My Gear

The cameras

The Fujifilm X-T2 is my main camera. It is one of the few mirrorless cameras which is judged quite as good as the professional DSLRs, e. g. the Nikon D500. It lies good in my (small) hands, shoots with an ISO up to 3200 nearly without any grain and you can manually manage all needed adjustments (shutterspeed, ISO and exposure compensation). The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is big and wonderful—especially at night.

I am shooting and developing film. And yes, for sure i would like to lay my hands on a Leica M6 and one of the great Leica lenses, e. g. the Leica Summilux 28mm. Until this time i have enough vintage cameras to shoot with: Yashica Electro 35 GS, Voigtländer Vitomatic IIB, Minolta XD5 and Minolta XD7,  an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F, the Olympus 35 RD and some great point’n’shoots like the Olympus XA2 or my Minoltas AF(-E). Best new addition in the last time is a middle format PENTACONsix TL with a Zeiss lens from a good friend!

The lenses

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I only shoot with prime lenses. The lenses for the Fuji-X system are some of the best you can get for a decent amount of money. A long time I used only the Fujinon XF 35mm F1,4 R as it’s 35mm (full frame 52,5 mm) are my »sweet spot«—and for sure will ever be. For wide angle I use the Fujinon XF 18mm F2 R (27mm FF). And finally i fell in love with a classical streetlens (35mm FF): the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R.

For the Minolta I use the Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1.4—called one of the best legacy lenses at all (yes I know about the Leica summarits). It has a very fine Bokeh and the best: it is a fast lense therefore I can shoot at dawn and in the night (providing that you have a film with ISO400 and up). And at last it feels good in the hands. And without a doubt the Minolta MD Rokkor 28mm 2.8 is one of the sharpest lenses i ever shot with. It goes so well adapted to Fuji X-T2.

 

 

The accessories

Our digital cameras are wonderful these days but every cam has problems with its rechargeable batteries. So I have three or four replacements all the time in the bag. One should guarantee me 200 pictures. If it is cold it will do no more than 100.

Films are a world of its own. Though i do have my preferences: Black and white i love films with a low ISO like the  Rollei RPX25 (more here) for their fine grain. I had good results with all the Ilford Deltas. And Fomapan has the best bang for the buck i think.  For color pics there is the good ole Kodak Portra and Kodak Ektar. One special film i want to mention here: The CineStill Tungsten 800 has incredible colours shot at night.

Around the neck or over the shoulder? Both! I’m using the Sun-Sniper »The steel« and the Leuthard-Strap you see attached to my Minolta or Spotmatic.

Who made already some phototrips through the landscape and city over hours with temperatures below Zero (my Fuji works until -10° Celsius) wouldn’t want to miss good gloves. Funfact: most of those »Photogloves« are quite the same as the »Fishinggloves« or »Trekkinggloves«. The only important thing is that they can be made from mittens to fingered gloves without caps. My gloves are from Matin but I think the brand is not the main point here. Unless you need materials from rocket science.

 

 

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