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Digital SLR
My primary camera is a Nikon D700. I also use a Nikon D300 as a back up body. I use 5 Nikkor lenses covering wide angle, normal, telephoto and macro. I also use 3 flashes; these work quite well remotely with the Nikon's state of the art CLS feature (Creative Lighting System). Accessories include remote triggers and some split ND filters. I can also use the lenses listed under 35mm film with the D300/D700. Follow the link to my
Digital SLR page for a complete list.
Medium Format Film
The Hasselblad 503CW is the second camera I ever bought. I develop the film in my own color processing darkroom. I have stopped printing the traditional way in a darkroom; instead I scan the film in and process it digitally from that point. I have 3 fixed focal-length Hasselblad CFE lenses covering normal, telephoto and wide angle. I also use a Hasselblad flash, power winder, eye-level viewfinder with light meter, an external light meter and a remote with this camera. Follow the link to my
Medium Format Film page for a complete list.
Late last year I finally bit the bullet and got a proper tripod. The tripod legs are Gitzo GT2540 carbon fiber. This is a good size that can hold my camera and lenses steady and at the same time light enough to be carried during travel. I have an Acratech ball head for use with the still cameras and the Gitzo G2380 fluid head for use with video cameras. I also have a very big and heavy, old Bogen Manfrotto that is good for landscape or studio still life work with the Hasselblad.
I use an Epson Perfection V750 Pro for all photographic scanning. This scanner has film holders in different sizes from 35mm to 8x10 and can also scan prints. It comes with the SilverFast scanning software that will make various color, sharpening and scratch removal adjustments during the scanning process and produce TIFF or JPEG files. I use a Gepe light box and a Peak 8x loupe to assist with the scanning workflow.
Epson Stylus Photo R2400 is my primary photo printer. It can take paper up to 13x19 inches or 13-inch wide rolls. This printer takes five color ink cartridges to produce some outstandingly vivid color prints. The best feature is the Epson Ultrachrome K3 ink for black-and-white prints; essentially this is 3 black inks: black, light-black, and light-light-black that can reproduce the entire tonal range of a traditional black-and-white print. I use only Epson paper with this printer. For books and/or larger sizes I send it out to print.
Post Processing
My primary cataloging and editing platform is Apple Aperture and various plug-ins for Aperture. As far as hardware, I use a Mac Pro with 16GB RAM attached to two 30-inch Apple Cinema Display. Storage of all my media is on 8 TB of internal drives in a RAID 0+1 configuration. I use Apple Final Cut Studio 3 for all video work.
Camera Bag
ThinkTank Airport Antidote is my primary bag. It is great because the laptop sleeve can be separated and the rest of the bag then fits in the overhead compartment of the very small regional jets. This bag can hold most of my digital SLR equipment which is what I primarily use when traveling. For local outings I also use a Lowepro SlingShot 200AW. For work related travel when I want to bring a camera and a lens or two, I use ThinkTank
Urban Disguise 50.
My Photography Equipment
Panasonic AG-HMC150 is my primary video camera. It records in high bit rate 1080p and 720p as well as a 24p modes in both 1080 and 720 resolution. Overall quality of the image seems to be better than HDV, and it uses cheap SDHC cards to record - no moving parts.
Micro Four Thirds
My travel camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 micro four-thirds camera with a Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 lens. This camera has superb image quality, especially in RAW format which is supported by Apple Aperture 3 now. The f/1.7 lens is great with indoor lighting without flash.