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!?).

 

Rollei 35 LED

Ever since I first saw a Rollei 35 I wanted one. They’re some of the smallest 35mm cameras you can buy and they’re very cute – if a little eccentrically designed. Unfortunately Rollei 35s are often rather expensive as they’re popular with collectors, but every now and then you can spot a bargain, especially with the ‘less cool’ later models. I managed to find a Rollei 35 LED with a non-functioning meter for £20 for example. The electronics in these things are pretty flakey, but thankfully everything other than the meter is mechanical.

The 35 LED has a 40mm f3.5 Triotar lens that manually retracts back into the body when not in use, making the camera extremely pocketable. As one of its many curious design choices, the aperture is step-less and can be set to any position between f3.5 and f22. You get quite a generously sized viewfinder (it’s miles better than the GR1s), but there’s no means of focusing so you’re left guessing distances or shooting using hyperfocal distances at f8 or f16. The shutter runs from 1/30 sec up to 1/500 and works at that speed at all aperture settings (hurrah).

The image quality from this camera blows me away – with a fine grained film you can digitise a negative to 24 megapixels and not feel like you’re being limited by the lens and just resolving more grain than actual image detail. This is in stark contrast to the Ricoh GR1s which struggled to resolve more than 10-12 megapixels regardless of film.

Rollei 35 SE

The 35 LED hooked me on the Rollei 35 form factor. It’s quirky and weird but it’s so small and takes such great images it’s hard not to love. After looking around for a while I managed to find a good price for an SE model. The SE was the top model until Rollei started producing the ‘Classic’ series in various colours and finishes, which they still made until fairly recently. Like the Classic and model S before it, it features an excellent Zeiss designed 40mm f2.8 Sonnar lens.

Rollei 35 SE with Kodak Ektar film

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.

Lenses

Fuji X Mount

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

M42 Screw Mount

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

  • Asahi Pentax 35mm f3.5 SMC Takumar
  • 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
  • Zenza Bronica Zenzanon PS 150mm f4

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 coloured filters (for black and white photography)
  • 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
  • Ricoh GR1s
  • 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
  • Fuji GS645 wide60