Ok, I am camera addict. I have tried many forms of counseling and twelve step programs to no avail. So, I embrace my issues and have fun with all the cameras I own. The hardest part is deciding which camera will be the lucky camera chosen each time I go out shooting.
There is something about the elegance and design of cameras that I find very attractive. While I am not a camera collector I am an admirer of fine engineering and optics. I own cameras from simple point and shoots to a Phase One IQ180. One of the most important criteria for me in my camera selection is the quality of the image the camera produces.
Alpa STC and Phase One IQ260
Like Michael I own an STC and a Phase One IQ 160. I have six lenses in my kit for the ALPA ranging from 23mm to 120mm. This is the camera system that takes me back to grass roots. The optics are second to none and the IQ160 produces an image that has to be seen to be appreciated.
Fuji X-Pro 1
I was raised on Leica cameras and evolved all the way to the M9 from the M3. However, as time marched forward I found I needed the auto focus feature more and more as well as lenses I could afford. When the X-Pro 1 was release I became instantly hooked. This is one of my favorite cameras and I reach for it all the time. My favorite glass are the 18-55 and 55-200 zooms. This is a camera that produces incredible image quality and is so easy to use and carry. I intend to round out the lens collection wuth a 10-24mm when it is available. I also have the three original primes. When I am out shooting everything fits in my pockets. This is a great street camera. Just ordered the NEW X-T1 as well as the 10-24 zoom
Fuji XT-1 and Graphite X-T1
My newest addition to the Fuji system. I just love this new addition. We have done a video on this camera compared to the Olympus OMD – EM1. I love both but the XT-1 and the X-T1 GRaphie with the 10-24, 56mm 1.2, 18-55mm and the 55-200mm, 40-150mm lens. This kit is just about my favorite and is light weight and easy to carry.. The image quaility and retro style make this one of my favorites. Just added in March of 2015 the 16-55mm 2.8 lens
Sony a7 II and a7r II
My latest addition to my collection is the Sony a7r II and a7 II. These full frame mirrorless cameras has quickly become my main go to camerass. I have a 16mm Fisheye, 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 35mm, Zeiss Batis 25mm, 70-200mm and Tamron 150-600mm zoom lenses. The in body camera stabilization has made this a reliable platform to use in my outdoor photography work.
Sony DX100 iv
This my little big camera. It’s pocket camera with all the power of a DSLR. It is always with me and has amazing image quality.
Canon 5D II
Maybe I just like white lenses. I have had the Canon 5d II since it first became available. I have used Canon cameras and have evolved with Canos from the 10D through the 5D II. I have a full set of lenses for this system from wide angle all the way through 400mm. I am not using this system much these days but it is used by my girlfriend quite a bit.
Olympus OMD EM-1 and new EM-5
Now this is a sweet camera. I am totally hooked on this camera. THis is one sweet system. This is a small and compact system. Like my other systems I have lenses ranging from wide angle to long reach telephoto. It’s pretty cool what can be packed into such a small system. If you are looking for a good, no great 4/3 system then this is the one.
December 2014 I have added the new 40-150mm and 1.4 tele-extender and have pairded that with the 12-40mm lens both with Pro desigination. They are fast sharp and great to work with.
Panasonic Lumix GH2
Before I bought the Olympus this was my main go to compact camera system. These days I use it primarily for video work. Coupled with the wide range of glass I own this is a great system for stills but it excels in video.
Too Many Camera Bags
I am addicted to camera bags even worse than I am cameras. My main go to bags are from Think Tank. This company has an amazing line up of bags. I own one of the first Airport Security bags and I have dragged that bag filled with all sorts of camera systems all over the world a few times over. It is the sturdiest and best bag I have ever owned.
Lately though I have also become hooked on the F-Stops Backpacks. This company has figured it out when it comes to camera backpacks. With clever camera insert systems and well designed strap system I feel very comfortable carrying my cameras, a lap top and 2 iPads. This will be my bag for my upcoming Antarctica trips.
I have been very picky about tripods in my career. These are investments and my tripod investment is one that doesn’t have to be replaced or upgraded every few years like cameras these days do. I have a Gitzo traveler and a larger Gitzo. This last year I have become hooked on the Really Right Stuff 24L tripod with the BH55 Ball Head. except for the issue of having to tighten the legs often this is a super tripod. when using the ALPA system I will usually switch out the tripod head to the Arca Swiss Cube head.
My Work Station for Editing Images
An iMAc 5k, 24 tb of Raid storage on Pegasus Drive, and a Wacom 22 HD Touch tablet.
Updated April 2, 2015