sirhawkeye64

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Sep 2, 2015

sirhawkeye64's current gear

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
Nikon Z6
Nikon Z7
This will primarily be my "travel" camera I use for short trips when I don't want to carry around a lot of gear. Plus it will be my "street" photography cameras too (because of it's size). For the average parent/grandparent/non-photographer, I would look at something cheaper unless money is no object or you don't mind the $1100 price tag, but you do get what you pay for here for the most part. Good image quality and the IS seems to be good even at 200mm.
So this is my backup body / low-light camera (the one I'll use when I know I'll be shooting in low light, or doing astro photography, and/or when resolution/print size doesn't matter).
This is the primary camera body for most things other than low-light/night/astro or for the times when I need high resolution regardless of what I'm shooting.
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
Good image quality all the way out at 300mm. If the $600 price tag is a bit high, you can find the AF-S version for about $200-250, and it's a decent lens for the used price. (I would however recommend avoiding the f/4-5.6 version).
Still a great lens, whether your shooting it on a DSLR or adapted on a Z body. Haven't found a need to go with the 1.8 S version yet (it's about the same size and weight as this is + the FTZ adapter).
Overall I'm pleased with this lens (got it as a kit). Sharp even at 70mm, whereas in previous generations of the 24-70 lenses, they weren't always sharp all the way out at 70mm. It does feel a little cheap for a $1000 lens, but it is very light compared to the other lenses out there (definitely the F-mount version). If you don't shoot at 2.8 very often or don't need 2.8, then this is the next best choice that won't break the bank. Plus you can find used ones for about $600 (as of me writing this).
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2
Great alternative to the 14-24. Waiting to see what the NIkon 14-24 Z mount version will be like. But regardless, this is a very good lens that offers 90% of the optics of the F-mount 14-24, but at about 2/3 the price, plus it has VC. Mine does work on both of my Z bodies, BTW.
Very good alternative to the NIkon 70-200 VR II. Just make sure you get the dock and calibrate the lens before using. When used on the Z-bodies, it usually requires little to no calibration I've found at least with my copy (on my D750 the numbers were all of the place: +/- 12 points, but on the Z bodies it's usually +/- 3 or 4 points if any in the Tamron TAP-IN-CONSOLE).
Other gear:
  • Godox AD200 Strobe
  • Nikon SB700 Flash
  • Nikon SB910 Flash
  • Olympus OM1 35mm Film SLR
  • Software: Topaz Labs Plugins (Clarity, Detail, Adjust)
  • Software: Adobe Lightrom Classic CC & Photoshop CC
  • Software: CaptureOne Express (for Sony/Fuji)
  • Software: Nik Collection (last free version from Google)
  • Software: Perfectly Clear v3

sirhawkeye64's previous gear

Nikon D5200
Nikon D750
Fujifilm X-T2
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Good lens. Sharp in the center, not so much mid frame (the newer version and the Tamron G2 version are much better). Plus I had several issues with AF motors and one issue with VR motor.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
Sold this to get the 16-55. Good travel lens though, decent image quality and light weight. However, wasn't a big fan of the variable aperture.
Good telephoto lens for travel (I would recommend the 18-55 and this lens for a light-weight travel kit). Maybe add the 10-24 too so you have everything covered from 10mm to 200mm.
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
Tamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
Excellent image quality, but heavy (being a 2.8 lens), so it's probably not the best travel lens (maybe consider the 18-55 if you want a good travel lens)
Not a bad lens. Sadly I didn't use it enough to justify keeping it so it was traded for something else.