My Equipment

When I started doing photography back in the late 1980’s when I was about 13, I started out with an Olympus AF1-Twin. Then I upgraded to my first SLR, an Olympus OM10, when I was about 14. I used it for many years as my main and only camera, until 2004 when I bought a Nikon F60. I still own the Olympus OM10 in fact and it still works! In 2005 I exchanged the F60 for a Nikon F80 and used that until 2007.

In 2007 I bought a Nikon D70s. Using it and a 60mm Nikon Macro lens I was published for the first time by the World Wildlife Fund in 2010 with this – a butterfly photo that was in the World Wildlife Fund 2010 calendar.

Holy Blue Butterfly

In 2011, I bought a Nikon F5 – perhaps the best 35mm film camera in the world. I bought another the same year. By now I owned a 20mm wide prime, 50mm f1.8 standard prime, 60mm Macro prime, and an 80-200mm telephoto. That was annoyingly all stolen later in 2011 leaving me with just one F5 and no lenses!

In 2012 I sold most of what equipment I had left and migrated to medium format, buying my lifelong dream camera and the camera that was made famous by the moon landings; a Hasselblad 501CM. I now have several Carl Zeiss lenses: Carl Zeiss 80mm Plannar, 120mm Macro and 150mm lenses that I use for the majority of my photography.

Ironically, I also acquired two further Olympus cameras in 2018 – another OM10 and an OM20 with some further lenses. As time goes by I increasingly find myself using the vintage equipment more; it’s like I’ve gone back in time! Such equipment is just built better (metal instead of plastic etc). It works really well and more modern benefits like auto-focus can be a help but they can be a hinderence to creative work. For carefully considered photography, I think the combination of Hasselblad and Nikon F5 is the best rig in the world.

In all my time as a photographer, I’ve never really fell for the apparent advances of technology and instead stuck to what I know and love. My Hasselblad has no electronics so no batteries are needed. That means a much lesser risk of failure on-site, especially in extreme weather! It never fails me and I’ve taken it to some extreme places where it’s -18 degrees and snowing and 37 degrees in baking heat. It always just works except for the occasional jam now and again. The Nikon F5 has never, ever, missed a beat. And my Olympus kit always just works as well as long as I make sure it has stable batteries.

Nikon F5 Camera
Hasselblad 501Cm with 80mm lens