This page provides a summary of my currently used gear.
FUJIFILM X-E2 (since late 2013)
FUJINON XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS
FUJINON XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
My main digital camera is Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-E2, with matching 18-55mm and 55-200mm Fujinon zoom lenses. I am having a lot of fun using this camera, and I am very happy with the dynamic range and image quality delivered by this package. Having switched from a Nikon system, I am also enjoying how light this kit is – after a whole day of shooting, you do feel the difference compared to lugging around a much heavier DSLR with matching lenses.
I added the following accessories to perfect the usability of my X-E2:
- a handmade leather strap from the Japanese company ‘Acru‘
- a Lensmate Fujifilm X-E2 thumbrest (silver)
- a Lensmate brass soft release button
I still like to shoot film – I like how the medium slows me down and takes me “back to basics”, making me focus (literally!) more carefully on what and how I shoot, before committing a precious exposure.
My medium-format film camera is an early-1990s New Mamiya 6. I am shooting this rangefinder camera with either the 75mm f/3.5 lens (which is the “standard lens” for this camera), or with the wider 50mm f/4.0 lens. Image quality and richness of details from the beautiful huge negatives are spectacular, and the camera’s form factor draws far less attention in public than let’s say a Hasselblad or a twin-lens reflex camera would.
My 35mm film camera is a trusted mid-1980s Nikon FE2, which I am shooting with either the 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor lens, or the 28mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens. In my opinion, this is one of the best camera bodies that Nikon ever made, with a simple set of straightforward mechanical controls. The hand strap is a simple sturdy key strap.
Bags and Accessories
My current camera bag for travel and street shooting is the Vanguard Sydney II 27BL. If I want to go lighter with just one camera and lens, I use a handmade leather camera bag from this company in Japan. For occasions when I need to carry a greater variety of gear plus a notebook or tablet, I bring the Vanguard Havana 38.
For carrying up to 10 rolls of film at a time, I use the compact and sturdy film cases available at Japan Camera Hunter.
For the limited post-processing I do, as well as for cataloging my photo library, I use Adobe Lightroom 5.7.