My Gear

In case you are interested in my gear (as opposed to my images) here is the obligatory list:

Camera and Lenses

  • Canon 40D (hardly the latest, but still makes great images – never use it now)
  • Canon Digital Rebel 300D (I converted this to infrared and it is fun to use)
  • Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (a great “walk-around” lens, sharp and not expensive)
  • Canon 50 f1.8 (one of the sharpest and least expensive lenses you will ever use)
  • Canon 100 f2.8 Macro (fantastic lens for close-up and macro photography)
  • Canon 28-135 IS (an ancient lens but still works for me is certain situations)
  • Canon 70-200L f4 IS (great image quality, one of Canon’s best pro L lenses)
  • Canon 300L f4 IS (my go-to lens for birds and butterflies – a great L lens)
  • Canon 1.4 extender (specifically designed for “L” lenses so it works well)
  • Canon G12 (a fun but serious compact camera that takes fine images)
  • Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II (super camera for travel and general purpose; very light, small and easy to use – wonderful image stabilization system to go with wonderful images) – my go to camera for everything digital. Who knows what the future might bring …
  • Olympus 12-40 f4.0 PRO lens (outstanding equivalent to 24mm-80mm)
  • Olympus 17 f1.8 lens (very small and lightweight equivalent to 34mm)
  • Olympus 40-150 lens (unbelievably small and light for a telephoto lens equivalent to 80mm-300mm)
  • Olympus 60mm macro (fab lens for both portraits and macro)

Accessories

  • Canon 430EXII Speedlight (lightweight and useful for fill light situations)
  • Canon MC-1 flash cord (for off camera flash)
  • Hoodman Loupe (this used to be essential but with those great electronic view finders this little darling has seen its days)
  • OpTech camera strap (comfortable)
  • Wacom Intuos 4 Medium tablet (the best tablet out there)
  • Feisol Carbon Fiber tripod (lightweight and great for nature)
  • Benro Carbon Fiber travel tripod (very lightweight, small and fits neatly in a suitcase)
  • Induro monopod (great for the road)
  • Amvona ball-head (a heavy sucker but it works well)
  • Canon remote trigger (for shake-free images)

Computer Hardware

  • iMac 27″ (retina screen, fabulous desktop computer)
  • Apple wireless keyboard (fabulously convenient)
  • iPod Touch (the third gen – ancient but I still love it for music and podcasts)
  • iPad 2 (what can I say – another great iDevice that has seen better days – my wife won’t let me use her latest and greatest iPad)
  • iPhone 8 (always with me)
  • Western Digital MyBook hard drives (4 drives, 2 terabytes each), Segate hard drive for Mac Time Machine (external hard drives for backup) and a couple of others.
  • Lenovo Thinkpad (heavy as a (b1g) rock but I only used it for my college teaching – now that I am retired it too, is retired)
  • Apple Watch Series 5 (my absolute favorite piece of technology)

Software

  • Adobe CC for Photographers (Photoshop and Lightroom)
  • Topaz Suite (especially Topaz Adjust)
  • On1 Software Suite free-standing and plug-in for LR
  • Nik free-standing and plug-in suite (indispensable plugins for LR and PS)
  • Corel Painter and Painter Express (fab for creative work)

Printing

  • Canon Pixma Pro9000 13×19 printer  (a terrific color printer for wide prints but I rarely use this monster – printing online is the way to go)
  • Fine art and photo papers from Red River and Canon (love the papers from RR) – but see above.