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Professional Photographer's equipment

A Listmania! list by J. Rathbun "jay" (Denver)
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The list author says: "I made this list a few years ago with the intention of showing what I thought most photographers would need. I came back and updated this list to only show the things I already use or will someday use. The reason I have made this update is that I have found that what a photographer needs truly varies on the style they are looking to achieve. I have my opinions on why I like the lenses I do, and my own justifications for why I choose to buy what I buy, but I also can see the arguments for doing it a different way. It being different does not make choices less valid, but will achieve a different style. Hopefully you find my take on some of these items useful to however you plan to shoot."
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control
1.  Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control by Nikon
The list author says:
  "you can find this on other sites than amazon, but this is the best remote. wireless and quick to work."
$18.59   Used & New from: $6.77
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,682 customer reviews)

Sunpak 620-080 Tripod
2.  Sunpak 620-080 Tripod by SUNPAK
The list author says:
  "I would love mine even more if it were a bit quicker to release and set up. More expenseive modesl will give you better release options"
$24.95   Used & New from: $23.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
3.  Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) by Nikon
The list author says:
  "this is well worth the jump from the d7x00 series cameras, however I do believe in the end it makes a slightly better second body. In the future I will upgrade to the d800"
$1,649.00   Used & New from: $1,415.00
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
4.  Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras by Nikon
The list author says:
  "A lot of people will go nuts over my thoughts here, especially if they are bokeh hounds, but to me, it is not worth an extra 2-400 dollars to make the step up from 1.8 to 1.4."
$216.95   Used & New from: $199.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
5.  Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras by Nikon
The list author says:
  "see my comments for the nikon 50mm, except change 2-400 to 900-1k. The 1.8g is incredibly sharp and fast."
$496.95   Used & New from: $488.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
6.  Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras by Nikon
The list author says:
  "this is next on my list to buy.  some folks might come here and see the list i am making and notice it is all prime, and ask "well why don't you just by a fixed aperture zoom lens?" i certainly could, but in my experiences they have been slower and not nearly as sharp."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR lens
7.  Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR lens by Nikon
The list author says:
  "I would like to soon add the 28mm G series lens to my bag as well. I have seriously considered the 24mm however it is 2k, or more than 3 times the cost of this lens, and I don't know how much value an extra 4mm will add."
$696.95   Used & New from: $550.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

ONA "The Union Street Camera and Laptop Bag" - Ranger Tan
8.  ONA "The Union Street Camera and Laptop Bag" - Ranger Tan by Ona
The list author says:
  "i like this bag for the aesthetic, however in practice it is not as practical as I would have hoped. It is a little bulky and does not hold as much as I would like to carry at times. It is still well constructed and has saved my camera from a couple of rough drops."
$299.00
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
9.  Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras by Nikon
The list author says:
  "I love this flash, would like to upgrade some day.  This flash should come with a diffuser and some filters, and that is all I have ever needed.  I tried the lightsphere diffusers and did not like them. I found the cap style to be far more effective for my style."
$326.95   Used & New from: $290.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
10.  Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) by Nikon
The list author says:
  "I will likely upgrade to this body at somepoint, however I am hopeful I can either upgrade to the next generation of it.  It is a powerhouse of a camera but has some features that are rather annoying. It is rare I will ever need 36 megapixels for anything"
$2,796.95   Used & New from: $2,199.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)

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