A few years back, when I first got into photography, I got hooked on Nikon. But, as our “focus” changes, so our equipment must as well. From Nikon to the iPad Pro for me and why.
I started with a Nikon point camera. Then one day I was in my local camera shop (Yes, there are a few of those around still!) when a gentleman was trading in his Nikon D3300. It was gently used and I snatched it up before anyone else could! After shooting the Nikon D3300 for a while, I sold it and picked up a Nikon D7100. I loved the 24.1 MP photographs produced by the Nikon.
Yes, the Nikon D3300 and D7100 are both DX format (not full frame), but the quality was bar none. (I know, those of you who shoot Canon are screaming, “my Canon is better!”) But, Nikon was all I knew, so that is what I base my opinion on!
Fast forward to…
January 21, 2016, when I had a life changing event, my amputation. (It was a good thing, by the way, an event I still celebrate today!)
The weight of my Nikon camera, with the battery grip, extra batteries and flash attached, became an obstacle. I didn’t get my first prosthetic leg until October 2016 and hopping around with my Nikon was a little difficult. It was about that time that I decided that it was time to downsize. I needed a setup that was lighter in weight and more portable. These things would make it easier to use and in the end, make it possible to shoot more pics and video.
The result, I switched to the iPad Pro, with a MelaMount and detachable lenses.
Now, I can shoot photos, videos, edit blog posts and answer my email all with one device! Of course, I opted for the iPad Pro with the retina display and internet access and not just Wi-Fi. It is a lower quality photograph than the Nikon, but the video resolution is up to 4k. I probably will add a point and shoot camera to my arsenal again in the future. I have looked at a Sony point and shoot with a flip-up screen that a lot of the bloggers/vloggers use. But, I will be sticking with this setup for now.
This is the Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom Point & Shoot camera that I have looked at. It has 30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor for superb low light images, and has a built-in retractable OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder. It retails for around $340.00 US dollars and would make an awesome “side iron” for the arsenal! LOL
The umbrella has an SPF 50
Which helps block the glare from the sun when I shoot outside. I don’t always use the tripod and umbrella, but it is nice to have in the car, ready to go!
I’m still looking for a lightweight portable tripod if you have suggestions. I need one with a fluid head for shooting video. (The fluid head allows you to follow an object with a constant fluid motion and no jerking or squeaking!
So, what are you using and why? Is video important to you?
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The links below will take you to some of the products I use!
- MelaMount mm iPadd pro 9.7
- Padcaster XP-38 LED Light (This is the video light I purchased from B&H, Amazon has similar lights for less.)
Sport-Brella Versa-Brella All Position Umbrella with Universal Clamp (I love the adjustability of this umbrella!)
I will be making a video about this setup and will post it soon!
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