My Gear

This is the equipment I currently use to take my photos. I tend to try lots of things and eBay what doesn’t work for me, so it can change quite frequently.

Fuji X-Pro 2

As my third interchangeable lens Fuji body, the X-Pro 2 is clearly the high watermark in terms of build, features and image quality. I do miss the articulating screen from my X-T10, but it’s hard to argue with the extra 8 megapixels, tank like construction and overall performance gain. It’s also great to be using a rangefinder style body again – I’m not a fan of having to press my nose into the back of the camera to look through the viewfinder. One thing that may take a little getting used to, is how big and relatively heavy the X-Pro 2 is in comparison to the lighter bodies I’ve used before. It’s not DSLR big and heavy, but it is noticeable all the same.

I use the Fuji leather half-case with my X-Pro to add a little protection to the bottom of the camera and give a little more bulk to the handgrip. Annoyingly you can’t access the memory cards while the case is on, but having dual cards set to sequential storage somewhat alleviates the risk of needing to take the case off while in the field. Unlike on the X-T10 case there’s no tripod mount. One of these days I’ll spend the extra and get a Gariz case instead. I use the LensMate thumb grip from my X100T on the X-Pro and it fits great but does make changing the ISO dial a little more fiddly.

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Fuji X-T1

Recently I’ve found myself in need of secondary Fuji body again so I decided to look around and found a good deal on a used X-T1. When you mostly shoot primes like I do, having a second body can be very useful for events or working in conditions where lens swaps aren’t ideal. Another useful feature of the X-T1 I’ve made use of in digitising negatives is its ability to tether with Lightroom to remotely fire the shutter and immediately download the result. This feature is only available to X-T1 and X-T2 users at the moment (why Fuji!?).

Ricoh GR1s

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this camera. I hate the viewfinder, it’s tiny and fiddly to use. I hate that half the time I can’t read the shutter speed because the LCD is slowly dying inside the viewfinder (a common problem) and I hate that the shutter speed is limited to 1/250 until you hit f16! On the other hand I love that its pocket sized and only 200g. I love the focal length (28mm) and the lens is very capable for its size. It’s the perfect camera for when I really want a film option with me but don’t want to lug my bigger medium formats out. You can see my first experiments with this camera here.

Bronica SQ-Ai

Since falling in love with medium format film I’ve been itching to try some of the bigger formats and 6×6 seemed like the next logical step up from 645. This is a really wonderful camera; it’s well designed, handles really nicely (for a big heavy cube) and has some nice upgrades over the ETRSi. I bought the SQ-Ai with the excellent 80mm f2.8 and have also acquired the 50mm f3.5. The optical quality of the PS lenses seems far higher than anything I’ve shot with on the ETRS bodies.

Fuji GS645 wide60 Professional

A more travel size medium format camera that shoots in 645 format, not that much bigger than my X-Pro 2. Unlike the Bronica it’s a rangefinder rather than a through-the-lens SLR. It has a fixed 60mm f4 lens (equivalent to 35mm). It also has “Professional” emblazoned across the front in green so what’s not to like? The lens is impressively sharp, although f4 is rather pedestrian and the minimum focus distance of 1m means bokeh is more nokeh. The rangefinder is dim and barely usable but at least it’s easy to get good results by just slamming focus to infinity or using zone focus and small apertures.

This camera is currently broken with winder issues and I’m weighing up whether I want to pay to have it fixed.

Lenses

Fuji X Mount

  • Fujinon 90mm f2 R WR
  • Fujinon 60mm f2.4 R macro – my review
  • Fujinon 35mm f2 R WR – my review
  • Fujinon 23mm f2 R WR
  • Fujinon 14mm f2.8 R – my review

M42 Screw Mount

I use these with a generic m42 to Fuji X mount adapter.

  • Asahi Pentax 50mm f1.4 SMC Takumar
  • Asahi Pentax 135mm f3.5 SMC Takumar

Zenza Bronica (SQ)

These are for my medium format Bronica SQ-Ai.

  • Zenza Bronica Zenzanon PS 50mm f3.5
  • Zenza Bronica Zenzanon PS 80mm f2.8

Other Gear

Gear Bags

  • Domke F-5XA camera bag – mini review
  • Crumpler Cupcake 7500 camera bag
  • LowerPro backpack

Camera Protection & Handling

  • Lensmate Thumbrest for X100T (now used on the X-Pro 2) – mini review
  • Lensmate Thumbrest for the X-T1
  • Fuji leather half-case for the X-Pro 2
  • Gordy’s leather strap for the X-Pro 2
  • Joby UltraFit Sling Strap (for the X-T1)
  • X-T1 larger eyecup (these should be an option on all Fuji cameras!)
  • Generic Arca-Swiss compatible L brackets for the X-T1 and X-Pro 2.

Tripods

  • Vanguard Veo 204AB Travel Tripod
  • Velbon Ultra Maxi M tripod
  • Manfrotto PIXI Mini tripod

Light & Colour Control

  • Yongnuo YN560-II speedlite
  • Pair of EF-X8 flashes (the X-T1/2 bundled flash, works on X-Pro 2 as well).
  • Various sized ND filters
  • Various sized polarising filters
  • Grey cards
  • Reflector (silver/gold/white).
  • Datacolor Spyder 4 Express
  • Neeweer studio lights and soft boxes

Film Processing

  • Jobo CPE2 plus rotary film processor
  • Jobo 1520 tanks (x2)
  • Stainless steel 120 tanks and spirals (unknown brand)

Software

  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Iridient Developer
  • Nik Collection (Silver Efex, Color Efex etc.)
  • Fuji Tethering Plugin for Lightroom
  • Final Cut Pro X

Retired gear

This is gear I’ve used for images on the site or written about, that I’ve decided to part with.

  • Fuji X100
  • Fuji X100T – my review | accessories review
  • Fuji X-E1
  • Fuji X-T10
  • Bronica ETRSi w/ 75mm f2.8 EII
  • Bronica 50mm f2.8 MC
  • Bronica 150mm f3.5 MC
  • 8mm f2.8 Samyang Fisheye – my review
  • Fujinon 18mm f2 – my review
  • Fujinon 27mm f2.8 – my review
  • Fujinon 18-55 f2.8-4 zoom
  • Fujinon 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 zoom
  • Fujinon 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R – my review
  • Zhongyi Lens Turbo