* Camera - Nikon D300s (2009 model): As I mentioned, the camera I have now I got back in 2009. So this means it should be 9 years old this year. It's still going strong, and have been my trusty companion on many amazing adventures. And yes, it do understand that it might sound contradicting when I say that I'm looking to upgrade my camera. Get me wrong; I LOVE my camera - it's easy, and I know almost all the settings by now. But... It's not full frame. Which means that the camera has a sensor that's the same size as a frame of traditional 35mm film, measuring 36x24mm. I've been wanting a full frame for a while now, and it's looking like Sony might be the option for me - as I can still use all my lenses, it's lightweight, smaller and such awesome quality. And since my camera is almost 9 years old, it's not doing very well with a higher ISO, and sometimes the quality of the pictures is just not the best.
* Lens - NIKKOR 50mm f. 1,8: Ah, lenses! *insert heart eyes emoji* Lenses is such a personal thing when it comes to photography. But for me, I've alway been a HUGE fan of prime lenses. What is a prime lens you say? A prime lens is either a photographic lens whose focal length is fixed, as opposed to a zoom lens, or it is the primary lens in a combination lens system. The 50mm f. 1,8 lens is my all time favorite lens. It's fast, it's sharp - and the bokeh is stunning. I truly wished that Nikon would make a f.1,2, but I guess that's not happening in the nearest future. This is my go-to lens, and I've shot everything from portraits, plants, landscape, products and flat lays with this bad boy. And a huge plus is that it's one of the cheaper options on the market, so you get a great product for less money. Win-Win!
*Memory Cards: I always bring some extra memory cards with me. In case I run out of space. I have some different one, from different brands, but recently I discovered the ones from Lexar - which I truly enjoy using. They're super fast, and holds a lot of memory. Yes they're more on the higher price side, but definitely worth the money.
*Instax Mini 8: This camera is mostly for fun. The instant camera is a type of camera which uses self-developing film to create a chemically developed print shortly after taking the picture. The quality sucks, but OH HOW FUN it is to use. Besides, sometimes you want to hold those special moments in your hand right away. And you can easily hang them later as great reminders of all the fun you had. Write the date and place on them, and you have a great collection of photos that you can look back on. Cause let's be honest, how many of us print out our pictures these days? I know I'm not... Which is quite sad tbh. Maybe this should be a goal for 2018? Hm.. I think so :)
*Fujifilm Superia ISO 200 film: This is basically film for my Nikon F801 camera (not pictured) I used to own a Pentax 35mm camera, that I got from my grandpa - and I fell in love with film. Unfortunately that camera is now gone, and we have NO IDEA where it is. So last year I bought a Nikon F-801 is a 35mm film SLR autofocus electronic camera. I still haven't used it to this day, but I do think that I will bring this along with me to Canada. Let's see.. The Fujifilm Superia (I like to shoot with 200 ISO film, just a personal preference) is my favorite go-to film, and I really like the tones of the film. Fujifilm are really good with colors, and their tones are usually top notch.
*External Hard Drive/USB C - Port: I'm usually a pretty organized person, and can sometimes be a neat freak. But when it comes to backing up my pictures, I've been the worst. Until recently, when I lost over 400 pics. ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR PICTURES PEOPLE! This should actually be the first thing you do, when you import your pictures, import and backup. My hard drive is a WD My Passport 2TB, I got this as a recommandation from my boyfriend. So that's why I got it. But I really like the color, and the size of it :) Satechi Type C USB Passthrough is a USB Hub for my MacBook Pro. Since I got the newest model, I have to use this, since Apple has changed the outlets, and there's no longer a slot for the memory card. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that I hate these "dongles" (that's what they're called) and I also dislike Apple for changing the outlets.
A huge applaus to you, if you're now at the bottom. And also, thanks for checking out my blog. The next time you'll hear from me, I'll be in Canada - and I can't wait to bring you along on that journey. I'm so stoked.
Have a great sunday everyone!
- xx Ida