As hard as it is for me to admit, sometimes, photography is not about the equipment but about the moments that we capture with the equipment. Cameras and lenses are merely the brushes that we use to paint our masterpieces. Really expensive brushes…
With that said, let me share my brushes with you.
I regularly cycle through equipment, so keeping this post updated with current gear is a task. This is what I have on me today, but I can’t guarantee I’ll have it tomorrow.
Mamiya 645 AF Medium Format 120mm film camera with 80MM f2.8 lens
This one is my favorite that I own. It’s a 120mm or 220mm medium format camera. For those of you who may not know, medium format is about 3x the size of 35mm. More frame real estate means a sharper image. In the case of film, it means a really high resolution. I do my own film cans, so I can get around 80mp out of a single frame. One cool thing about shooting medium format is that there is hardly any lens distortion. What you see is what you get with this camera, no need to warp and correct the image in post.
Canon EOS 6D Full Frame digital camera
I’m not a real pixel peeper, so this 20mp camera works great for what I do. The 6d is plenty fast enough for me to capture candids, has a nice color profile for skin tons for portraits, and sturdy enough to handle getting banged around on a shoot. Right now, I’ve got 2 of these cameras as my primary work horses. This camera made the cut for me because it produces sharp images (thanks to the no IR filter), has a nice color profile, and has more dynamic range and low light performance than the 5D MK III.
Canon EOS 1n 35mm Film Camera
I purchased this camera for my professional work, so I can use my EOS mount lenses with film.
This is the “old” version without the IS. This lens is my go-to lens for almost everything. I like the bright color, the bokeh, and sharpness of this lens.
I use this lens a lot for head-shots, candids, and macro photography. This one is Rachel’s favorite. At a wedding, this lens pretty much stays on her camera all day.
I very rarely use this lens except for when we’ve got an outdoor wedding. I like this lens but just don’t find myself using this focal length often. I thought about purchasing the “big boy” 70-200mm f2.8 lens that Canon offers, but probably wouldn’t use it either… So, I stick to rental lenses if I know I’ve got an indoor event that would require an f2.8 f-stop.
I use this lens a lot at my engagement sessions. It’s a great portrait lens for capturing that super soft depth of field. It works well for the reception as well when the room lights go down and there’s not much light to work with.
I find myself using this lens a lot at the end of a wedding when I’m tired of carrying around my heavy 28-70mm. I also use it a lot for personal work and street photography. 40mm seems to be the perfect focal length for street work.
Lensbaby Muse Tilt Shift Lens
This lens was given to me by a friend. It’s a fun lens that I throw in every now and then.
This is one of my back up lenses. Rachel uses this one a good bit, but it really just sits in the bag as a safety measure. The color and sharpness is up there with my 28-70mm Canon lens, but the auto focus is a little slower than my USM lenses.
Fujifilm Xpro 1 Digital Rangefinder
No this is not a film camera. It looks like one though and has 13 stops of dynamic range that’s pretty close to that of film. This is the only 1.5 crop sensor camera that I’d ever own. The low light capabilities of this camera match my 6D. I use this camera for a lot of street photography and personal work. I love this camera because, even though it’s digital, I always feel like I’m shooting film. The color profile is good but takes little extra work in post to get it where I like it. This camera really shines when taking B&W’s though.
Fujifilm 50mm f1.4
On this crop body, this lens is really closer to around 80mm. Nonetheless, this is the lens that lives on the Xpro 1.
Fujifilm 18-55mm f2.8-4
I really only use this lens when I want to shoot wide angle shots. It’s a great focal length if you like to shoot from the hip like I do.
50mm CCTV lens
This lens is more of a novelty than a primary lens. I use it mostly on my Fuji Xpro 1 and it gets me a really unique look.
28mm f2.8 German Vintage Lens
This is a vintage Leica replica lens that I found on Ebay. I rarely use it because it produces a really soft focus. But it does look cool on my Xro 1!
Canon AE-1 35mm Film camera
This is probably one of my favorite all around cameras! It looks cool and it super fun to shoot. I leave this on out on our bookshelf in our living room because it’s a great conversation starter. Nothing really special about the camera, it’s just an old tried and true Canon.
The Vintage & Novelty Family
Canon 28mm f2.8 FD lens
This is a vintage FD mount lens that I use on my AE-1 and Xpro 1. It’s sharp but all manual, so you got to take your time with it. I use this lens a lot for my video work because I can control the aperture on the lens it self.
Canon 50mm f1.8 FD lens
Pretty much the same as the 28mm above just a different focal length.
Canon 80-200mm f4.5 FD lens
This ones got a little fungus on the lens, so the images come out really warm. I only use this lens from time to time and mostly if I’m going for a B&W final image.
The Button Polaroid Land Camera Instant Film Camera
This one has just made it into the collection. I haven’t had the chance to test it yet because the film is hard to find and really expensive when you break it down in frames.