Brian Sims

What's in my bag?

People often ask "What do you shoot?" or "What gear do you use?", most of the time I feel this is used as some kind of score card or litmus test, but I will play the game too because it really is a question I get far too often. To be honest the best photographer I know uses a wooden box and roll of film to turn out pinhole photography to rival anything done with modern equipment so take this all with a grain of salt.   


The different cameras and lenses I use are both tools of the trade and toys for my personal enjoyment. I do not always use the newest gear, I can not afford it. For me, being a photographer is investing in the right gear to get the job done. I am not brand loyal, that said, I went with Nikon long ago and stayed with it because of what I invested and the cost to change systems is substantial. It has been an amazing product for me, I enjoy using my lens inventory on both my DSLR and my older 35mm film Nikon F5.


The short version, I use gear that gives me the best results for the dollar spent and that works for me. If you have questions about what is needed for a special project just ask, I do not just use what's in my bag, if a special piece of equipment is needed for a shoot I use a rental.


Nikon D850 DSLR (primary)

Nikon D810 DSLR (backup)

35mm Film

Nikon F5 35mm SLR Film with MF-28

Nikon F-Mount Glass

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro

AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

AF-S NIKKOR 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2

AF-S NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 ultra-telephoto



Medium Format Film

Pentax 645N AF


Pentax 75mm f/2.8 SMC FA

Pentax 45mm f/2.8 FA

Pentax 80-160mm f/4.5 SMC FA

Pentax 400mm F/5.6 SMC FA ED IF 

Large Format Film / View Camera

Wisner 5x7 Pocket Expedition Field Camera

In the Air & for Fun...

Nikon Z fc 

Nikon D3500 (Kolari Infrared Conversion)

DJI Mavic Air 2

48MP CMOS 1/2 - inch sensor