Looking back on last year’s FanimeCon, I was a bit ambitious. I had just purchased my first DSLR – the Nikon D3200 with two stock lenses – and I couldn’t wait to get out there and shoot. With me, I packed the camera body, both stock lenses AND a cheap fisheye lens, 4 batteries, 4 32GB SD cards, an unhealthy amount of (incredibly pointless) UV filters (2), and my Macbook Pro – just in case I used up all the SD cards and needed to do a transfer.

Well, needless to say, I overpacked. I never used up more than one SD card per day, nor did I use up a single battery in a day. I also found myself clinging to the standard 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 over the two others. I found it way too time consuming to swap lenses randomly, and found the con way too crowded to use a zoom. So this time will be different.

What gear am I bringing to the con?

The camera: This year I’ll be packing my Nikon D7200. This camera is great for cons. Its autofocus is fast and quiet, it has great dynamic range, and performs really well in low light.

The lens: I’m packing the Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G prime lens. I like prime lenses, because once you’re used to the lenses focal length, you pretty much know where to stand to get the right shot. If I need to zoom, I can just use my feet. This thing takes some sharp, clean photos, making for some decent dramatic shots. The bokeh on this lens is great, as well, making for some great portraits

The accessories: I will be packing a cheap, attachable flash just in case things are a bit too dark in doors. I can probably get away with using auto iso for the most part, though. Further, I’ll only be packing one battery in the camera, with one spare in the bag. I’ll have TWO 32GB SDHC cards – mainly because the camera has two slots. And that is all.

All this will be tossed in a backpack that will also be used to carry all the cool stuff I buy at the con. No laptop, no tripod, no steadicam, no lens filters, none of that.

Well that was anti-climactic.

I know. But, it’s important at these types of events to keep things simple. There’s no need to bog your creativity down or miss great opportunities by constantly swapping lenses, and throwing out your pack carrying to much gear. And I’ve always been a “less is more” kind of person, anyway. I always found it more fulfilling when I’m able to accomplish a lot with very little.

Looking forward to shooting at the con. Will you be there? Will you be cosplaying – as what/who?