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The more you learn and become acquainted with the photography medium in particular and the art culture in general, you soon realize that the tools to transmit and achieve what is in the eye and mind of the artist, are the least important for both, the artist and the viewer.

There has always been a desire to know what was the equipment and settings ( camera, lens, filter, ISO, etc ) used by the artist to make their photos. I think it's a temptation of the mind, our desire of consumption and some insecurity on the behalf of the one that wants to know. I am not saying that the tools are not important...they are, but the percentage that they have in a great body of work is very low compared to other aspects like, what the artist want to say, what he saw, what he felt, why he stopped to photograph, how he presented the work, etc. And the viewer just needs to open is mind and heart to his inner feelings.

Quoting Sam Haskins emphasizing this idea: "A photographer went to a socialite party in New York.  As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures – they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ’That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific Stove."

Even so, for those that are interested, or at the beginning of learning this medium, including all that have some sort of curiosity, it is with all of this in mind  that I decided to describe below my equipment used to shoot most of the time, with the hope that it may help someone in the future. All these cameras do a great job for their purpose.


Hasselblad 501 CM with CFE Planar 80mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens

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Pentax 645NII with Pentax 67 45mm f/4 lens

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Pentax 67 with 75mm f/4.5 lens

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Nikon FM2 with Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens

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Nikonos V underwater camera with Nikkor 35mm f/2.5 lens

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All the above are film cameras only, but once in a while I shoot with digital cameras. I have a Nikon D300 that I barely use, a Sony RX II that I purchased in 2014 and I do like to shoot with it. Small, not a bad sensor for a compact, great for traveling and it allows me to shoot without carrying too much weight...which is really great!!! This is something that is inversely proportional with the age. More age, less weight!!



Often I shoot with different types of film. As an advice I would suggest sticking with one 100 ASA and one 400 ASA film, and gradually when you become more comfortable with them, try other films and note the differences between them.

Usually I use Fuji Acros 100, Tmax 400 and Tri X . I also have a special feeling for Ilford FP4 . For color the Fuji 400H and Kodak Portra 160 and 400. All of them great films!!! From time to time I also shoot with polaroid film.