My Equipment

8197wCamera-thumbFor the last twenty-five years I have used a K.B. Canham DLC metal 4×5 view camera. It has proven a reliable workhorse in the field. With its unique bellows I am able to mount every lens from 55mm to a 450mm without changing the bellows or camera rails. The camera is mounted on a Sunwayfoto FB-44 ball head on Manfrotto 3021 tripod which I have modified with bicycle tape wrap for vibration damping (and more comfortable carrying in winter) and a swing out hook for the camera bag to add stability with its weight.

Lenses include Rodenstock 75, Schneider 110, Rodenstock 210, and Nikon 300 which are always in the pack. Additional lenses used for special situations are Rodenstock 55, Rodenstock 120 Macro, and Nikon 450. All lenses have step-up rings to 77mm permanently mounted so I only have to carry one set of filters.

The filters in my pack are 81B, 812, KR3, KR6, polarizer, warm polarizer, graduated ND 0.3, 0.6, and 0.9 which are 1,2, and 3 stops respectively. For more dramatic color correction I also have CC10R, CC20R, and CC20Y filters. There is also a small polarizer which fits on my light meter to accurately measure light loss which varies with the conditions.

My light meter is a Sekonic L-508 which measures both incident and reflected light with variable zoom angle. Rather than a dedicated camera pack which I find bulky and heavy, I prefer a standard day pack and use padded lens wraps to keep everything safe.

Recently added is a Canon 5DsR digital camera with Sunwayfoto L bracket; EF 16-35 IS, EF 24-70 IS, and EF 70-200 IS zoom; TS-E 24, 45, and 90 lenses. Even with digital I still carry a polarizer which cannot be replaced with any Photoshop manipulation and ND to create long exposures.