Michael Bean, Dale City, VA asks:
You both take great photos and being a Nikon fan I was wondering what your current equipment list is?
Thanks for all you do for us and Happy Holidays
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Michael, It's a long list so I'll give you the short everyday list. Mary has a D90 Nikon and I have a D300. Her half price, year and half newer D90 is a better camera. For walk around lenses we both use 18-200mm VR lenses. She now has a new 28-300mm VR Nikon lens with the latest technology and it is super sharp. This will probably become her new walk around lens. The only downside of the 28-300 is it doesn't focus as fast as the 18-200mm or 70-300mm.
I believe we will both evolve to 16-35mmVR and 28-300VR lenses for everyday shooting and we both have a 35mm f1.8 and 50mm f1.8 for interior shots like in cathedrals. We have some 'fast glass', but with tripods for landscape in low light we don't need the expensive glass.
Bottom line: If I was buying new today I would buy a Nikon D7000 camera body (the latest digital format), a 16-35mmVR, a 28-300mmVR and a 35mm f1.8 DX lens and a good carbon fiber tripod like the Manfroto 55 series with the U shaped head. For accessories I would buy a small bag for the camera and a belt bag for the extra lens. Filters would be a circular polarizer, a 2 stop and a 4 stop neutral density filter.
When we return to the States we will have a fire sale on all the lenses we don't use. It doesn't make sense to have $2000 lenses sitting in a bag when we never choose those particular lenses for the day's shoot or for 'what if'.
Happy holidays to you as well. Will Santa be GOOD to you this year? Fiberglass would be nice.