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My Camera Gear 2022 Rollercoaster

By May 25, 2022June 1st, 2022No Comments

Roller Coaster for Camera Gear

It’s been a roller coaster of a year for my camera gear due to supply chain issues. I pre-ordered the Nikon Z9 from B&H Photo three hours after it launched back on October 28th, 2021. I waited. And waited, and waited. Until is shipped, I used my old Nikon DSLR kit which consisted of a Nikon D850, D500 and a D610 as a backup body. I also had an assortment of F mount lenses that fulfilled my needs from 14mm through 500mm. I was very happy with the kit.

However, once I finally received the shipping notification about 5 months later in March, I immediately prepared my camera gear for a swift departure. I ended up selling all of my camera bodies to help pay for the Z9. I sold them to an outfit called after another photographer recommended them to me. It was fast and easy, although the payout is probably 65% of what I could get if I sold my gear individually. But for me, the convenience of rapidity was worth it.

5 days after I received the Z9 the sensor shield fell apart. I could see the curtain of the shield became “wrinkled” and the top blade came loose. The shield also failed to retract and became stuck. I was able to physically push the shield down, but LiveView was disabled. The electronic viewfinder was still usable and able to take exposures, but the LCD remained black.

Needless to say I sent the Z9 back to B&H and started the RMA process. They immediately created a new order to replace my unit, but with how backordered the Z9 is, there’s no guarantee of when I’ll get mine. In the meantime I was forced to purchase another body so that I could at least have a camera to shoot with. I purchased a refurbished Nikon Z6 to get me through.

Current Camera Gear List

Main Camera: ̶N̶i̶k̶o̶n̶ ̶Z̶9̶

    • 4̶5̶.̶7̶M̶P̶ ̶F̶X̶-̶F̶o̶r̶m̶a̶t̶ ̶S̶t̶a̶c̶k̶e̶d̶ ̶C̶M̶O̶S̶ ̶S̶e̶n̶s̶o̶r̶
    • ̶E̶X̶P̶E̶E̶D̶ ̶7̶ ̶I̶m̶a̶g̶e̶ ̶P̶r̶o̶c̶e̶s̶s̶o̶r̶
    • ̶8̶.̶3̶K̶ ̶6̶0̶p̶ ̶N̶-̶R̶A̶W̶,̶ ̶4̶.̶1̶K̶ ̶6̶0̶p̶ ̶P̶r̶o̶R̶e̶s̶ ̶R̶A̶W̶
    • ̶8̶K̶3̶0̶p̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶4̶K̶1̶2̶0̶p̶ ̶V̶i̶d̶e̶o̶,̶ ̶1̶0̶-̶B̶i̶t̶ ̶I̶n̶t̶e̶r̶n̶a̶l̶

Backup Camera: Nikon Z6 (Current main camera)

    • 24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
    • EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine
    • UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
    • 273-Point Phase-Detect AF System


Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art (F mount)

Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4 (F mount)

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 S (Z mount)

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 (Z mount) 

Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 (F mount)

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens (F mount)

Main Drone: DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Kit

    • 3-Axis Gimbal with Dual Cameras
    • 20MP 5.1K Wide-Angle 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad
    • 12MP Telephoto with 28x Hybrid Zoom
    • Up to 46 Minutes of Flight Time

Tripods: Benro Mach3 Extra Long Carbon Fiber Tripod 

Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

Accessories: FTZ ii Lens adapter

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Star Tracker for astrophotography