David H Dennis

Joined on Jan 15, 2012

David H Dennis' current gear

Leica Q (Typ 116)
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
Fujifilm X-T1
I wanted an underwater camera to use during my boating expeditions, and my Nikon AW1 sprung a leak. So I decided to go with the best-engineered camera around. So far I've been delighted with the wonderful smooth feel of the camera, and its rock-solid durability even underwater. I've also taken to using it above ground when I want to do contemplative, Leica-style photography. The camera isn't perfect - manual focus is a bit fiddly - but this camera has been the gateway drug leading me to the Q and possibly - some day - the SL.
The D4 is great but really big and heavy, so I added a compact camera to my arsenal. The XT1 has great controls - perhaps better than the D4's in many respects. Image quality is not as good, but it's a lot better than being exhausted at the end of a long event, unable to take any more pictures!
Nikon D4
Nikon D5
Nikon AF Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
It's horrifyingly expensive but it's definitely improved the quality of my pictures enormously. A great, if sometimes challenging, step up from the D300.
I've only had my D5 for a couple of days, and it's already become an indispensable companion. I've taken it on a lot of nature walks (see the 80-400 lens) and I'm delighted with its responsiveness. The new touch screen support with pinch to zoom has been fantastic when reviewing photos, and I like most of the control changes. For events, I've gotten very good results for candid shots at ISO 51,200. I'm very happy with the camera.
I bought this lens to give my new D5 a companion with more reach for nature photography. It was just $495 on consignment at the Palm Beach Pro Shop for Photographers. This lens is much-maligned for the slow autofocus, and there's no doubt that it's very slow if you are trying to focus close to the lens. But if you have a bunch of distant subjects it will actually shift focus between them pretty quickly. Despite Thom Hogan's review, I personally found this lens very sharp at any focal length, and I have the pictures to prove it :).
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
My first pro lens. I love the sharpness, and although it's big and heavy I've learned to live with that. Would be nice to see VR, though, especially for video.
I just bought this shiny new lens, and so far I love the VR and faster autofocus, while barely noticing the added weight.
It's a gorgeous lens, super-smooth and works great.
Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II