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"What Equipment Do You Use?"

November 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

"What Equipment Do You Use?"
 

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It's a question I am only asked by other photographers - but not by clients!

I have about 47 cameras, but to be honest, some of them are rarities and collectables, but I have digital, film, medium and large format, even Wet Collodion cameras.
 

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My standard answer to the question is "the right camera for the job".  I am, like my father was, not a "brand" photographer.  I have Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Mamiya, Bronica, Rollieflex, MPP, Linhof, Zeiss, Contax, Kiev etc etc
 

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The camera doesn't make a good photographer any more than a sharp knife makes a Michelin-starred chef.  Of course, it doesn't make sense to carve a roast with a fish filleting knife . . . but you get my drift.

I love my cameras, all of them, and what they help me achieve.  I've got wonderful large format plate cameras great for fine detail and fashion billboard advertising, I've also got some highly technical stuff for precision work - but I am also more than happy with the huge 15ft enlargements made from the Olympus Micro Four-Thirds sensor - and you DON'T need "full frame" to achieve great results, and I am happy to go on record as saying that.
 

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The right combination of cameras and lenses for the right job.  Just like the right knife, and the right pan for the professional chef.  (And yes, I do like spending time in the kitchen as well)!
 


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