Minolta Dynax / Maxximum 5 Body
I love this camera. It is small, lightweight like a compact, but with
most advanced function of any professional reflex. Reliable, robust and
very flexible, suits well for every situation. Regardless of the mode
used, from full-auto to full-manual and thanks to its user-friendly interface,
the photographer can always concentrate on the final scene to impress
on the film, without getting lost between buttons and knobs. With this
camera, I usually use slides only (Kodak Ektachrome E100VS).
Tamron 24-135 SP Lens
At any focal lenght, it produces a nitid and uniform image, with
no distorsions or shadows even at the outermost corners of the picture.
Very suitable for landscapes, where the focal lenght of 24mm lets to emphatize
the vastity of the environment, it can also be used for wildlife when,
at 135mm, the distance and the size of the subject is within acceptable
An excellent digital camera, with a 5 megapixel sensor and a super
bright f 1.8 lens, 35-105mm. Works in totally automatic mode (point and
shot) as well as in manual (*every* camera's function can controlled by
the photographer, like any professional reflex). I use it mainly to take
panoramic pictures (because it is easier and cheaper, if compared to traditional
film) and in any difficult condition where it is important to preview
a picture immediately after a shot. Thanks to its very bright lens, it
is easy to take pictures in interiors without using a flash (useful in
museums, where flashes are often not permitted).
Kodak Professional E100VS
Professional slides with vivid saturation, ideal for landscapes and wildlife.
I'm very satisfied with this film. It captured the colors exactly as I
remember them, with an excellent contrast and a fine grain. It produced
red rocks and blue sky without using filters and helped me to capture
vivid colors even on overcast days. The speed of 100 ASA is low enough
to guarantee an almost grain-free picture, but still sufficient to aviod
the use of a tripod for regular shots in normal daylight conditions. Excellent
results also on the whites, where, for example on Uyuni salt flats, it
produced a very bright salt, exactly as it is impressed in my mind.
A cheap product without anything special. I've chosen it just for its size,
as it fits well in my backpack and I can carry it everywhere. I usually
use it for pictures at night and for any low light conditions, like at sunset.
|| Minolta Scan Dual III Film
An excellent scanner, produces a quality similar to professional
units but at a very low price. Because of the low speed, it isn't suitable
for scanning dozens of slides daily, but for any other use it is absolutely
fine. You can read a full review of this unit on my Minolta page here.