A weekly project to take a portrait photo once a week for 2010.

Equipment

My current equipment is listed below.

Cameras
Nikon d200

In 2010 I sold my d50 and bought a d200 for £400.

CLS commander flash, near area focus mode and the hard buttons for metering control where my main reasons. Particular useful is the dedicated metering control, graduated ISO and dof preview also enjoying the ability to do off camera flash.





Nikon d50
My first DSLR was a Nikon d50 bought second hand for £150 pounds.

6.1 Megapixel camera prints were good unto A3, auto focused AFD type lens lots of cheaper 2nd hand primes around. Meter was good and accurate. Though the best things were, incredible battery life - I never ran out of battery power with this camera. Also due to the low, but acceptable resolution, the camera offered good low light and lots of frames on small cheap memory cards. One other cool feature was the high flash sync speed 1/500.


Lens 
I prefer primes mainly for there reduce cost, lightweight and fast apertures. Having said that every time I have used a pro zoom its been fun but they just seam to heavy for me.
 
Nikkor 24mm 2.8 afd
My default wide angle lens great for general day to day use and street photography. While wide the perspective distortion is limited especially on the reduced field of view on the smaller sensor size. Also small and lightweight which is a big bonus.




Nikkor 50mm 1.8 afd

My very first lens for my first dSLR fast prime lens with great image quality the best place to start even if you get a kit lens.







Nikkor 85mm 1.8 afd
Bought specifically for portrait work the main advantages of the 85mm focal length is the greater optical compression and the additional stand off distance. Tend to use the lens around f2 most though is a challenging street photography lens as well.





Lighting
SB 600
Great strobe and easy to use not much else to say as it is the only strobe I have ever used.