Camera Gear

    When you take decent photos, many people automatically assume it's because of the gear you use.  This is definitely not the case.  If you know what you're doing, you can get great photos with a cheap camera, and if you don't know what you're doing, you can get terrible photos with a professional camera, no matter how many features it has to try and make up for the operator.  So, while I used to pay a lot of attention to camera gear, I'm now trying to simplify, work on my technique, and get the best photos I can.

    I used to shoot entirely on film, except for travel shots on my digital camera.  In 2006, I made a transition to shooting mainly digital, though I'll still keep some of my film gear.  So, anyway, here's what I use, or have used.

Digital gear

Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR
Canon EOS 5D DSLR, converted to IR by LDP LLC
Sigma EX DG 15mm f/2.8 fisheye
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L macro
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
Canon EF 1.4x II L

Lensbaby 2.0
Lensbaby 3G
Canon Angle Finder C
Canon Speedlite 430EX flash
SanDisk Ultra II CF cards

35mm Cameras:
  • Minolta X-500
  • Minolta X-570
  • Minolta XD-11
  • Minolta SR-T 101
35mm Lenses:
  • Minolta MD Rokkor-X 28mm f/2.8
  • Minolta MC W.Rokkor-X 35mm f/1.8
  • Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 55mm f/1.9 
  • Minolta MC Rokkor-X PG 58mm f/1.2
  • Minolta MD 135mm f/2.8
Medium Format:
  • Mamiya C330 Professional F TLR with Maxwell Hi-Lux focusing screen
  • Mamiya-Sekor black 55mm f/4.5 lens
  • Mamiya-Sekor black 105mm f.3.5 DS lens

  • Mamiya-Sekor black 180mm f/4.5 Super lens


  • Minolta Spotmeter F 
  • Minolta Winder D
  • Minolta Angle Finder 
  • Bogen 3021 tripod & 3047 3-way head 
  • Manfrotto 3021-PRO 'pod/3055 ball head
  • Velbon Macro Slider 
  • Porta-Trace light box 
  • Schneider-Kreuznach 4x loupe 
  • Domke F1X Little Bit Bigger bag 
  • LowePro Photo Trekker AW bag 
  • LowePro Orion Trekker bag 
  • LowePro Nova Mini bag

Stuff I've owned, but sold:

  • Minolta MD Rokkor Fish-eye 16mm f/2.8 
  • Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 20mm f/2.8 
  • Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 24mm f/2.8 
  • Minolta MD 24-50mm f/4 zoom lens
  • Vivitar [MD] 28mm f/2 lens (sucked) 
  • Minolta MC Rokkor 28mm f/3.5
  • Sigma [MD] DL Zoom 35-80mm f/4-5.6 lens 
  • Minolta MD 45mm f/2 lens (broke) 
  • Minolta MD 50mm f/1.2 lens 
  • Minolta MC Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.4 lens (x2) 
  • Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 lens 
  • Vivitar [MD] 75-205mm f/3.8 macro zoom lens
  • Kenko 10x monocular adapter
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
  • Minolta Auto Winder G 
  • Minolta MD Tele Rokkor-X 135mm f/2.8 lens (scratched) 
  • Vivitar [MD] 135mm f/2.8 Auto Tele lens 
  • Minolta MC Tele Rokkor-HH 30cm f/4.5 lens 
  • Minolta RF Rokkor-X 500mm f/8 lens 
  • Minolta X-700 camera (x2) 
  • Minolta X-600 camera
  • Minolta SR-T 100 camera (broke)
  • Minolta SR-T 102 camera 
  • Minolta MD-1 motor drive
  • Sunpak 266D flash (broke)
  • Sunpak 433D flash
  • LowePro Nature Trekker AW bag

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