For my trip to the USA I was loaned and given many wonderful things. It was fantastic to get so much support. I think it is time to go through what I was given and talk about how I found them.
Of course the first person I need to thank is the wonderful person who made the whole trip possible. I know they want to remain anonymous, but I can’t do a post like this and not say thank
you with all my heart. I was given such an amazing gift and experience that no words will ever be able to say enough. I hope they felt that I took the most of it and enjoyed the photos that I took a long the way.
I have had a lot of support from Tamron over the last year and when I told them about my trip it was no different. I was asked what lenses would I like to borrow and was allowed to use both. I chose the 15-30mm 2.8 lens and the 28-300mm lens.
The 15-30mm is an incredible lens and so good for doing architecture. I know that I would not have been able to get the image of the ‘Freedom Tower’ like this one if I had not had it. The wide angle makes it perfect for architecture. I didn’t use it a lot, but when the situation arose where it would be good I was very happy that I had it with me.
The 28-300mm was my go to lens for the whole trip. If I was heading out the door and only wanted to take the camera with one lens it was the one that was put on the D750. I loved the versatility of it. How I could do a bit of wide angle, but also so I could zoom in. It was with me everywhere. Without a doubt the best focal length lens I had for the trip. Now I’m starting to wonder if I shouldn’t get the lens for myself.
If there was one thing I didn’t like about it, that would have been that you got vignetting at the 300mm end. It wasn’t bad, but noticeable. I just learned to work with it, or crop it out.
So my thanks go to Tamron for allowing me to use their lenses on my trip. It was a great experience and I never felt that I wasn’t covered with the lenses.
I was given a Lowepro Pro Runner II AW 350. When I first got it I thought it was small. How was I going to fit what I needed into it? However once I started packing it I seemed to find space for
everything, with some left over. I took two camera bodies, 4 lenses, my laptop, and various smaller items with me. It all went in that bag.
I weighed it just before I left and it hit the scales at around 8 kilos. It was heavy, but when I was wearing the bag it didn’t feel like that. It was such a comfortable bag to have on your back, that the weight didn’t seem an issue. It certainly was the right bag for my trip.
Thank you Lowepro for allowing me to use one of your bags for my adventure.
I was loaned a gorrillapod from JOBY and I loved the flexibility of it, what I could use it for and where. You really can use them anywhere. I had it wrapped around the top of rail to take photos
of a sunset one night. I had the camera on it for the Flatiron building. You can put it anywhere. I started just taking it with me, just in case. It is something that I want to have permanently in my kit now. I can’t believe I have been doing photography for all this time and haven’t had one before.
I also used a UltraFit Sling Strap while I was away. It was fantastic. I’ve never used a strap like this and it was so easy to swing the camera around to take photos. Very simple and I didn’t lose any hair while using it. The current strap on my D800 often pulls my hair out when I’m trying to take photos.
Great products and I want to thank JOBY for making me aware of them and I know I will be looking for future items.
My Merrell Moab Hiking shoes were just fantastic. They were great in California and I think they saved my feet in New York. I had an idea that I would be walking a lot in NYC, but I don’t really think I had any clue on how big the city really was. It is so big and you walk a long way all the
time. My feet just weren’t used to it, I wasn’t used to it. If I had had any other shoes I know my ankles, knees and my whole legs would have really suffered, so I was so grateful that I had very good hiking shoes for the trip.
I love Merrell shoes now, and have just purchased another pair for summer. I think there will always be Merrells in my wardrobe now. Thank you Merrell for looking after my feet while I was away.
The last sponsor I need to thank is Nikon Australia. It was a last minute sponsorship, but we got there. They loaned me the Nikon D750 camera and a 35mm lens.
The D750 was fantastic to have. I really enjoyed how easy it was to adjust to and use. It is a little smaller and lighter than the D800 so it was nice to carry around. I love a camera that feels good in your hand and it certainly was.
There were two things I really liked about it, one was the tilt screen. It was nice to be able to adjust the screen in some situations so you could see what you were getting. Like holding the
camera up high to take photos of something. It was great for using the camera in positions where you couldn’t see through the viewfinder.
I loved, loved, loved the WiFi on the camera. Being able to connect the camera to my phone so I could use those photos for Social Media was a such an advantage. It took a while to get it to work, I have an android phone, but once it was sorted out, I never had another problem. Most of the photos from New York that I put on Social Media were taken with the D750.
I didn’t use the 35mm lens as much as I thought I would. I liked it, but I think I am a zoom girl. I like lenses that have more choice. I know a prime or fixed lens has superior quality, but in the end I didn’t like that I couldn’t use it for many things. It has a lot more limits.
It was a surprise that Nikon would lend me the camera and I was so grateful to them for it. I really enjoyed using it, so much so that my D800 was used very rarely. It was a great camera, and definitely something to consider if I decide to get another one. Thank you Nikon Australia with letting me borrow the camera.
As I said, such an amazing experience. It was fantastic to do it with so many people wanting to sponsor me and support me while I was there. Fantastic really. All the photos I’ve shown before, they were all taken with the Nikon D750 with the lens at the caption.