I thought it might be interesting to share the kit I use. So to get it out of the way first, I shoot with a Nikon D7000 digital camera. I don’t dislike Canon cameras, it’s just that my first “proper” film camera, a Nikon, was cheap on that auction site. That’s it. I like what Nikon cameras do for me so I’ve seen no reason to try Canon.
Onto lenses. I have lenses that encompass all the focal lengths I feel I need, but in reality, I only use a couple of them most of the time. My Tamron 90mm macro lense is my favourite, firstly because it’s a macro lense and secondly because it has the most beautifully soft bokeh (the out of focus areas).
Closely following is my Lensbaby Composer, with the sweet 35 Optic. I rather like lensbabies. I’ve found the Sweet 35 Optic works very well for macro photography, when paired with some extension tubes. I’ve also recently purchased an Edge 35 Optic, which I’m still learning to use!
As I said, I have other lenses, ones that are crisp and that autofocus, and they have their place, but if I’m packing a small bag, they rarely get included.
It’s also worth mentioning that I shoot quite a few film cameras. Not just Nikon either. My current favourite camera is a Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16, which I got for about £12 on that auction site. It has a nice lense and there’s an element of guesswork involved as you only have a little view port to look through. It’s a cheap and light way to do medium format photography.
I’m currently dabbling in large format photography too, though I’m not yet confident in it.