I officially became a Nikonsponsored photographer in 2011. Ever since then, I have been solely using Nikon gear. When I first started out, I was involved with motorsports photography, covering events such as the Japan Super GT, and Super Taikyu. My first two Nikon lenses were the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G and the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. The 35mm was used in the paddocks and starting grid, while the 70-200mm was used to shoot vehicles on the track.
As mentioned, I primarily shoot idols nowadays. For this, I use a combination of the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and the AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II, which I’ve nicknamed ‘The Bazooka’, for obvious reasons. I rely on the 24-70mm for most events, as it’s flexible enough for almost any situation; it’s also wide enough and has good depth-of-field.
The Bazooka, however, is my personal favorite. It’s one of Nikon’s sharpest lenses and despite its size and focal length, focuses very fast! With an aperture of f/2, it’s great for lowlight conditions, and produces creamy bokeh. In addition, there’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology onboard, allowing me to forgo a tripod most of the time. I love this lens because its color, contrast, and image quality is simply surreal. The only issue with this lens is I really have to take a step back when capturing my shots.
With the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2G ED VR II, I get exceptional image quality and great subject/