The Photo Gear I Own and Use!
I have had many requests to add a page that lists all of the gear I own and use, and why I chose a particular camera or lens. So, here it is! A complete listing of what camera gear I own and use on a daily basis. When and if it changes, I will change it here. I will also list my bag, computers, hard drives, and anything photo related that I use in my daily shooting adventures! Can one man own too many cameras? NEVER!
But remember, I run a review site and my gear changes often as I have to keep up with the times, it is what I do. If I did not run this blog I would probably still only be shooting my M9 and 50 Lux. :)
The Leica M 240
The M 240..already a classic in my opinion. It’s such a fantastic camera and honestly..it is indeed a better camera than the M9/M-E. I know this even more so now after shooting both side by side and seeing the improvements of the new M in color, dynamic range, ISO, body and controls, live view, shutter, etc. The new M is superb and mine once again. The camera is amazing for color or B&W work and with the new firmware update colors are much much better. The body has given me no issues in operation. It is a mature product for Leica. HIGHLY recommended if you want the ultimate experience. The M is one camera I have truly bonded with, and just look at what a beauty it is.
A NEW Camera or two coming HERE soon!
I am changing out my gear as new things are arriving and they are looking really good. Stay tuned to this space for what I end up adding to my stable.
The Panasonic GX7
Decided to try something different in Micro 4/3 and give the GX7 a long term use test after using the E-M1 for well over a year. The GX7 is affordable and works amazingly well with lenses like the Panasonic 20, 25, 42.5, etc. Image quality has bite and great contrast/color. A review follow up will be posted in a few months.
ONA Bags - “BERLIN”
I have had many bags in my life (Fogg, Artisan & Artist, Think Tank, Billingham, Crumpler and more) and have lived with an Artisan and Artist 7000 for years. Think Tank rocks. But I took it up a notch and now have amazing style WITH quality AND functionality. The Ona Berlin is specially made for Leica but will work with any smaller camera system. Holds an iPad, Leica M, 2-3 Lenses and accessories.
The Leather Berlin does not come cheap at $369 but it is a quality bag (THOUGH HEAVY AT 3 LBS)!
You can buy it at LeicaStoreMiami.com (Appears as this limited edition is 100% sold out)
If the Leather is not your thing you can also buy the “Bowery” which is also fantastic. Click Here to see them. They are also cheaper!
COMPUTER, Hard Drives, Accessories, Audio, etc
3.4 GHX i7 processor
3 TB Fusion Drive
2GB Video card
The iMac I bought from B&H Photo and the exact model I bought is HERE. I can not recommend it enough…best, fastest and coolest computer I have owned in my entire life. In fact, if anyone wants a computer for photo or video editing, this one will do it for you and do everything in super speed. It is easily 4-5X faster than my old iMac in all applications from editing huge files to importing and editing video. I have always used iMacs or Mac Pros and no, I have no issues editing photos on them whatsoever. I do not stress about insanely super calibrated displays as 98% of what I shoot if for my own personal use or this web site/reviews. Every photo ever posted by me online in the past 15 years has been edited on an Apple display.
The External Hard drive storage/backup and video/photo editing solution I invested in at the end is the LaCie 5Big 10TB Thunderbolt drive. This thing is a monster and after having a G-Raid fail after two days with the result being me losing 1 TB of video/photo data (that was not yet backed up as it failed so quickly) I decided to go for a solution that will be fast and reliable while never needing more space. Expensive but a long term solution that should last me many years. It also goes to sleep when my iMac does, which is nice. Not a backup solution in itself but I back this up nightly to another drive. This thing is fast, solid, beautiful and so far, reliable. It tackles my video editing, photo editing, storage needs and is cool and quiet. Gorgeous external to own.
It is quiet, stable and bad ass looking. I recommend this if you need massive space. If you only need 4TB, go for this one.
The speakers I bought for my desktop are HERE and the DAC that brings them all together is HERE. The Speakers are Audioengine Bamboo A5+ with a NuForce HDP Icon Dac. I tried the Audioengine D1 but the ICON is better, much better IMO. This sound setup ROCKS!!! I am a former audiophile who used to own a $25000 2 channel system and this little setup for $900 is about 75% there, all on my computer desk. Perfect for music, youtube, video production, etc. Best setup I have had EVER for my computer desktop.
My headphones have been with me for a year and while I have tried and tested 5-6 other higher end models, these have stuck. The Grado PS500 are a great mix of highs, mids and lows that make for a very pleasing and full but detailed sound. Nothing is lacking and they are great to wear as I work, especially at night when I do not want to disturb others in the house.