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Photography Equipment

Photography equipment for still life and lifestyle photography - Renuko Style

 

My Gear

The camera I have been using for the last 4 years is the Nikon D3200. It is lightweight and a good all around camera in the lower price range for a DSLR. Nikon’s newer version of this model is the Nikon D3400. They are both crop sensor cameras which basically means your image is cropped in size compared to a full frame camera. This is fine for most photography and certainly a good camera to start out with. It has served me well.

Nikon D3400 w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (Black)

I hardly ever use the kit lens this camera comes with. I find it lacks personality and the f/3.5 is not a low enough F-stop for the dreamy backgrounds I like to create. For this I use either the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 or the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens. The 35mm is good to shoot styled shots in my small kitchen because I can shoot from a relatively short distance. I love the 50mm the most, it creates a  beautiful bokeh when I shoot flower photography, lifestyle and portrait shots. Both are very reasonable price wise. I also own a Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens for interiors and architecture.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Years before I had my Nikon I used a Canon Powershot to great advantage. It is similar to a crop sensor DSLR in many ways but does not have the ability to change lenses. A student of mine uses one and takes some epic landscape shots with it.

Canon SX530 HS 9779B001 PowerShot

There is also a newer version with more megapixels for a bit more money. The link below has a whole bunch of cool accessories that come with it too!

Canon PowerShot SX730 Digital Camera 40x Zoom Lens + 32GB SD + Spare Battery + Complete Accessory Bundle

 

My Wish list

On my wish list is the Nikon D750 and a Nikkor AF-S FX 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The Nikon D750 is rated the best full frame camera for the price and the 24-70mm lens is highly recommended by several photographer friends of mine. Full frame is definitely an advantage as well as the ability to use one lens for all situations.

Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Another camera on my wish list is the Panasonic Lumix G7 which was highly recommended by Paula Apro of Maine Photo Adventures. She uses this camera on vacation in Mexico and rarely takes out her big girl camera anymore. It is a mirrorless camera (similar in construction to a smartphone camera), great for landscape and all around photography. The Fuji XT is another good option as well. They are very lightweight and much smaller than a DSLR but the downside for me is the lack of a viewfinder.

PANASONIC LUMIX G7 4K Mirrorless Camera, with 14-42mm MEGA O.I.S. Lens, 16 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-G7KK (USA BLACK)

Fujifilm X-T10 Black Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens

 

Additional Equipment

I recently purchased a Vanguard Alta Pro tripod and totally love it! It is lightweight, very sturdy, has a cool boom arm, and is very reasonably priced.

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit

For $29 this LimoStudio lighting kit is a steal. Pretty sturdy and very handy for just about any low light situation. I ended up buying two so you might want the whole portrait studio kit. You might also want a little brighter bulb though.

LimoStudio Photography White Photo Umbrella Light Lighting Kit, AGG1754

Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit by LimoStudio, LMS103

LimoStudio Set of Two 105 Watt, 6500 K Fluorescent Daylight Balanced Light Bulb for Photography and Video Lighting, AGG878

I like my extra-large reflector for controlling the light in product photography and portrait photography. There are also many other sizes available, but for small situations such as still life photography, you can also use white or black foam core from Walmart. But for the price, these Neewer reflectors are pretty cool.

Neewer 5 in 1 Portable 24 x 36″/60 x 90cm Round Collapsible Multi Disc Photography Studio Photo Camera Lighting Reflector/Diffuser Kit with Carrying Case, Great for Photo Shoots and Taking Pictures in Accurate Lighting

Neewer Portable 5 in 1 59″x79″/150x200cm Translucent, Silver, Gold, White, and Black Collapsible Round Multi Disc Light Reflector for Studio or any Photography Situation

 

Photo prints

My recommendation for a print service is Adoramapix. After a color and price comparison of 10 online companies, this is my go-to print service. You can’t beat the price, the color is spot on and true to life, and they have a huge selection of sizes and styles.

Adoramapix.com

 

Just a heads up, I do get a little kick back from Amazon if you purchase items by clicking the links on the page. Thank you for that in advance. It helps keep this site running.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask, I love talking shop! renukostyle@gmail.com

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