People often ask me that question, which translates to: "What do you like to work with?" We all know the brand of camera is not important, well some people have to be reminded sometimes. But anyway, for all of you who like to talk about gear, here is what I mainly use:
I mainly use Nikon DSLRs for all my contract work. It ensures a fast workflow for a multitude of needs from my customers.
For weddings, I use vocal command tripods (photo assistants) and I do bring some heavy but awesome lighting equipment.
I love rangefinders, they do not draw too much attention. I'm a big fan of the Leica M3, with it, I can shoot with both eyes open. This is a big advantage for capturing the decisive moment. Anticipating is everything.
Lately, Fuji X cameras are taking more place in this department.
For landscapes and architecture, whatever the camera and lens I use, I love to use big tripods with precise heads. The setup has to be ultra solid, everything has to be straight and perfect.
I can wait hours, even days, for the good light, in order to please a customer. Preparation and patience are key.
For my personnal amusement, I still shoot and process film, sometimes alternative process, like tintypes.
I enjoy using old mechanical cameras, they add so much to the photographic experience. If you run into me, I often have a Hasselblad in my hands.
As time goes by, I used over one hundred cameras. Every camera has its advantages. I soon began to understand that for some very specific needs, there are simply no camera. So, in 2009, I began to build my own cameras. They are named after well knowned women photograghers.
Berenice is the very first camera I made. It's a 4x5 (large format) perspective corrected pinhole camera, especially made for architectural work.
Following the design of Berenice, Berenice II is a 6x6cm (medium format) view camera with plenty of movement for landscape and architectural work. Berenice II can use both film and digital backs.
Dorothea is a 8x10 (large format) ultra wide angle view camera. I made Dorothea in 2010 to explore large format films and print very large format photos.
To explore the limits of photography, I made a few exmerimental cameras. Like Hannah, a 11x14 (large format) neo-dadaïst camera, or Anya, a 20x24 (very large format) panoramic and anamorphic pinhole camera. The construction, use, and results are fun and overwhelming.
Since I can recall, I was always fascinated by photography, cameras in particular. Those little objects capable of capturing moments, and showing it on paper.
Over the years, I used over 180 cameras: from subminiature, 35mm, medium format, up to very large format. I bought some, I borrowed some, I gave some, I loved, hated, broke, dismanteled or modified some others. Since a few years now, I even make some of my own.
Here are my personal notes about them, I hope you enjoy reading them.
CAMERAS I CURRENTLY WORK WITH
CAMERAS I MADE MYSELF
DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS I USED
DIGITAL MIRRORLESS CAMERAS I USED
DIGITAL POINT & SHOOT CAMERAS I USED
EARLY DIGITAL CAMERAS I USED
INSTANT CAMERAS I USED
PANORAMIC CAMERAS I USED
LARGE FORMAT CAMERAS I USED
MEDIUM FORMAT SLR CAMERAS I USED
MEDIUM FORMAT TLR CAMERAS I USED
MEDIUM FORMAT RANGEFINDER CAMERAS I USED
MEDIUM FORMAT FOLDING CAMERAS I USED
MEDIUM FORMAT VIEWFINDER CAMERAS I USED
MEDIUM FORMAT BOX CAMERAS I USED
35mm SLR CAMERAS I USED
35mm RANGEFINDER CAMERAS I USED
35mm VIEWFINDER CAMERAS I USED
WEIRD FILM FORMAT CAMERAS I USED
TOY CAMERAS I USED
OTHER CAMERAS I USED