sirhawkeye64

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Business & Financial
Joined on Sep 2, 2015
About me:

I'm a enthusiast photographer... not a pro. I do sell work from time to time, but this is primarily prints to individuals and small product shoots for businesses.

My day job is accounting and have spent about 12 years (prior to accounting) in the IT and software development fields, managing and designing IT systems and developing applications (mainly for internal company use, not major applications for the public). I also develop software for our products (robotic automation).

Regarding my gear... I buy cameras more based on function/needs and features and not so much brand. My primary system is Nikon but this is because I have carried over gear from my previous Nikon systems so it only made sense financially to stick with Nikon. Of course I've reached a point where I look at cameras and brands objectively and will be critical where I feel its warranted -- even of Nikon at times. In the end, all camera companies bring something to the table and they create competition, which is good for the consumer. The key is to find a system that works for you and use it... after all, it's what comes out of the camera and what the viewer sees that's important. Rarely if ever does anyone say "I like that picture because it was taken with X camera".

sirhawkeye64's current gear

Nikon Z6 II
Nikon Z7 II
GoPro Hero8 Black
Backup/Secondary body. Also my go-to low-light camera.
Primary camera body
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
I've had a love/hate relationship with the 70-300's (had the AF-P previously, but returned it and sort of decided to give it another try). I mean it is a good travel zoom lens that is a bit sharper than the 24-200 on the longer end (beyond 135mm or so) so it has some things going for it, but it's not quite long enough for casual wildlife shooting in most cases. But I'm willing to try this lens again (partially because I think Nikon will discontinue it sometime soon, and a Z equivalent may not come out for at least a while).
Overall decent lens for a zoom lens that goes from wide to telephoto. Not as sharp beyond about 135mm (maybe get the 70-300 as a compliment for light travel). But good choice if you want just one lens (pair this with a 14-30 or 14-24 for the ultimate 2-lens travel kit). Still is better than the older F 28-300 so there is that, and it's about the same sharpness as the 24-70 f/4 S which is good, considering this isn't an S-lens. If you're after better quality (sharpness) get the 24-120 Z lens instead for a bit more.
Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 (SE)
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S
In reality, I don't use this lens. Might sell it. Optics are OK, especially considering the weight, speed, and size of the lens, but something i bought that i don't really use unfortunately. Wish the corners were a bit sharper.
Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S
Samsung Galaxy S10
Other gear:
  • Dell UltraSharp U2415 24" Screen
  • Insta360 One X (360 degree camera)
  • Olympus OM1 35mm Film SLR w/ 50mm 1.4 & 28mm 2.8 M.Zuiko lenses
  • SOFTWARE: Adobe LR Classic, Photoshop CC, Photomattix (HDR), Luminar AI (as a plug-in in PS); DXO Photo Lab 5 (for some tasks), Topaz Labs (Sharpen AI & Adjust AI)

sirhawkeye64's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Nikon Nikkor Z 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 VR S
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.8 S
Other gear:
  • Nikon Z 14mm f/4 --or-- a Z 16mm f/4 Prime OK, obviously this does not exist, but I would like to see Nikon to make a 14mm or 16mm prime (either an f/4 or f/2.8 version) for us Z shooters... Nikon, are you listening???

sirhawkeye64's previous gear

Nikon D5200
Nikon D750
Fujifilm X-T2
First camera (bought around 2013, kept it for 2 years....)
Second camera (sold it to get the Z6)
Sold this about the same time as the D750 as I was consolidating my camera equipment to just one system (multiple bodies that can share the same lenses).
Nikon Z7
Nikon Z6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Upgraded to the Z7 II (which was the camera I "really" wanted from the beginning). Kept this one for a while, but eventually sold it as I realized I'd rather the the $2400 cash I got for it, more than having it as a third (backup) camera body (especially since I had upgraded to the Z7 II and Z6 II, I didn't feel I needed a third body). I would have kept this, but the Z7 II offered some features that I wanted (like a "proper" grip and second card slot, but other than that I would have totally kept this as it was a great camera).
Upgraded to the Z6 II. Still kind of wish I had kept this to be used for some "dirty" jobs (like exploration of abandoned places, street photography, etc, because of it's overall value was cheaper than a Z7 or Z6 II and wasn't the end of the world if I lost a $1000 camera). But since I upgraded, I couldn't really justify keeping this around (same for the Z7 which I sold when I got the Z7 II).
Decent if you can find a good used one. Was happy with the sharpness overall (Center sharpness is good, mid-frame is OK, corners aren't so great, but that's fine. Just beware of the "squeal of death" (bad AF motor is common on these). A replacement motor can cost upwards of $500-$550 repaired. Bought mine for $400 with a bad motor, had it replaced. Later sold it for about $900 so got my money back.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
Great lens, just beware of the rubber on the zoom ring coming off and needing repair. Common issue with these lenses. (Not why I sold mine -- upgraded to the Z version).
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-50mm F4-6.3