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For the first few months of this blog I was loading pictures full-size. Now I reduce them to less than 1mb to improve loading. If you want the full high-resolution file and we have come to an agreement on the use of the image, I will send it to you. My pictures are typically around 7-8mb each, so they are pretty big.
At least 99% of my pictures are straight from the camera as I do not do post-processing. On a rare occasion I may crop a photo, but usually my cropping is done before I take the picture by using my lens or feet to zoom in/out. Some day I may understand the importance of post-processing, but for now I will stick to just taking pictures.
Here is the list of equipment I have with me in Afghanistan:
- Nikon D7000
- Tokina 11-16mm DX 2.8
- Nikkor 18-70 DX 3.5-4.5G
- Nikkor 18-135mm DX 3.5-5.6G
- Sigma 18-250mm 3.5-5.6 DC
- Nikkor 28-300mm 3.5-5.6G
- Nikkor 35mm DX 1.8G
- Nikkor 50mm 1.4G
- Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
- Nikkor 55-200mm DX 4-5.6G
- Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G
- Nikkor 105mm Micro 2.8G
- Nikkor 135mm DC 2D
My ‘go to’ lens that is on my camera 99% of the time is the 28-300mm because I like the versatility it gives me. You may have noticed a large percentage of my pictures are zoomed shots and using my feet to get the zoom is not always practical or even possible, especially here in Afghanistan.
I use to have the Nikkor 18-200 DX, but it was lost along with my old Nikon D80 a few years ago. I replaced them with the D7000 & the 28-300mm non-DX lens. I like the extra zoom, but I do miss the wide end. To fix that I decided to try a less expensive alternative and bought the Sigma 18-250mm. It worked ok, but never as good as the Nikkor lens.
I had only used it for a few weeks before it completely failed on me. It took several weeks to get Sigma to authorize me to return it for repair – I would have preferred replacement – and sent back to me. It is the lens on my camera today, but I am not confident that it will last so I now travel with a couple spare lenses when I go out. I wrote about my thoughts on Sigma here, needless to say, I will never purchase another Sigma product due to my disappointing customer service experience.
The big decision I need to make when I get home is should I stick with the D7000 and buy the Nikkor 18-200 DX or just go up to a full-frame camera (Nikon D800)?
You may notice I do not list a flash…it’s because I do not own one. I know they are helpful & useful in a lot of situations, but I really like the way pictures look with natural light. Besides, it is just one more thing I would need to try to learn in order to use it correctly…I’m not ready for that yet.
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