Behind my Arca-Swiss RL3d Technical 4x5 camera, along with Rodenstock 180mm Apo-Sironar F/5.6 lens. The camera is mounted to a Gitzo GT3542XLS Systematic 4 Section tripod and an Arca-Swiss C1 Cube tripod head.

Behind my Arca-Swiss RL3d Technical 4x5 camera, along with Rodenstock 180mm Apo-Sironar F/5.6 lens. The camera is mounted to a Gitzo GT3542XLS Systematic 4 Section tripod and an Arca-Swiss C1 Cube tripod head.

 

I created this page primarily to answer an ultimate question, which any photographer regardless of their skills and talent gets every once in a while, myself included – "So, what camera do you use?".

Even though I don't believe that being an artist has anything to do with particular equipment, nor that the success and appreciation of an artist depend on any particular camera, I decided to create this page and focus mainly on reasons behind my choice of such equipment.

Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is very demanding to a high image quality, level of details and color. Seeing a landscape photo on a monitor or iPhone screen on Instagram is nice, but seeing a printed photo 1ft wide or more is incomparably more impressive, especially if printed on a museum quality paper.

Why large and medium formats?

It's awfully expensive, slow and hard to use. Nevertheless, I choose to work with this type of equipment on purpose.  I just like the slow pace of using this type of camera.  I think it also reflects a little bit about my style of photography. I like to think I'm pretty observant of the natural world around me and I like to spend time slowly making my way to the image I imagine and the composition I like. I am constantly trying to perfect my style and expression in photography to convey my own experience, emotions and artistic view of the moment. Sometimes it can take hours if I am very lucky; sometimes it can take days or even years (yes, some of my photos took years to capture).

The rich colors and details allow me to express my vision, while the technical movements of a large format camera allow for incredible focus and perspective control unlike any other format.

As a result of using this camera in the process the images are rich in detail and color, and can hardly be matched by anything else that exists on the market today. When printed, it feels like one is standing in front of the actual scene in some ways.

Working with my Arca-Swiss RL3d Technical 4x5 camera in the field under the focusing dark cloth.

Large Format Cameras, Lenses and Accessories

Arca Swiss RL3d Large Format Technical Camera

Phase One IQ180 80MP Digital Back

Rodenstock 40mm f/4 HR Digaron-W Lens (equivalent to approx. 18mm in standard format)

Rodenstock 70mm f/5.6 HR Digaron-W Lens (equivalent to approx. 35mm in standard format)

Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar-S Lens (equivalent to approx. 80mm in standard format) 

Gitzo Series 3 Systematic 4 Section X Long Tripod

Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head

Arca Swiss RL3d Large Format Technical 4x5 camera with mounted Phase One IQ180 80MP medium format digital back, along with Rodenstock 40mm f/4 HR Digaron-W Lens. The camera is mounted to a Gitzo GT3542XLS Systematic 4 Section tripod and an Arca-Swiss C1 Cube tripod head.

Lightweight Travel Equipment

This equipment is mostly used for typical travel photography and video to capture some of the "behind the scenes" moments.

Sony Alpha a7II (with adapters)

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens (manual focus prime lens)

Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens (manual focus prime lens)

Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens