My Camera Gear

Nikon D5000
This is my first DSLR camera and I learned a lot working with it.  Before I bought it I had done days worth of research and learning, trying to understand what makes a great DSLR stand out.  I learned about megapixels, ISO, shutter speeds, flash sync, sensors, and the list continues.  I looked at ergonomics at different brands and price points of different cameras.  I was very close to buying a Canon but when it came down to what I wanted, quality of product and price the D5000 stood out.  I am very happy to own this camera and if given the choice I would spend the $655 (price when I got it) to get the D5000 again no questions asked.  I shoot everything you see with this little guy.

AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm  f/4-5.6G IF-ED
This was my next addition to my photography arsenal a zoom lens. I wanted it for situations when I could not get up close and personal, however I have used it as a portrait lens and it did not let me down. Everything I buy I make sure I can multitask with it. Each lens I buy has to be able to do a variety of jobs, I'm just not at the point to pay for a $2000 lens. This guy was only $250 (price when I got it) and I'm glad I have it. I would like to report while I was on a photo shot of the Alamo I dropped this lens from my camera bag, after a 5 foot role down the street and a quick inspection the lens still works. The one problem I still have with this lens and the kit lens is that they are not very fast, and I knew I wanted to have a wider range of photos in my portfolio.

This is my little treasure, I bought this lens on ebay for a little less than $100 that's including shipping.  The lens is a 50mm 1.4 manual focus back from the 60's and yes it works on my camera!  I love this lens so much.  I'll be sure to tag any photos I put up so you can see it perform.

The new addition to my collection a Tokina AT-X PRO AF 28-70mm (Pro I with screw on hood)  I was very lucky to come up on this lens, it was attached to a Nikon N90 that I use from time to time for film work. It's a full manual lens when working with the D5000, but is so much fun to work with that I don't even notice.

SB-700 AF Speedlight
To round out my camera bag I needed a dependable flash that could help me capture moments that were too dark.  I opted for the 700 for one reason alone the price.  Its a great flash for the money.

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