Nuts and Bolts

After responding to a comment earlier today, I realized I haven’t said much about my equipment in a while. Since I recently picked up a camera and some lenses, it’s a good time to post an update. I’ll also list my film gear, since a portion of the work in my galleries was shot with it (and come to think of it, I need to update those galleries…)

My current camera is the Olympus PEN-F (in silver), the first digital camera I’ve enjoyed to this extent. If you’re considering it, there are good reviews to look for (such as Steve Huff’s and Robin Wong’s). I also sprang for a grip to use with my heavier lenses.

Some have written about the PEN’s Monochrome II mode and the praise has been well-deserved. If black and white is the intention, one has the option of shooting in monochrome instead of in color, and there’s control over contrast within-camera. To give you an example, my image from earlier today was uploaded without the usual post-processing (except for resizing and a bit of toning).  The PEN is petite, well-weighted and lovely. Kudos to Olympus for understanding why this matters.

I also have an assortment of Panasonics: The G6, a G5 and a G3. (I owned the GX8 for several months but returned it because of an electronic issue. The GX8 is a solid camera and most of the work from my recent Utah trip was shot with it).

My current lineup of lenses includes the following:

Olympus M. Zuiko 75mm f1.8
Olympus M. Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro
Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f1.8
Olympus M. Zuiko 12mm f2
Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7
Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5
Panasonic Lumix 45-150mm f4-f5.6

My film cameras and lenses include the Hasselblad 903 SWC with the 38mm Biogon (as seen in my gravatar). I also worked with the Hasselblad 503 CX, a Planar 80mm f2.8, and the 180mm f4. Over the years I employed various viewfinders, backs and a ground-glass back.

I took a lot of photographs with a Fuji 645 S (the one with the rollbar) and the Fuji 645 W (the one without).

And then there’s the Contax G2 with its trio of lenses: the 45mm f2 Planar, the 28mm f2.8 Biogon and the 90mm f2.8 Sonnar.

I’m no longer shooting film, but I miss handling those incredible cameras.

If my post-processing is of interest, it includes Photoshop CC, ACR 10.1, On1 Photo 10, the no-longer-supported NIK collection (all eight of ’em), Lightroom (which I don’t use often). These days my workflow begins in ACR where I try to accomplish as much as possible.

My printer is the Epson Pro 3880 (a truly great machine). My scanner, which I haven’t used in a while, is the Epson V700. Many of the earlier 120 images in my galleries were drum-scanned.

Finally, my stereo equipment includes a Rega Planar III, a Grado Reference Sonata and a lot of jazz records. 🙂

Let me know if you have any questions!