Attendees at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE on June 18-20, 2015.

Focus on Photography, Not Camera Brands

Camera brands are a topic that can produce a lot of emotion, from fondness and nostalgia to envy, enmity and even wrath.

I don't care what camera you use, what brand your lenses are. If you're a photographer, I'm cheering for you.

Appraising another photographer by the gear they use or don't use feels like one of the silliest possible pursuits. Photographers love to express displeasure when someone implies that it's the photo gear that does the work (“Oh, this is a great image, you must have an expensive camera”). But all too hypocritically, photographers are also quick to sneer at a fellow photographer's chosen brand of camera or lens.

Good tools enable easier and more fluid work at their best — of course that's true. But beyond that, they're just the means to an end.

I challenge you to judge your fellow photographer by their photos, their character, their contributions to the craft and to the community. These are far more important than the gear brands one uses.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.

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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.

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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.

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Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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