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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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  2. motre says:

    The D7000 has a 1.5x crop factor (for those who don’t know). That will put Dan’s sweet lens collection in perspective. Multiply focal lengths by 1.5 if you want to know the full frame equivalent. So the 28-300 would be like a 42-450 on a full frame camera.

  3. Dan, I rented the D800 for 5 days last month. It was a really nice camera, and since I have a Nikon (D50) already, I thought the learning curve would be less. But having learned about Tilt Shift Lens since, now I’m not so sure. I like to photo large buildings and a tilt shift is a must. The Nikon lens for the function are quite fiddly, so now I’m thinking canon. Haven’t rented the Mark III yet, but plan on it to see the difference. I’m told they are very comparable cameras. And you are right about sigma. When you google them, mostly complaints. The bad thing about having rented the D800–they sent me the wrong lens, so I didn’t get to see that full frame in action. Bummer. I’d be curious to see what you think. Take care!

    • danbohmer says:

      I have so much money stuck into lenses that it would be a hard transition to Canon for me. I have never tried the tilt-shift photographer, but I have thought about it!

  4. Not only are your photographs a thing of beauty….Thank you for graciously sharing this wealth of information!! YOU ROCK!!

  5. rommel says:

    I usually post my pictures first on Facebook, then I upload it. It’s faster for me to see as well as my viewers. I can tell WP has been progressing with the issue on pictures directly uploaded through the site being slow.
    Thank You for your service. I’ve been to Rota, Naples, Chicago, Gulfport, Diego Garcia, Wichita Falls in Texas, to name a few. 😉 Nice meeting you.

    • danbohmer says:

      I was given some advice from another blogger to resize the pictures before uploading as it helps in a couple ways: It decreases the upload time, decreeases the storage space required, it improves browsing for others and it allows faster refresh and it decreases the chance your picture will be stolen’ as it is now lower resolution. I am pretty sure FB shrinks the photos to low res when you upload them there. Spain & Italy are on my list of places to see! Thanks for reading

  6. ProArtwork says:

    I hope you have a safe for all those lenses being away from home lol

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