Me Kit

Naturally a compromise between what I want and the bank balance. This stuff does need to be reasonably robust and not be too worried about rain and snow. Not that I am one of these determined adventurous outdoor, camp in the blizzard for the perfect shot types. It’s just because I live in the UK.

Nikon D700

A workhorse, predictable results and just keeps going. My third body though – the other bodies had issues that only showed up using old manual Ai lenses, which is pretty much all I use.

Nikon F5

Reassuringly heavy, I just know that it will do the job without any of the histrionics that can come with some ‘vintage’ 35mm film gear.

Nikkor-N.C Auto 24mm Ai f/2.8

Ancient old lens that distorts and vignettes like f*ck wide open, but stop down and it is razor-like. Bonkers contrast – it makes my already leery pics even worse. Pretty much the only lens I use on my DSLR at the moment.

Nikkor 55mm Ai f/1.2

Wide open you get a very shallow depth of field. The only problem is that you can’t see it as any Nikon body made after the 80’s uses a screen that shows a max aperture of about f2 or 2.8. So if I shoot at 1.2 then I am kind of guessing just how blurry the shot is going to look, and I usually underestimate. Enormous fun.

Nikkor 85mm Ai f/2.0

Small, sharp, great for portraits.

Micro-Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8

Good for product shots.

Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm 1:2.8

Built like a tank and razor sharp. Love it.

Manfrotto Tripod

With a big fat Gitzo Off-centre mag head.