What am I shooting with you ask? Well, let me tell you all about my camera equipment family. My newest addition is a Nikkor 35mm f1.4, which I adopted yesterday. It’s a professional grade prime lens (prime means it doesn’t zoom in or out). Lenses like this are essential for shooting in low light situations, and give a razor sharp image with that beautiful blurry background we all love so very much. It was definitely an investment, but I’m sure it will be a key piece of gear for years to come. I used it for the first time tonight with a lovely couple in Port Moody… and I must say, I’m already in love. The new 35mm lens will replace my old 35mm f2…. which is now for sale, by the way. Any takers!? Make me an offer people, it’s a great little lens! :)

I also have another prime lens. My Nikkor 50mm f1.4 is very similar to the 35mm, just a little bit more ‘zoomed in’. This has been my favourite, ‘go-to’ lens for a long time. It’s awesome for portraits, wedding details, and pretty much anything else.

My third lens is a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8. This lens adds the versatility that my others are missing. It zooms out nice and wide, and zooms in close when I need it to, all while performing pretty well in low light and keeping that background blurry.

All of these lenses need a camera body to go with them of course. I have (recently) upgraded to the Nikon D700. The D700 has a full frame sensor (awesome) and high ISO capabilities (meaning it takes great photos, even when the light is low). It’s a great camera that has definitely changed my photography… the best purchase of my life perhaps!

I have a few gadgets too… a tripod (I virtually never use it, but it’s always there in case I want to capture a sunset, or nighttime cityscape), a reflector for when I need to bounce some extra light on my subject’s faces, a trusty flash for those dark situations, and last but not least a Shootsac which allows me to keep shooting with only one camera body and interchange my lenses on the fly… it’s great, highly recommend it!

So there you have my whole family of lenses, camera bodies, and gadgets. If you have any questions, fire away and I’ll do my very best to answer them! I don’t plan to add to the collection for a little while (unfortunately), but I think the next item on my wish list is the Nikkor 105mm Macro lens for those uber up close photos. I’m renting one for some of my weddings this summer and can’t wait to try it out! :)

Written by Hayley Rae