June 27, 2009

I suppose it was inevitable

When you hang around Momoists a lot, you get infected by the camera nerd disease.I decided to go with Nikon, since as another fan put it so simply, "we need another Nikon guy."

With the seed planted in Hawaii this March, and watered thoroughly at Fanime last month, the initial whim to start playing around with DSLRs has finally come to fruition.

Today, the last piece of a recent string of photo-related purchases arrived to make a usable, if not hastily assembled kit that I intend to carry around for my upcoming trips. It consists of: one Nikon D700 body, two very basic lenses (Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens), a Gitzo GT3541LS tripod, and a Really Right Stuff BH-55 head with Pro II clamp and RRS D700 quick release plates. This seems to be what was most recommended by others. Of course, while getting "recommended" gear is cool and all, I'm still aware that as a beginner amateur, the biggest limiting factor will be my own crappy skill so I probably won't really appreciate it until a few years down the road.

I also plan to get Nikon's 14-24mm if I do decide to go to Japan this summer for Comiket and Animelo 09, as I would use it heavily in the week between while hiking Mt. Fuji and doing other stereotypical tourist stuff (with less time devoted to buying crap this time around).

Animelo is up in the air right now since I am a little tempted by a few other certain events. I do plan to get the 70-200mm VR whenever Momoi comes to the states again though (next year please - because everyone seems to think it's going to get refreshed with a better version).

In the short term, I have a big batch of figures arriving soon, probably Monday, including the giant 1/4 Nanoha which I will use to test-drive the long end of the Tamron.

Posted by Paranda at June 27, 2009 2:15 PM


The 70-200mm f/2.8 refresh has always been right around the corner. For the last few years. ^_^

How good are you with timing? If it was me, I know they would release it just after I bought it. :P

Posted by: tenton at June 30, 2009 3:59 PM

There you go, my man. New 70-200mm f/2.8 for you, a little shorter, a little heavier, hopefully a little better. ^_^

Posted by: tenton at July 30, 2009 12:13 AM

Exactly the tripod/ball head combo that I am looking to buy. What do you think about the total weight & height?

Posted by: Wil at November 14, 2009 3:47 AM

Weight is easy to carry around. If I'm lazy I can grab the whole thing pretty easily with one hand and the camera still attached.

Height really depends on how tall you are. I'm 5'11 and I almost have to stand on my toes if it's at full extension. If you were over 6 feet it would probably perfect at eye level.

If I extend to 3, it's a pretty comfortable chest height though.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 11, 2009 12:31 AM

Which stores carry that awesome poster/calendar?

Posted by: droguza at January 24, 2010 2:14 AM

Unfortunately it's not sold in stores. A friend bought it for me at Yukarin's DMC concert in Osaka.

Posted by: paranda at January 26, 2010 9:48 AM

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