I often get asked, “what camera and what lens did you shoot that with?” Generally speaking my answer is usually, “a digital SLR.” A very vague answer, yes. Every photographer has a different goal with their work. We are not all going to print 40×96 images nor are all of us just going to simply post online. We photograph for many various reasons and I can honestly tell you that the best camera to have is the one you have with you. I am seeing more and more magazine covers that have been shot with smartphones. Our phones do a pretty good job when we don’t have to make huge prints or we just want to share something to Instagram or Facebook. Now try to print that same photo as a 24×36 and see how it looks. Probably not so great. For me, personally, I need to make sure my images are clean, sharp and will enlarge without showing artifacts.
I feel safe in saying that 98% of all digital SLR cameras today do a pretty dang good job with image quality. When faced with basic daylight landscape shooting I think it would be very hard to tell the difference in an 12×18 print shot with 12, 16, 20, or 36mp camera. Blow that same image up to a 40×60 and now the difference will show.
Just like a construction worker needs the right tools for his/her job we as photographers need the right tools for our jobs, whatever that may be. While I do large format printing on a regular basis there are those rare exceptions like back in 2009 when I had a request from a company to print one of my images 5ft by 10ft as a backdrop for their exhibit. At the time I was shooting a 12mp Nikon D300 and needless to say the test prints were not coming back looking very good. I did some tweaking on my end and the printer did some tweaking on their end and we finally got it printed.
Below you will see what I am currently using with the gear list below the image.
Induro CTX 314 Carbon Fiber Tripod w/ BHL3s ballhead
Nikon D810, Nikon F4s, Mamiya C330f Medium format twin lens reflex
Sigma Lenses 15mm fisheye, 20mm, 24-35mm, 24-105mm, 35mm, 105mm macro
Nisi Filters 10 stop ND, 6 stop ND, Circ Polarizer, Blue/Orange
Nikon MC-36 cable release, Vello wireless remote trigger, Manual cable release for My Mamiya C330
Nitecore flashlights, Tiny Monster TMGT16, NightBlade MH25, MH27, EC25 Cobra
I am currently using Kodak and Ilford color and black and white films. I carry a couple microfiber cloths with me to clean my lens if I need to.
Joby mini tripod with F&V HDVZ96 16×9 LED Light Panel
Cabelas Multi tool pocket knife.
Kingston waterproof media card holders
Nikon Charger and extra battery
Business cards and sensor cleaning kit.
CaseLogic Kontrast DSLR backpack
Tamrac shoulder bag – I use this for my medium format gear.
I believe that is all the gear I currently have. It was good for me to do this as I am leaving for Oregon on Thursday and I needed to re organize all my gear in my bags.
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