The Tools

When working a job the first part of any workflow is picking the right gear. Thankfully, I have an extensive working collection of new and vintage cameras that I can use in any job I'm hired for not to mention shooting for my own enjoyment. While this only represents a cross-section of my collection, these are the workhorses that come out on the job.

While the cameras listed below are my primary tools when photographing jobs I also have various early 20th-Century Kodak Cameras, SLRs, Rangefinders, and Toy Cameras.


Nikon F5 My primary system in my photographic toolkit is the Nikon Autofocus system. I started with a Nikon F80 then adding a Nikon D70s and Nikon D300. Then a Nikon F4 and F90 came into the mix before getting my grail camera, the Nikon F5. While I did use a mirrorless system for a couple of years, I did not rid myself of my lens kit, which was a smart move. Today my kit includes three cameras, the two primary bodies are a Nikon D750 and the F5 with an F65 as a backup/knock about body.
  • AF Nikkor 14mm 1:2.8D
  • AF Nikkor 24mm 1:2.8
  • AF Nikkor 28mm 1:2.8
  • AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D
  • AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D
  • AF Nikkor 85mm 1:1.8D
  • AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D
  • AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1:2.8D
  • AF Nikkor 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5D
  • AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G
  • AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G
  • Tamron 100-300mm 1:5-6.3

Nikon|Manual Focus

Nikon FA My second Nikon kit is focused around the manual focus system. My first introduction to manual focus Nikon bodies was an F3, that quickly spiralled out of control into an FM, FM2n, F2 Photomic, the original F, the FA, FG, Nikkormat FT3, and even an EL. Today I have three cameras in this kit, the FE, FE2, and a Nikkormat FT2. I use these when space is an issue and I want a little more physical connection to my images.
  • AI Nikkor 24mm 1:2.8
  • AI Nikkor 28mm 1:3.5
  • AI-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8
  • PC-Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8
  • AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4
  • Lomography Daguerreotype Acromat 64mm f/2.9
  • AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5
  • AI Nikkor 135mm 1:2.8
  • AI-S Nikkor 200mm 1:4

Minolta|Maxxum 9

Nikon F5 When I first started in photography I used Minolta gear with a mind to purchase an autofocus kit. Well I ended up going to Nikon after Konica-Minolta sold their camera line to Sony. It wasn't until several years later I finally started to get into the Minolta Alpha system. It started with a Maxxum 5000, then a 7000. While the 7000 was a solid kit, it died in a puff of smoke, so I went big. That is the Minolta Maxxum 9, a professional camera from the late 1990s. It is my goto 35mm when on a professional job where I'm only shooting film. I have a Maxxum 70 as a backup camera.
  • Minolta Maxxum AF 24mm 1:2.8
  • Minolta Maxxum AF 28mm 1:2.8
  • Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm 1:1.7
  • Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm 1:1.4
  • Minolta Maxxum AF 100mm 1:2.8 MACRO
  • Minolta Maxxum 28-135mm 1:4-4.5
  • Minolta Maxxum AF 35-70mm 1:4 MACRO
  • Konica-Minolta Zoom AF 17-35mm 1:2.8-4 D
  • Konica-Minolta Zoom AF 24-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 D
  • Konica-Minolta Zoom AF 28-100mm 1:3.5-4.5 D


Mamiya m645 This may sound weird, but I think I like my m645 better than my Pentax 645. The Mamiya m645 quickly became my go-to medium format camera for project and travels due to the compact sized. Arriving due to a stroke of luck from a fomer wedding photographer spotting my Crown Graphic in a coffee shop. And while it took some times to build up the lens kit, especally the final lens, thankfully the prices on these cameras and the optics are still resonable and it certainly fits my style specifically for field work.
  • Mamyia-Sekor C 35mm 1:3.5 N
  • Mamyia-Sekor C 45mm 1:2.8 N
  • Mamyia-Sekor C 1:2.8 f=80mm
  • Mamyia-Sekor C 150mm 1:3.5 N

Franke & Heidecke|Rollieflex 2.8F

Rolleiflex 2.8F When it comes to cameras, my steadfast Rolleiflex is the oldest camera that has remained in my collection. Having picked it up only a couple years into my journey with film and after figuring out how to use the camera. It has become a fast favourite and while I don't take it out that often it will always deliever amazing quality image and is always a conversation starter on the streets.

Graflex|Crown Graphic

Crown Graphic When it came to large format I never thought I would use the size. But then again never say never. But the Crown Graphic fits into my style, with the ablity to shoot both on a tripod like a traditional LF camera or handheld like the Press Photographers of old. The Crown never gives me a bad result, providing I'm on my a-game that day. While I don't often use this in a professional setting, I use it when out capturing landscapes, buildings, and historical projects.
  • Fuji Fujinon-W 1:5.6/125
  • Fuji Fujinon-W S 1:5.6/150
  • Fuji Fujinon-W S 1:5.6/180
  • Kodak Ektar f/7.7 203mm
  • Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 1:5.6/210