I was going to start my vlog, but I didn’t want to use my crappy webcam so I thought, “Ooo my Nikon Z50 would be siick” but Nikon didn’t give me an HDMI cable with it., that or I can’t find it… Also, I have to buy an HDMI capture card so I can record the video to my computer.
So I will type it out old school. I have decided in 2020 that I will move on from my Tamron G2 24-70mm f/2.8. I loved this lens, I did, but the more and more weddings I shot in dark, dim-lit churches and reception venues, I came to realize, my 2.8 workhorse wasn’t cutting it for the way I want to take my photos anymore. I began using my little Nikon 35mm f/1.8 more and more and teamed it with my 70-200mm Tamron G2 f/2.8, I was enjoying myself!
Then came the Tamron 85mm G2 f/1.8
I bought this bad boy online, (don’t buy lenses on Amazon, or you don’t get the warranty or the support). I don’t think Tamron has a legitimate seller on Amazon, so just stay away. Go buy from your local photography store or online from a local shop elsewhere in Canada. I buy from
or frequent their store on bank street in Ottawa, or
when they have some nice deals. Anyway, back to my 85mm, once I tasted the sweet nectar of this lens I was hooked. So fast, so bright, and the bokeh on those portraits, dang breh. This was my new go-to lens for anything I could shoot with it. I recently joined
and started my headshot portfolio and business and this lens kills it for headshots and portraits. I also now do all my engagement shoots strictly with this lens, I rarely swap out unless I see or feel a nice “wide” shot, then ill pop on my 35mm. My bridal portraits and couple shots with this lens are by far my favorite and I didn’t even think back to my 24-70mm – sad face emoji.
There it was, sitting in my bag, collecting dust, barely getting used along with my Nikon D500 (Replace by my new Nikon Z50 for traveling purposes). I knew if I tried to sell it online people would gouge me on the price. So instead of dealing with Kijiji people I just decided I would go check some trade-in value. I brought my Nikon D500, D750, Tamron 24-70mm, and my 40mm Nikkor to Vistek in Ottawa.
I thought if I could trade the lot and maybe upgrade to the new D780 it would be time to get shwifty. Then I got cold feet, and I came to my senses. The Nikon D750, although released in 2014, is still a solid camera and does everything I need from a camera…right now, and she’s only got 17 thousand clicks on’er. So I took my D750 back, I also took my 40mm Nikkor back so I can use it on my Z50. That left the D500 and the Tamron. D500 a $2000 camera and the Tamron a $1200 Lens. I always hated trading stuff in because of how they take advantage of you, but I have been trying to sell my D500 online for months and ever since the D780 announcement, all used Nikon cameras like the D750, D500 and some others were dropping in price, it just was not worth the time and effort to sell online.
I decided to do it, I traded in my D500 and my Tamron for a brand spanking new Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 and the new Godox V1 Flash. Now I have 3 primes and a zoom. I don’t think I will ever get rid of my 70-200 because sometimes I like to take shots of my dogs
(check their InstagramHERE), and that lens is a beast (pun intended). So now my current gear locker includes:
Nikon Z50 Mirrorless DX Camera + F Mount Adapter
Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Lens
Nikon 35mm DX f/1.8g
Nikon 40mm DX f/2.8g
Nikon D750 Camera
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 G2
Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4
Tamron 70-200mm G2
I believe I am ready for the wedding season in 2020, are you?
TIME TO GET SCHWIFTY PEOPLE!