Nikon d700: Although I recently bought the d750, this is still my main squeeze. We’ve been together since 2009 and I’m having a hard time turning my back on her. When I make the choice to change the Gordy’s strap over to the d750 then I know I’m ready to move on.
Nikon d750: This is the new kid in town. It’s the real-deal upgrade for the d700 that all of us Nikon people had been waiting for. Plus it has video so that I can have a total monopoly on being the memory keeper in this family. As soon as I finish calibrating my lenses for this body, I expect to fall head over heels in love.
Fuji x100s: The Fuji doesn’t get nearly the love it deserves from me despite turning out insanely rich images and being as portable as a necklace. I love being less conspicuous with this bad boy. I also like my lack of lens choices. Sometimes less is just easier. You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.
Sigma 35 1.4: I returned my first copy of this lens because it wasn’t up to snuff. The copy I have now goes with me everywhere. It’s an all-purpose lens that works great indoors and outdoors. It’s a reliable and versatile companion with just enough sass to keep things interesting. If it were a car, it’d be a sedan with a built-in DVD player and a sunroof. It’s the marrying type.
Tamron 70-200 2.8: This is the baseball lens. I bought it with only baseball in mind. The zoom and compression are superb but it’s a beast to carry. I prefer to sit with it. The compression has me curious about what it could do outside of sports like on a busy street corner. It has turned out to be more interesting than I’d imagined.
Lensbaby Composer Sweet 35: I challenged myself to keep this on my camera for a month. Or was it just a week and it felt like a month? It’s fun and it forced me to be playful but it was a quick affair. I haven’t put it back on my camera since that week or month.
Nikon 50 1.8: I learned how to shoot manually on this little gem. We go way back and although I have no use for this focal length at the moment, I keep it around like a security blanket.
Nikon 24-70 2.8: Before the Sigma 35, this was my BFF. The smaller size and lower aperture of the Sigma won me over. I do prefer a zoom to a prime so it still wins in that department. I dropped this lens before I had insurance. I haven’t been without insurance since.
Satechi Wireless Remote: This comes in handy for the times when you want to be in the frame. It beats the camera self-timer by miles. It isn’t sexy but it’s functional like a can opener.
Workspace: This is where I get stuff done. It’s also where I don’t get stuff done. In our typhoon-proof base housing, this is my happy corner. Now you know where to find me.
CM Ketti Handbag: This was a gift from one of my favorite CM people, Carolyn Brandt. It’s a camera bag and a purse. I let my daughter fish out the non-camera contents for your viewing pleasure.
- My new wallet that has a roomy pocket for Japanese yen and American dollars. I still don’t keep them separated though.
- This is a 500 yen coin that I gave to my son to buy drinks from a vending machine on his recent field trip. They weren’t allowed to use the vending machines and he came home parched.
- Burt’s Bees lip stuff is the blurry line between my private face and my public face.
- 6 dollar sunglasses because I lose them several times a year.
- Dramamine for my boy who gets motion sickness.
- A lighter for any impromptu campfires. Always be prepared.
- A Pilot pen and none other. A Bic lighter, yes. A Bic pen, never.
- Even dressier than Burt’s Bees. I bring these lips straight to the grocery store.
- Antihistamines because I itch.
- San Disk thumb drive in case I need to transport big files in a jiffy.