By: Joel Echelberger

MY GEAR

Camera bodies

Nikon D7000 – This is my main camera. I purchased this camera body back in the spring of 2013 as a factory reconditioned unit from Dodd Camera in Fairlawn. I did a ton of research before I bought this bad boy. It is an amazing camera body, superior low light performance. I love this thing. I did put a battery grip on it, that really beefs things up and makes it so nice for shooting in portrait. The high resolution, multi-featured Nikon D7000 gives you 16.2 megapixels of vividly detailed images, a more sensitive DX-format CMOS sensor that delivers high ISO with low noise, plus various automatic and customizable settings to take your pictures and videos from great to gorgeous. Shoot up to 6 fps or record every second of the action with full HD 1080p D-Movies with Nikon’s advanced autofocus system to impress and inspire. [BUY]

Nikon D60 – The D60 is the first DSLR that I ever owned. This is an under rated little bugger. I still use it quite a bit but mainly keep it in my bag as a backup. I also added a battery grip to this body which actually holds two batteries. Nikon’s high-performance, 10.2-megapixel DX-format CCD imaging sensor and exclusive EXPEED image processing concept provide added cropping freedom and the ability to make larger prints. [BUY]

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Lenses

Nikkor 35mm f1.8 – This is my go to lens. It is on my D7000 90% of the time. Super sharp little prime lens. Optimized for DX-format cameras, the compact, lightweight AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G delivers the consistently stunning images you’d expect from a prime lens. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture is perfect for low-light shooting and creating softly blurred backgrounds; and its classic “normal” angle of view (approximating what we see with our eyes) makes it a great all-around lens. [BUY]

Nikkor 85mm f1.8 – I use the 85mm prime for some of my portrait work when I really want to blow out the background. This lens is fast,sharp and fat. Designed for use on Nikon’s FX-format D-SLR cameras, this updated medium telephoto f/1.8 lens is great for shooting stills or HD videos. The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G features Nikon’s Internal Focus (IF) system providing fast and quiet AF and produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. Its fast maximum aperture is ideal for taking stills or HD videos under ideal lighting, in low light, head and shoulder portraiture, weddings or concerts. When mounted on a DX-format D-SLR, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G has an effective field of view of 127mm. [BUY]

Nikkor 55-300mm f4.5 – I purchased this lens mainly for outdoor action shots. The first time I really used it was during a Memorial Day parade. Even at 300mm this lens is super sharp. I really put it to the test during a vacation to Ocean City Maryland where I took some pretty cool action shots of surfers. I am totally pleased with this purchase. This powerful zoom lens lets DX-format D-SLR users reach 300mm super-telephoto with clarity and sharpness, thanks to built-in VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization. In addition, the new High Refractive Index (HRI) lens—a first for the NIKKOR lineup—achieves clear, high-contrast images at every aperture and focal length yet contributes to making the lens body slim and compact. A practical, versatile lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is ideal for those who want a single lens that can handle just about any shooting opportunitiy. [BUY]

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX – This is the most recent addition to my bag. The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs is an ultra wide angle, short zoom range lens specifically designed for use with select Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras. The slightly shorter zoom range of this lens over the popular and award winning 12-24mm lens makes it possible to maintain optical quality even at wide-open apertures. This lens features a fast constant aperture of f/2.8, and provides a focal length equivalent to 16.5-24mm in 35mm format. [BUY]
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Speed lights

Yongnuo YN560ii – I love this speed light…full manual controls,very basic,easy to use,quality product. This Yongnuo camera flash has a guide number of 58 meters (ISO 100, 105 mm).[BUY]

Nikon SB800 – Powerful, compact and portable i-TTL Speedlight unit optimized for use with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS).[BUY]

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Triggers

Yongnuo YN-622N – The YN-622N i-TTL wireless transceiver is a high performance 2.4G wireless flash trigger designed for Nikon users. [BUY]

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I use Nikon cameras exclusively and endorse the following products.

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