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
Yes, yes, yes I know. I sold my 1st M 240 in favor of the Monochrom. Well, I always said I would own it again, just never thought it would be this quick. A reader emailed me asking me if I wanted his M 240 he ordered. He was going to refuse delivery as he changed his mind but I told him I would take it since at this time, there is a year wait for one. Sure, I could have left it sealed and sold it for a $2000 profit but I decided to once again make the 240 Mine. 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. Product image above taken with the Samsung NX300 as an OOC JPEG.
Though I do miss that Monochrom. :)
What can I say? This is the best Micro 4/3 camera ever made, end of story. It has it all. Speed, build, lenses, usability and IQ. While it does NOT match the full frame offerings for IQ, it does everything so well it is my most used camera! The 5-Axis IS is astounding.
Nikon Df – Silver
I am the proud owner of my 1st DSLR since the Nikon D700. It is the only DSLR that I will own because it is smaller, easy to use and hold, light and I can use any of the old Nikon lenses with it. Expensive but it houses the “king of the night” Nikon D4 sensor which makes this an astounding camera for day or night time use. Flash? Who needs a flash when you have usable ISO 25,600 :0 This with a 50 1.2 is all I need here.
The Sony RX1/RX1R
(Upgrading to the RX1R end of July 2013)
This little guy is amazing. It usually goes with me everywhere. The combination of small size, Zeiss f/2 lens, full frame sensor and outstanding low light IQ makes this a treat for anyone who loves cameras and photography and technology. This camera has given me some of my most beautiful memories and while expensive at $2799, it is cheap compared to a Leica M setup with lenses and will even focus closer.
While not an “M” it is a great camera that gives outstanding quality for everyday shots or pro use. If you do not mind a 35mm fixed lens and want the best quality you can get from a 35mm full frame camera with 35mm lens, this is it. It equals the Leica M for all out quality. I love my RX1 setup and have the EVF along with the Gariz case. This is one expensive “system” but for me, well worth it. It is a G.A.S. ender in this genre of camera :)
Lenses for my Leica:
The Leica 50 Summilux ASPH
The legend is real. It is the best 50mm lens in the world. The Leica 50 Summilux. An all rounder that excels at everything. Wide open, stopped down and the size is small. There are other great 50′s out there but none match the Summilux ASPH for price vs performance. Expensive, but worth it if you want a lifetime lens.
ONA Bags Leather Brixton
My Holy Grail bag for quality, style and function. 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 Brixton Leather is one hell of a bag my friends. Quality leather that feels, smells and looks of premium quality. The bag holds my Leica M, 2-3 lenses, my Apple Macbook, charger, batteries, and even a 2nd mirrorless camera if needed. For travel this is my bag. For tooling around town I also own and use the ONA Bowery bag, which at $119 is an amazing bag.
The Leather Brixton does not come cheap but I prefer it to my $600 Fogg bag and it was $200 cheaper.
If the Leather is not your thing you can also buy this bag in Canvas, in a variety of colors. 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.
For travel I have found nothing better than Bose QC 15′s for flying. These go with me on my travels. Superb noise cancelation and best travel headphone ever. I am not a huge Bose fan, but they do make a few things very well, this is their best for its intended purpose.