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 20th Century Cameras.

  • Agfa Click II
  • Agfa Clack
  • Agfa Isoly Jr.
  • Graflex Century 35 (Kowa Kallo 35)
  • Holga 120N
  • Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 521
  • Zeiss Ikon Super-Ikonta 531/2
  • Voitlander Bessa
  • Kodak Hawk-Eye No. 2 Model C
  • Kodak Pony 135 Model C


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. And while I went through several years where I shot a mirrorless digital camera, but I always maintained some form of autofocus Nikon SLR. With a Nikon F5 and F90, but have not added a Nikon D750 to complement my F5 and allow for a sharing of lenses for quick switches without too much juggling.
  • AF Nikkor 24mm 1:2.8
  • AF Nikkor 28mm 1:2.8
  • AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D
  • AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D
  • AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D
  • 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 AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3

Nikon|Manual Focus

Nikon FA My two manual focus Nikon cameras are direct relations to each other, the Nikon FE2 being the primary choice for my manual focus Nikon camera with the FE being a backup. I also have a third choice, the student centred FM10. These offer up an excellent choice when I need power in a small package. The FE2 is second-to-none with a bright viewfinder, fast shutter and rock solid quality and optics. I have an MD-12 motor drive when speed is an issue.
  • AI Nikkor 24mm 1:2.8
  • AI Nikkor 28mm 1:3.5
  • AI-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8
  • AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4
  • AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5
  • AI Nikkor 135mm 1:2.8
  • AI-S Nikkor 200mm 1:4

Minolta|Maxxum 9

Nikon F5 Like the F5, the Maxxum 9 is a solid professional SLR from the later years of Minolta, a new camera in my toolkit the Maxxum 9 is my primary camera for travel featuring a removable grip for smaller profile and several short lens options including the 35-70, 50, and 28mm lenses. Just because I use it more for personal work shouldn't let you fear when I turn up at a professional job sporting this camera, infact it can be used as a secondary camera on film-only assignments as a second shooter or even primary paired with the F5.
  • 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 Macro 100mm 1:2.8
  • Konica Minolta AF Zoom 17-35mm 1:2.8-4
  • Minolta AF Zoom 35-70mm 1:4
  • Minolta AF Zoom 28-135mm 1:4-4.5
  • Minolta AF Zoom 70-210mm 1:4


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