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Photo equipment that I currently use

In my view, any advice regarding photographic equipment should be taken only from someone whose photography you personally appreciate. A person whose photography you do not respect either does not have enough knowledge on the subject or, which is often the case with those interested in photo equipment per se only, misinterprets the degree of relevance of technical issues to real–life photography. Therefore, please see the Gallery first to decide if you want to read any reviews or technical essays on this Web site.

As far as photographic equipment is concerned, there is always a considerable danger of slipping into the mist of comparing brands or pieces of equipment and forgetting about actually taking photographs. This, however, does not mean that one should take photographs without paying attention to the equipment at all. Rather, it is about balancing the two.

In order to cope with this balancing problem, I have adopted the following approach: I thoroughly research a subject or a piece of equipment prior to making a decision or a purchase and then make basic tests, if necessary, once I get it. After this is done, I come back to the technical side only if something peculiar draws my attention while using equipment in the field or if I start feeling limited by the features it can offer. For some it might appear insufficient; I, however, am of the opinion that worrying too much about photo gear is likely to hurt your photographs more than any potential minor faults of your equipment would hurt a great image.

Anyone who is serious about photography and practices it for at least some time is bound to try and go through different formats, recording and reproducing media, brands, etc. in search of a setup that suits his particular photographic needs best. While online research on photo gear can eliminate obviously unsuitable options, the set of equipment that approximates one's optimum choice can only be arrived at through personal experience and practice as we all have different preferences and priorities. Moreover, this process never stops—you will find yourself adopting new techniques, technologies and equipment as you grow as a photographer and technology develops in general.

You will probably note that photographs presented on this Web site were taken with a wide range of equipment—this in fact represents the searching process that I have gone through so far. As a result, I currently use the following photo gear:

   

Ebony 45SU camera (image courtesy Ebony)

  • Large format system: Ebony 45SU camera with three lenses (Nikkor–SW 90mm f/8, Fujinon CM–W 135mm f/5.6 and Fujinon C 300mm f/8.5) and miscellaneous accessories.

   

Hasselblad 503CW camera (image courtesy Hasselblad)

  • Hasselblad V–series system: 503CW camera body, three lenses (CFi 4/50, CFE 2.8/80 and CFi 4/150), one film back and miscellaneous accessories.

  • Panasonix Lumix GX8 digital camera and Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 lens.

My camera support system consists of a Gitzo G3530 LVL carbon fiber tripod and a Kirk BH–1 ball head; both are over ten years old but still serve exceedingly well.

Although some of the images on this Web site were taken with negative film, I normally use transparencies (currently Fujifilm Velvia 50 and Fujifilm Provia 100F). I scan slides with a top–end dedicated film scanner and do all necessary corrections in photo editorial software. The best images are printed with the use of an Epson SureColor P800 printer. This procedure has finally given me the complete control over the photographic process that I have always longed for.