20. Remote trigger with shutter lock – I have used this many times for taking very long exposures so that there is absolutely no camera shake.

21. Giottos Rocket Air Blaster – a quick way to help clean your sensor and lenses.

22. An assortment of memory cards, varying in size.  I have about 15 that I rotate through, ranging from an old 2G to a couple 16G.  Cards bigger than 16G cost quite a bit of money if you want a fast one!

23. Quick Release Tripod Mount – I have two of these because I often misplace them.

24. Intervelometer – I use this to set up a series of shots that I want the camera to take in large succession.  This is helpful for my star trails pictures in the desert (along with my tripod!)

25. Pelican Memory Card Case – an awesome little product for keeping memory card safe and where you can find them easily!

26. Various lens filters – a favorite is my 4-point star filter for taking Christmas tree shots.

27. Lens cleaning solution – I used this occasionally, when I accidentally get a fingerprint on my glass!

28. Magnetic Aperture Set for Lensbaby – I always grab this when I’m out and about using my Lensbaby.

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29. Fuji Instax Camera – a fun little gadget… but mine is an old model!

30. Holga 120N Medium Format Camera – I must be honest, I have only taken one roll of film with this camera!  It’s a cheap little plastic body that is fun to experiment with!

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What can I say – I’m a humble girl that clearly spends lots more money on my equipment for shooting that I do for editing.  I own a Dell PC and a Samsung monitor.  On my desk I also keep my Lithium battery charger for my camera bodies, a mechanical pencil sharpener, and usually heaps and heaps of mail.

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