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    Camera Bodies

        Nikon D700. 12 Megapixels with a full-frame sensor. Or as Nikon calls it, FX. The cropped frame sensors are called DX. I have and still occcasionally use my D80 which is useful for when I would like some extra reach with a telephoto lens.



Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AI-s
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E AI-s
AF-S Nikkor VR 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED


    Medium Format (What the heck is Medium Format?)

Yashica 124G

        When I felt like lugging around more weight, I took my Yashica-Mat 124G. Its a TLR, or Twin Lens Reflex, which means it uses the top lens for composing the picture and the bottom lens for actually taking the picture. The Yashica is very similar to the Rolleiflex 2.8 GX but costs about $2300 less. That's one reason to get one, but, at the right f-stop its every bit as good. I no longer shoot film but some of the images on here were taken with the Yashica.



    The Rest

        My backpacking tripod is a Velbon Chaser EFL-4. Like most things it's a compromise, but for me it was the best. Lightweight, compact, reasonable height, aBubble Levelnd the legs spread nearly horizontal so it can get very close to the ground. For pictures closer to the car I use a Bogen 3221 with a Bogen 3265 quick action ball head.

I use a mix of filter brands including B+W, Hitech, Hoya, and Nikon. Most used is a circular polarizer but I also use Hitech .6 and .9 soft-edged graduated neutral density filters.

I also use a MC-20 cable release on occasion.

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