I have major Gear Acquisition Syndrome aka, “GAS”. I own and have owned many different systems going all the way back to my Kodak pocket film camera to my Canon AE-1, which I still own today. I am not a collector but, I love cameras, the way they look and feel in the hand and the true nature of what they are. They capture a moment in time which will never be repeated.
Although, I own several different systems, I am constantly rotating Camera Bodies and some lenses to keep my equipment up to date. Thank goodness that lenses are updated less than camera bodies/digital backs as all this rotation gets expensive. I rarely sell a lens unless it is either not getting used at all and I see no use for it in the future or a new version comes out with better VR (Vibration Reduction) or some other significant reason to upgrade. Lenses of the same make and model are all different so, I like to try a new lens before buying. It helps to build report with your dealer so you can do such things. I buy most of my gear from the following vendors: (I always support my local vendor when I can)
Nikon Gear and Accessories:
Competitive Camera, Dallas Texas www.competitivecamera.com
B & H Photo, New York www.bhphotovideo.com
Hassellblad Gear and Accessories:
House of Victor, Dallas Texas www.houseofvictor.com
Alpa, Phase One and Rodenstock Gear and Accessories:
Capture Integration, Atlanta, Georgia www.captureintegration.com
Alpa STC, Phase One IQ180 (Medium Format System)
This is the newest addition to my gear and perhaps the sharpest, highest dynamic range system that I have ever used. The Alpa STC is a joy to work with. The shift feature is easy to work with when it comes to shooting panos. Although, the difficulty in using shift is that one must consider taking an LCC profile shot before every shot as lens cast is definite when utilizing shift. The Phase One IQ 180 Back has extreme dynamic range and the colors are very accurate. Coupled with the Alpa Rodenstock 32mm SB17 Lens with an Alpa Tilt adapter, the combination creates ultra sharp images. My Hasselblad is the only other system that even comes close to the detail and sharpness.
I keep the entire system in a Pelican 1510 case with fom. Included is the Alpa STC, Phase One IQ180 Back, Alpa Viewfinder, Really Right Stuff Quick Release Bracket, Alpa Rodenstock 32MM SB17 Lens with Alpa 17mm Tilt Adapter, Quick Release Cable, Capture Integration LCC Opaque Cards, 3 Batteries, Phase One Battery Charger, Leica Disto Meter and Pelican Water Proof Compact Flash Card Holder. Filters included are….
Hasselblad H4D-40 (Medium Format System)
In 2011 I purchased the Hasselblad H4D-40 System and have absolutely loved it. This is an amazing camera system as it is extremely easy to use, very ergonomic and has great color and dynamic range. Couple with Hasselblad Glass and its a great offering. Flexcolor software is very easy to use and processes the RAW files exceptionally.
I keep my Hasselblad System in a Pelican 1510 Case with Dividers. Included is the Hasselbald H4D-40 Body and back, 2 Batteries, Release Cable, Hasselblad 28mm Lens, Hasselblad 50-110mm Lens, Hasselblad 35-90mm Lens and fliters included …….
Nikon D800E and Nikon D4 Systems:
I have used both Canon and Nikon and they both make great camera systems. It just goes as you buy one or the other once you start to accumulate lenses it is difficult and expensive to change. Although, I truly believe that Nikon currently has the best and most exceptional offering with the D800 series cameras and the D4 Series cameras.
It has taken years but I have accumulated some of the best Nikon Glass. I utilize the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8G ED, Nikon 50mm 1.4D, the Nikon 85mm 1.4 D IF, the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8G ED, the Nikon Micro 60mm 2.8D, the Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 ED VR I and VR II (I have Both), the Nikon 200mm 2.0 ED VRI, the Nikon 200-400mm 4.0 ED VRII, the Nikon 600mm 4.0G ED VR, the Nikon AF-S TeleConverter TC-14 II, the Nikon AF-S TeleConverter TC-14 III, the Nikon AF-S TeleConverter TC-20 III. In addition, I have alot of nikon accessories such as release cable, Hot shoe GPS encoder, Battery Grips, extra batteries and filters. I keep most of my Nikon gear in a GURU 30-L Bag.
I have way too many camera bags. For travel I like the Pelican 1510 as it is carry on size (If they make you check it or need to check it, it’s TOUGH!) as well as the GURU 30L. I also like the Think Tank Line of Bags too many to list.
Tripods, Ballheads and Brackets:
This is real simple for me. I only buy the Gitzo carbon fiber tripods, Really Right Stuff ball heads and Really Right stuff L-Brackets and Quick Release components. They are tough and work without failure. Excellent Quality. If I didn’t already own Gitzo tripods, I would consider Really Right Stuff Tripods as well. You can’t go wrong with any of these manufacturers gear.
Previously Owned Systems:
I have owned many other systems as follows:
Canon 5D II
Leica M240 with various lenses
Canon S90 (Pocket)
FUJI GX617 Pano Camera with 90mm and 180mm lenses (Film)
Contax Medium Format System and Lenses (Film)
Imacon 343 Film Scanner
Note: If you have any question about these systems just email me.
I am always adding something. If it is significant I will update this page. Currently, I am entertaining the idea of a FUJI XT-1. It seems to be a great “Walk Around” Camera, light and portable with excellent image quality.
Please email me if you have ANY questions regarding my gear!