The A7RII and the A7II. Before digital I used Minolta and the Olympus OM2s 35mm film cameras. In digital I've used small-sensor super-zooms, compacts, micro four thirds, NEX and other E-Mount, APS-C cameras. Full-frame Sony E-Mount is where I've (happily) ended up.Native Lenses
Sony/Zeiss 35mm, f/2.8 Small, light, and sharp.
Zeiss 50mm, f/2.0 (Loxia) Manual focus and manual aperture. I reviewed this lens in March 2015.
Sony/Zeiss 55mm, f/1.8 Reasonably fast, it's super-sharp (corner-to-corner, wide open) and the autofocus gets the job done.
Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 An underrated kit lens. Fine for 24mp.
Sony G 70-200mm, f/4.0 Small and light, but f/4.0. Very sharp across the range and weather-sealed.Adapted Lenses
Voigtlander 15mm, f/4.5 III I use it with the Metabones M to E adaptor. I talked about the lens on the blog in April 2015. For when distortion is a benefit.
Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. This is not a simple, reverse-engineered adaptor. The MC-11 makes selected Canon-Mount Sigma lenses work like native E-Mounts. This is because Sigma designed those lenses to accept the same firmware commands from the MC-11 that they would have put into those lenses as native E-Mounts. So, when there's a new lens, there's an MC-11 firmware update. (While great for still photography, Sigma admits that the MC-11 isn't strong for video work.)
All three Canon-Mount Sigmas, below, use the MC-11:
Sigma 24mm, f/1.4 Art Wide, fast, big and heavy. It's the f/1.4 that makes this a winner. It's the fastest, autofocus 24mm.
Sigma 85mm, f/1.4 Art A fast, very sharp, really big and heavy, Sigma "Art." This lens is at the very top of the 85mm pile. On the Sony A7RII this is a portrait monster.
Sigma 135mm, f/1.8 Art Another fast, incredibly sharp, big and heavy, Sigma "Art." Combined with A7 series autofocus accuracy and 5-axis stabilisation this is another portrait giant.Memory (SDXC cards)
Lexar SDXC Cards High-quality memory cards are a no-brainer. I've never used any other cards and I've never lost a shot.Batteries
Wasabi Batteries Affordable from Blue Nook in the US. For speedlights and LEDs I use rechargeable, eneloop pro AAs.Bags
The Domke F-2 Big enough (just) for a body and the 15, 24, 55, 85, 135, and 70-200mm lenses. At just over 7.5 kilos (16.5 pounds) loaded, it's "comfortable" to carry, but I try not to carry it far: House to car, car to location.
For walking around, the smaller Domke F-5XB (in black). The strap (with woven-in rubber) stays on my shoulder.Camera Straps
Peak Design Straps particularly the "Cuff," and the "Slide." I wrote about these in November 2015.Lighting
Rotolight Neos (LEDs), and an RL48B (LED). They're light, bright, portable, and can be surprisingly soft; and
Cactus RF60 speedlights, with a V6 IIs trigger. The V6 IIs provides High Speed Sync on Sony, following a firmware update on the RF60s. These work with a softbox, a shoot-through umbrella, or Rogue Flashbenders; and
Big and small 5-in-1 reflectors, and a (2 -stop) Lastolite diffuser.Exposure Meter
The Sekonic L-308S Simple and inexpensive.Tripod
Benro's A-0691 Aluminium with the B00 Ball Head Fine, but discontinued.Software and Apps
Lightroom, Photoshop, Silver Efex Pro 2 (and the rest of the Nik Suite, now from Google).Music
Triple Scoop Music is my source for music.Monitor Calibration
x-rite i1 Display Pro Works on my non-Apple monitor.Computer
The MAC Pro (OS10 Sierra).Printer
Epson's Stylus Pro 3880 I'll run it 'til it dies.Printer Profiles
ImageScience.com.au My source for custom ICC colour profiles.Support
Sony's Australian PRO Support program.Papers
I've settled on three Canson, 310gsm, cut-sheet papers:
- Canson Platine Fibre Rag: Great blacks and a neutral white. A cotton, optical-brightener-free, acid-free, resin-coated paper that's also robust (as fine-art papers go).
- Canson Rag Photographique: This my matte paper replacement for Epson's Hot Press Natural that's became irregularly available here in Australia. This Canson is cotton based, acid-free, very smooth (for a matte paper), optical-brightener free, and not as warm as the Epson.
- Canson Baryta Photographique: An alpha-cellulose, acid-free, pure-white paper with a barium sulphate (Baryta) coating. It's extremely smooth and has a very wide colour gamut.