Upde’s Gear


It’s been a long time since I talked much about the gear I use in my photography.  I have bought and sold a variety of cameras over the years and truth be told I have too much gear for a person who does not make a living off of photography.

That being said I will readily admit that I am a gear head and love the equipment almost (almost) as much as the photography itself.  One of the things I learned when I was at the photography school in Nashville is that I’m not alone.  There were 14 other gear heads there as well.

I felt almost normal.  🙂

If you follow this blog you know that I just had, a couple of years ago, a momentous birthday, a milestone as it were.  So subscribing to the philosophy that life is short so enjoy it while you can, I purchased a new Nikon D5 camera as a gift to myself for my birthday.  At that time it was the flagship camera for Nikon.  It won’t be for long as they are constantly offering improvements and new models.  Its 12 fps burst rate coupled with the fastest auto focus system of current cameras make it a pleasure to shoot with.


I also have the Nikon D4S, which I purchased about a year ago when it was considered Nikon’s  flagship camera.  I keep a Nikon  28 – 300 mm lens attached to it and often times if I’m out shooting wildlife I will put the Nikon 200 – 500 mm lens for quick action like tracking birds in flight.

This is the Nikon D500.  It is what is known as a crop sensor camera.  It is the flagship of the crop sensor cameras according to Nikon.  I purchased one late in 2016.  It was okay and I found myself using it a lot.  The more I used it the better I liked it.  When I purchased the Nikon D5 it was obvious I needed to get rid of some equipment so I sold the D500.  As soon as I sold it I missed it and regretted parting with it.  So I finally made the decision to purchase another one and this time

The D500 is fitted with the Sigma 60-600 mm lens, which gives me a focal length of 900 mm.  It’s burst speed is great for eagles and other flying wildlife.

I have resisted buying a mirror less camera because I still love the sound of the shutter clicking.

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