Yes , every photographer’s dream is to switch to Full Frame format body & I am blessed to make it here within just few years of my photography practice. Here’s my journey so far.
June 2009 , I remember one of my friends being in USA and I was astonished by newly launched Nikon P90 high zoom camera and I requested to grab a copy for me so I can practice photography and flaunt this high power optical zoom. Soon within few month I realized the quality is not upto the match of a DSLR ( I never knew what’s a DSLR by that time )
I found one of my close friends in Dubai has a Nikon DSLR that he flaunts on Facebook. So I started looking at his pictures and found out that DSLR is really cool thing to own and can actually change you from a hobbyist to a professional. He owned a whooping Nikon D700 & if I am not wrong with 24-70 F2.8 & 50mm F1.4 lenses. I made up my mind that I am going to buy exactly the same gear as my friend has in Dubai. And yes that was the trigger.
I soon realized D700 with lenses mentioned above is way out of budget and decided to find some alternative and after months of reviews browsing , photo.net reviews / feedback I settled for Nikon D300s , 17-55 F2.8 . Later bought a Tamron 60mm F2 Macro.
I enjoyed every bit of it (except very initial days where I almost lost hope of becoming a good photographer ) . D300s felt macho , heavy and rock solid. Till today , all my shots are from D300s & this will remain close to my heart.
After shooting almost all genres from Fashion to product , landscape and travel and found nirvana in STREET Photography and bought my first street photography book “Street Photography Now” . This book changed my entire view on photography till date and made me realize the art of photography is much more demanding and exciting than what actually I have done till date. I am not saying that other genre’s are easy or are not challenging ..they are equally but the spontaneity and purity in Street Photography is just out of this world experience. I started shooting streets but realized I am not getting there 1) as could not edit my photographs and 2) looking through my photographs , realized I am not upto the mark .
While searching workshops / courses in street photography I saw Maciej Dakowicz being in India coaching on street photography. And that was the moment I decided to enroll in one of his workshops in Mumbai in April 2014 . After attending the workshop , he changed my entire perspective of street photography and helped me look beyond normal and raise my bar to another level. He’s just outstanding photographer . My report on his workshop is as linked here .
After coming back to Delhi , home from his workshop in April 2014 I was almost sure of buying a Nikon 20mm F2.8 ( 30 mm FX equiv ) for my D300s . I realized soon enough that an upgrade is necessary now and started searching for a genuine buyer . India sucks big time in second hand market especially for cameras ,as far as my experience goes.
I sold off all my gear 8th June 2014 , and grabbed a brand new Nikon D610 . I was bit confused on lenses between 28mm F2.8 or 35mm F2 AFD , but now has decided to go for a 35mm F2 AFD lens. I am yet to buy this lens ( probably over the weekend ) and then a new journey will begin
~ love PRS