sirhawkeye64

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Accounting / Business Management / IT
Joined on Sep 2, 2015
About me:

I'm a enthusiast photographer... not a pro. Probably will never become a "pro" photographer or do photography as a living. I do sell work from time to time, but this is primarily prints of some of my best pieces only. But otherwise am NOT a pro.

I'm a former IT manager / software developer and now do accounting and management (my B.S. and M.B.A were in management). I was a self-taught computer programmer and had paid jobs as a programmer and IT manager for a while (about 7-8 years) until I changed careers into accounting and management. Photography, for me, is a way to escape the day to day office life and explore my creativity. I was never into the arts (drawing, painting) or playing a musical instrument and taking pictures was something I've enjoyed since childhood. Since about 2015 I decided to get serious about photography, enough to spend money on the craft (first DSLR was a Nikon D5200 and have upgraded since as my skills have progressed).

sirhawkeye64's current gear

Fujifilm X-T20
Nikon D7500
Nikon Z7
Camera for street photography primarily.
Im a bit disappointed that Nikon felt they had to remove the second card slot in this revision. I would give it 4.5 stars if it had two card slots, but I'll dock them a 1/2 star because this is a step backwards. I'm OK with not having a grip option and the reduced resolution (helps with high ISO noise control) but did they really have to remove the second card slot??? (Yes I know they are trying to differentiate it from the D500 enough, as they both share the same processor and sensor--the D500 just has 2 card slots, 3x the focus points, and a larger buffer, and a faster burst rate among other things.) Either way I got mine used, cheap ($600) so not a big deal.
(Backup camera body to my Z7 II). Overall, I would give this 4/5 stars. Mainly because of what it's lacking that the Z7 II now has. It's very good for most things aside from sports and wildlife or times when you need fast accurate continuous AF (don't get rid of your DSLR just yet).
Nikon Z7 II
Fujifilm XC 35mm F2
Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR
While not quite the "update" I was hoping for at least they did give us a second card slot, a battery grip and USB power (which I don't use). Hopefully over time, they will continue to improve the AF to at least come close to what the D850/D810 and other DSLRs can do.
Great lens for the money. Optically its very close to the more expensive metal version, so this is a good option for those on a budget. It obviously omits the dedicated aperture ring, but if you shoot with a modern DSLR/ML this isn't a big issue as many cameras these days don't have aperture rings anymore (although that is one thing Fuji is known for having on their XF lenses). But this lens is clearly for the budget-consous group, but still offers great image quality. The benefits of this lens is it's weight and it's not metal (which is nice when shooting in cold weather) plus it's cheaper so if you broke one, it's not a huge loss at $200.
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR
My wildlife lens... for now. Waiting for NIkon to release their Z 100-400 and 200-600's. I'll probably keep this regardless because it's a light lens and works well on my D7500, and acts more like a 105-450 because of the crop factor which is beneficial for wildlife.
Great for landscape and architecture where you don't need the extra stop of light. Can be used for some astrophotography but you'll be running a stop higher than the 2.8 14-24 S lens. Overall, though, for the money, despite it's drawbacks, this is a good lens for the money. Certainly rivals the Tamron 15-30, which is bigger, heavier and can't use screw-in filters. The 14-30 is perfect for travel photographers because of its size and weight.
Great travel lens, especially when paired with a wide-angle zoom (like the 14-24 or 14-30 for a 2-lens travel kit that can go from 14-200mm). This lens is a tad sharper than the older 28-300 F-mount version. The only downside is it's 1/3 stop slower on both long and short ends, but I feel the IQ is a tad better so I'll take it.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S
Samsung Galaxy S10
Probably one of the sharpest 24-70's on the market currently, and the sharpest one I've owned myself.
I actually got this to compliment the Tamron 70-200 G2, but in the end, I ended up shooting mostly with the 85 (for my model/portrait shoots) so I eventually sold the Tamron and have been shooting mostly with this and it's a very good lens for the money. Any serious portrait/model photographer should have one of these (even if you have a 70-200).
Unlike many other people on here, I don't use the camera on my phone. But as a portable "PDA" basically, it's a good phone. Smaller than some of the others but quite powerful for what it is. I'm not a phone snob (don't need the latest phone) so I'll likely have this one for 4-5 years or until the battery needs replacing.
Other gear:
  • Computer: MS Surface Pro 7 (i7 512GB version) (Probably similar to a modern-day Macbook Air. Plenty fast to do general editing and light Photoshop work).
  • Dell UltraSharp U2415 24" Screen
  • Godox AD200 Strobe
  • Godox MS300 (300ws) Monolights
  • Godox TTL685 Flash (mainly for when I travel)
  • Insta360 One X (360 degree camera)
  • Olympus OM1 35mm Film SLR

sirhawkeye64's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm F1.8 S
Added Mar 11, 2021
Not sure if I'd really get this. I've had 50mm lenses in the past, but I never used them as much as I would the other FLs (24mm or 35mm). While the Z 50mm is an excellent sharp lens, I just never found that FL to be all that great, especially if I have an 85mm for portraits and when I get a 24 and 35mm for landscape.
Added Mar 11, 2021
Added Mar 11, 2021
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S
Added Mar 11, 2021
Would be nice, some day. I have the 14-30 which will hold me over until then. Hopefully Nikon will do a 14mm 2.8 lens at some point, and then I can remove the 14-24 from my Wanted list as I only really want it for the lens speed.
Added Jan 7, 2020

sirhawkeye64's previous gear

Nikon D5200
Nikon D750
Fujifilm X-T2
Should have kept this one too, but at the time I wanted to get a D750 and the $400 I got for the kit (originally $600 new) was worth more to me at the time. But in hindsight, I should have just kept the body at least.
Probably one of NIkon's best FF DSLR cameras. Nice balance between resolution and high ISO noise performance. Dual card slots are nice and the ergonomics for me were great. I would buy another again, but only if it drops to $1200 or less. I also wish Nikon would do away with the AA Filter on this camera, and then I'd give it a full 5 stars.
Sold this to contribute to moving to the NIkon Z. There was nothing wrong with this or the Fuji system, I just felt it was cheaper to have two bodies to share one set of lenses than have two totally different systems. The XT2 is still a great performer even though we now have the XT3 and XT4.