I love both color and B/W photography. I am an avid available light photographer. I use digital and film. 35 mm and Medium Format. I like the convenience of digital medium, but its film that captures my heart. I enjoy the compactness of 35mm format, yet its the medium format that really turns me on. However, having said this, I still love photography in any medium, as I just love to dance with light. I have used a wide range of gear in the past, ranging from compact film cameras to digital SLRs.
However, consistent with my current philosophy I use awesome digital bodies, with extra-ordinary analog lenses that I have collected for the last 15 years.
The two cameras that I lug around these days are from Sony's A7 Series - the A7r and the A7II.
The Sony A7RII
This 42mp Fullframe mirrorless camera is designed for high resolution and is my favoured companion for all of my shoots. It is an excellent choice whenever you need to capture fine detail and contrast. Most ideal applications are portraits, landscape and architecture.
The Sony A7II
A7II is the latest addition to the Sony A7 Fullframe mirrorless family. It sports 5-Axis Sensor Shift Stabilization, 40% faster Phase-detect AF, an all metal body and lens mount, a more solid grip and feel and the same 24.3mp from the original Sony A7.
Yes, there is a plethora of electronic lenses, especially configured to the digital bodies of the modern era, which supposedly deliver perfect images. But who wants perfect images. Photography is mainly an art, and not a science. Imperfections are part of the beauty. Also there is a huge collection of old lenses which were made when photographers wanted their products to last a life time. I find that the build and optical quality of lenses made in the pre-digital era to be better. At-least for my taste. Plus, being influenced by Yoga, I believe strongly in recycling and hence the preservation of the world's resources. Plus I find that these old lenses were often hand manufactured and each lens, even in the same line up deliver a unique quality that is unique to that particular lens.
For these and many other unfathomable reasons, I use only manual analog lenses on my digital bodies, using appropriate adapters. Here is the current list lenses that I use.
WIDE & SUPER WIDE ANGLE LENSES
15mm Vöigtlander Super Heliar f/4.5
18mm Leica Super Elmar M f/3.8 ASPH
19mm Leitz Canada Elmarit-R f/2.8
20mm Carl Zeiss Jena Flektagon f/2.8
21mm Rollei Rolleinar-MC f/4 QBM
25mm Carl Zeiss Jena Flektagon f/4
28mm Leica Summicron M f/2 ASPH
35mm Leica Summicron M f/2 ASPH
35mm Leitz Wetzlar Summicron M f/2
35mm Carl Zeiss Jena Flektagon f/2.4
40mm Minolta Rokkor f/2
50mm Canon TV f/0.95 (aka Dream Lens)
50mm Leica Notilux M 50mm F/0.95 ASPH
50mm Leica Summilux M f/1.4 ASPH
50mm Carl Zeiss Planar f/1.4
50mm Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
58mm Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar T* f/2
80mm Leica Summilux R f/1.4
80mm Carl Zeiss Practicar f/1.8
85mm Canon FD f/1.2
85mm Carl Zeiss Planar T* f/1.4
90mm Leica APO Summicron M f/2 ASPH
90mm Minolta Rokkor f/4
100mm Canon Rangefinder LTM f/2
100mm Carl Zeiss Makro-planar T* f/2.8
135 mm Carl Zeiss Planar T* F2 AEG
135mm Pentacon Meyer f/2.8
135mm Leitz Wetzlar Elmar M f/4
200mm Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar MC f/2.8
35-70mm Leica Vario Elmar R f/4 Macro
MEDIUM FORMAT LENSES
50mm Hasselblad Distagon T* f/4
180mm Hasselblad Sonnar T* f/4
If you would like to purchase any of these above mentioned lenses, you are welcome to do so. I believe that these wonderful creations must circulate in the hands of well suited photographers so that the magic is shared. At the same time, if you have some wonderful glass that you would like to pass along, send me a mail and I will consider it.