As a photographer the equipment that I use is important to me. That said, most ‘good’ photographic equipment is now very good indeed and in the right hands is capable of superb results. Underwater I use Canon cameras and lenses (and have used both Fuji and Nikon in the past) in Seacam Silver housings – which I personally believe to be by far the best housings currently available as they have the prime assets of being both tough and reliable – essential for underwater use – as well as having excellent ergonomics that suit me well. Above water I use Leica rangefinder cameras for their low weight, easy portability, absolutely superb optics and, perhaps most importantly of all, because I actually enjoy using Leica rangefinders, and consequently take better photographs with them! I have 35 years of experience of using Leica rangefinders and find that the limited focal lengths of lenses available for these rangefinders suits my way of working and is an asset.
My earlier material was shot on slide film – Kodachrome and Fuji Velvia – and a variety of equipment – Nikons, Leicas, Hasseblads and Contaxes. Much has been digitised and still stands up well today especially when the files are correctly adjusted using modern image handling software.
I will add some information on what I use and how it works for me as time progresses, but I am not into esoteric, one up-manship with gear. We have never had it so good – equipment is better today than ever before, and most is capable of extraordinary quality results. The real challenge is using it to its full potential.
You will also find some details and observations on some ‘classic’ lenses which were the ‘best’ available when new, and which are still perfectly usable.