To achieve the quality of images that you see on my little blog thing you may think that I use pricey pro quality photographic equipment.* Lenses that cost as much as a small family car etc. No no no. Those lenses tend to weigh nearly as much and are rarely required unless you are a Sports or Wildlife photographer where a fast camera/zoom lens is essential. Anyone can pick up a fast and sharp portrait lens or wide angle lens for less than a £100 that will produce images every bit as good as a £2000+ Nikon or Canon equivalent. It’s what you do with your equipment that counts.
As long as you have at least one eye, a finger and a brain you can take great pictures with a modern digital camera. The camera does all the work for you making it a doddle and don’t let anyway try to convince otherwise. No wonder pro photographers are having a hard time these days. Pro quality results can be achieved with the cheapest SLR’s. Truly great photographs can be taken with an iPhone or a plastic toy camera + film. One camera and one lens is the ideal set up and this is something I am working towards. For now this is what I’m burdened with:
Nikon D90 (£450) + Nikon 18-55 kit lens (£35) + Nikon 35-80mm f4-5.6d (£20) -Nikon 50mm 1:8 D (£110) + Nikkor 80-200mm D (£20)
Olympus Ep-l1 (£150) + Panasonic 20mm (£220) + Minolta adapter (£20) + Minolta 50mm 1.4 Rokkor (£45) + Minolta 50mm 1.8 MD (Free)
I probably only need the first two.
* Or possibly not.