Well, after 12 months of, Shall I, Shouldn’t I? I’ve finally done it! I’ve gone and sold all my Canon gear, every single item, three bodies, all with battery grips, an assortment lenses and flash guns. It has taken me a long time to make up my mind, but it’s done and there’s no going back. In fact, the decision to sell was quite easy once the right sort of money was offered.

Morton Corbet © John Powell, 2009 Nikon D2x/18-200mm VR

If the truth be known I’ve always been a Nikon man at heart, my first proper camera was a Nikon, purchased second hand way back in 1986. Between ’86 and ’91 I owned more than 6 Nikon bodies, from the simple, easy to use, EM to magical FA. I never did quite manage to buy myself the F3HP/MD4 combination I dreamed of owning, but hey! That’s all in the past now, time to move forward.

For those of you who are regular readers of my Blog will know that I gave up photography for the best part of the nineties, it wasn’t until digital cameras came along that I was tempted back. I picked up a relatively cheap Canon D30 and it all progressed from there. Until just over 12 months ago!

Stained Glass Window © John Powell, 2009 Nikon D2x/18-200mm VR

It was just before my 5oth Birthday, in 2008, I was given a Fuji Film S5 Pro, an absolutely cracking camera based around a Nikon D200 body. From the moment I picked it up I fell hopelessly in love with it. In truth, we’ve had a brilliant partnership, picking up awards at National and International level throughout the year. The latest, only a few days ago, RPS Gold Medal in the Smethwick International, 2009.

Having sold all my Canon gear the question was, “What shall I replace it with”.

Since my early days as a Nikon shooter, I’ve always want to own one of their flag ship cameras. The D3, although launched in 2007 was still beyond my budget. Nonetheless, I did manage to find a very nice, late model D2X, which has everything I want and more! Besides, I’m not particularly bothered with having a full frame sensor or shooting at ISO 3200!

Along with my newly acquired D2X I also purchased the highly acclaimed AF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED (VR) DX for those times when you want to travel light. With my Sigma 10-20mm on the S5 and the 18-200mm on the D2X, I think I’m pretty much covered.

All I need now is something worthwhile to point them at!