TMP Gear

The gear I use, if its of any interest is as follows...

Sony RX10iii. This is a new addition and now my main camera and with its 24mm to 600mm f/4 Carl Zeiss T* lens (35mm equiv.) it is incredibly versatile. The RX10iii simply outperforms all of my "old" professional cameras. The lens is really sharp and incredible, although it does drop a little at the long end. When stopped down it is really very good. If you want better then expect to pay a good deal more money.

Panasonic TZ100. A powerhouse of a photographic tool that fits in your pocket. Amazing image quality for the size of the camera and with a lens that covers the range of 25mm to 250mm (35mm equiv.). Like the Sony RX10M3 it also outperforms my old professional DSLRs. 

Leica M8. Leica's first digital rangefinder, the M8 is just wonderful to hold and use. Used in conjunction with 28mm, 50mm and 90mm this is really all I need. Although a pleasure to use my main bugbear is dust on the sensor and I seem to be forever cleaning it. But the output of that Kodak sensors from the Leica glass has an ineffable "feel".

Leica M2. Of all the cameras I have ever used and that is an embarrassing amount, the Leica M2 is the very best. The Leica M2 is a 35mm purely mechanical rangefinder camera. Like the Rolleiflex there are no electronics, no computer, no auto-focus, no multi matrix meter thingy. Beautifully built and feels good in the hand, its just begs to be used. The texture of the vulcanite and the hand milled metal knobs make the Leica M2 very tactile. My lens is the collapsable Leica 5cm Elmar, it only has four lens elements but is surprisingly sharp. A little soft at f/2.8 but stopped down a little it is as sharp as anything made today.

Lenses Leica 5cm Summicron f/2 Leica 5cm Elmar f/2.8. Leica 9cm Elmar f/4

Rolleiflex 2.8C Another German camera with a heritage almost equal to that of Leica, the twin lens Rolleiflex is a pure mechanical camera. No plastics of note, no electronics and no meter. Pure control. The film advance is smooth as silk, however, the finder is no that bright. But the Rolleiflex 2.8C with its awesome 80mm Carl Zeiss Planar lens is photographic joy, the results are superb from those large 6x6 negatives.

Lens 80mm f/2.8 five element Carl Zeiss Planar.

Canon MC. MC meaning Micro Compact. I came across this little beauty a few years ago when an on-line retailer was just happening to sell one. Complete with flash, presentation case, full documentation, instructions and original purchase receipt. An impulse buy at £40. It looks like an ugly Olympus XA, has auto-focus, takes AAA batteries and has a motorised film advanced that sounds like a coffee grinder on heat. But, the 35mm f/2.8 lens is excellent.

Software, hardware do you care. I like to keep things simple, for digital processing it is the excellent Capture One Pro 10 which is used almost exclusively and when I need to make more advanced edits then it's Serif's Affinity Photo.

Film Stock, Developers and Scanners. For medium format monochrome film it is Ilford HP5+, for 35mm monochrome it is usually Kodak Tmax 100 and Ilford Delta 100, for colour it is the excellent Kodak Portra 400. My preferred monochrome chemistry is Kodak HC-110, Rodinal and FX-39. Colour chemisty is Tetenal Colortec C-41. Film is processed in a Jobo rotary. The negatives are scanned on an Epson v700 using a Mac.