My standard Nikon setup for photojournalism

My default setup includes a Nikon D600 with battery grip to incorporate a spare battery and make vertical shooting easy; I use a 24-70mm f/2.8 G Nikkor, allowing up to 24MP JPEG images in FX mode and smaller but very usable files in DX mode- where this lens approximates a 36-105mm f/2.8 zoom in coverage angles. Focus is in manual mode and I employ my RedRock Micro follow-focus ring on the lens to make focusing smoother- my hands are large, and it’s less work to grab it instead of the smaller-diameter lens ring.

The AF illuminator light is cancelled and beep is turned off, to be unobstrusive.

I carry a Nikon Coolpix S9100 which provides up to 20 seconds of recording for audio files per still image (for video, simply speak around the camera to engage the stereo mic) so that manual note-taking is almost completely eliminated. Because it doesn’t allow 24 FPS video, I set both cameras to 30 FPS to simplify video editing.

Flash is usually deactivated with both cameras. If I need flash for some reason, I’ll usually attach the SB-700 to the D600. The continuous frame rate of 5.5 FPS is usually adequate, and with these settings the buffer is most often sufficient for a burst of images.

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