Photography & camping gear
During the year I often receive the question what gear I use, or recommend. So here's a list of almost everything I use frequently for photography and camping.
last updated: 07 Jul 2021
Fujifilm X-T1 camera
I bought this camera in 2014 and it served me well over the years. Excellent colors and a great look straight out of the camera. A great performer and I haven’t had the need to upgrade. The only two downsides are the slow auto-focus, but I use manual focus for landscapes so it’s not a real issue and the battery life. That’s why I bought three additional batteries.
Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 wide-angle lens
Optically one of the best lenses in the Fujifilm line-up, relatively small (compared to my previous kit) and weighs much less as well. It replaces the 17-40mm I had on my Canon system. No wonder it’s my favorite lens on the Fujifilm system for landscape photography.
Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 lens
My mistake lens. I use it quite often for portraits of family but the 35mm on the crop sensor more or less matches a nifty fifty on a full frame system. For my kind of photography, the XF 23mm f/2 would’ve been a better match, equivalent of a 35mm lens on full frame. So I might update this lens in the future.
Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens
This is the “kit” lens, you know, the kind of lens pro photographers skip in a bundled offering. You know what? They’re right. Usually it’s of inferior quality but not this one! It’s an amazing lens for its tiny size. It punches well above its class and it’s so light it should be part of everyone’s Fujifilm XF collection.
Out of use
Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 lens
An amazing lens for shooting portraits (90mm on full frame) with lovely bokeh shot wide open but since my photography shifted from people and wedding photography to landscapes, this lens got out of use. Too bad, because the image quality is superb but I don’t have a use for it anymore.
Sirui T2204XL tripod with Sirui head
I used to own a heavy aluminium tripod from Manfrotto. It was big, it was super heavy and you’d feel it after a long day of shooting photographs. My wife surprised me with a much lighter Sirui tripod combination made out of carbon and I haven’t used the Manfrotto since then. This thing is super light yet manages to feel stable enough to shoot in windy conditions.
Minolta Auto Meter IV F light meter
A lightweight and compact light meter with memory, averaging and monitoring functions. Measures both flash and ambient light. I also have the optional 5 degrees spot meter, which is quite large to do critical landscape metering, as an additional aid. Used when I shoot analog.
LEE 100mm filter system
I use a range of Lee 100mm GND filters together with a polarising filter and the old LEE filter holder. I much prefer to use filters than to do this in post-processing.
Canon FTb QL (analog)
This camera was inherited from my wife’s grandfather. It’s an analog camera and the only electronics are for the built-in light meter. Everything else is all manual and I love it. I use it with a Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 lens. I had to replace the light seals but it’s still in great shape after all these years.
Yashica Mat-124G (analog)
The Yashica Mat-124G is a camera I bought primarily for its looks and heritage. However I couldn’t get used to the parallax between the taking and shooting lens and in the end didn’t use it as often as I would loved to. That’s why I decided to sell it, instead of having it collect dust on a shelve.
I might someday buy my grail camera, looking at you Hasselblad 500CM or the equivalent Mamiya RB67 Pro S because I really liked the 120mm format negatives compared to 35mm.
Intrepid 4x5 large format camera (analog)
A great camera system, in conjunction with a Copal 0 shutter and Fujinon-W 150mm f/5.6 lens. I love(d) the 4x5 negative format but just like my Yashica, I didn’t use it frequently enough to keep it, so it was sold.
Processing and printing
Adobe CC Photography plan
Capture One produces better RAW conversions and colors but I’m such a long time user of the Adobe Photography Plan (Photoshop and Lightroom) that I decided to use Iridient X-Transformer instead, in unison with Lightroom as a catalog manager.
Fujifilm uses an X-Trans sensor layout which Lightroom still struggles with to decode, resulting in often paintery artifacts. Iridient X-Transformer is a much better RAW processor, which converts the RAW files to DNG.
Negative Lab Pro
High quality negative conversions within Lightroom. I don’t use this plugin often, as I shoot less and less film but it’s the best tool to convert your negatives.
Canon Pro-100s printer
To print my work, I use the Canon Pro-100s. It produces quality prints up to a size of A3+. In the future I might upgrade to the Pro 1000 which can print up to A2 format, which also uses Lucia (pigment) inks instead of dye inks.
Out of use
Durst M305 Color enlarger
I use this color enlarger as a black and white enlarger most of the time. I don’t have a dedicated darkroom space, so I convert my office to a makeshift darkroom. Needless to say, I don’t do many analog prints these days.