MY GEAR

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The photograph shows my current gear which is based on the Fujifilm X series cameras and lenses. I only recently switched to Fujifilm (2018) after being a Nikon user for over 20 years including when I was shooting film. I do still have some of my old film cameras and I also still shoot some medium format film with my Pentax 645Nii which is a great quality camera and a joy to use.

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  1. Fujifilm X-T3 - The X-T3 is the main camera I have chosen to replace my Nikon and there is nothing but positive feedback on this camera. It is still early days for me but my initial experience of the handling, set-up and menus has been excellent. It is smaller and lighter but looks and feels like a film camera.
  2. Fujifilm X-T3 Power Winder - Extra battery and winder booster mainly for sports work, also beefs up the grip.
  3. Fujifilm Fujinon XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 LM OIS lens - latest addition telephoto zoom for general use and sport.
  4. Fujifilm Fujinon 18-55mm kit lens - The kit lens provided with the X-T3, I hope to purchase some primes as well.
  5. Tripod: Mafrotto Carbon One 444 with MHXPRO-BHQ6 head, the tripod is great but the ball head release mechanism can stick with L brackets
  6. Accessories: Spare batteries, SD cards, lens cloths, spirit levels, ND filters (rarely used)

My gear is based on being simple to use and lightweight. The Fujifilm X cameras are fun to use and are similar to the old film camera with all the dials etc. I do not want to carry alot of heavy equipment around anymore and it does not reduce image quality. Keep your gear simple then you can focus on the images and watching the world around you.

Buy a Fujifilm X-T3 here

Video Gear:

  • Xiaomi Mijia Mini 4K  - with Peak Design Capture clip V2, a cheaper version of a GoPro and my first use has been good for image quality. The microphone easily picks up and wind noise so will need a separate microphone
  • Panasonic HX-DC1 HD camcorder - An old style camcorder but it is fairly small and good for capturing talk to camera as the screen flips.
  • Lots of spare batteries and SD/Micro SD card
  • Manfrotto mini tripod, Gorilla Pod DSLR Zoom and clamp mono pod 

 

CAMERA BAGS

Now his could be a very long section! I have owned a lot of different camera bags over the last 36 years from most of the main brands. I have tried my best to reduce the number of bags I now have as I also downsized my gear when I switched to Fujifilm. My current bags are as follows:

  • Billingham L2 - A small day bag for street photography. Ideal for the X100 with a small video camera, has a 'Legacy Shooters' badge added (Tap & Dye)
  • Vanguard Discovery 41 - A small day backpack for the XT3 and a couple of lenses, ideal for a day on the streets.
  • Lowepro Protactic 350AW - Larger travel bag to carry all my equipment and a small laptop. A professionally designed bag with double access and lots of hoops for add-ons.
  • Think Tank Retrospective 7 - A larger shoulder bag for travel and carrying more of the X equipment around. This bag does not look like a camera bag and has a great design with plenty of space and pockets.

 POST PROCESSING AND PRINTING

  • Paper - Permajet Gold Silk
  • Panoramic Paper - Permajet Gold Silk and Fotospeed Panoramic Gloss 270
  • Printer - Epson R3000
  • Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz Studio

ANALOGUE FILM

  • Pentax 645Nii with 75mm f2.8 lens
  • Hasselblad Xpan with 45mm f4 lens
  • Ilford HP5 and FP4+ typically
  • Developed in Ilford chemical or trade processed

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