Toyo A II 4X5
Got tired of the assembly / disasembly routine necessary when using my Toyo CX view camera as packable field camera. The A II unfolds quickly and packs away as a sturdy bullet proof box. Click here to see a short review of the Toyo AII
I owned Nikon Equipment from 1974 through 1987. Nikon's mechanical cameras and lenses were tops in that era.
Canon Elan II
My re-entry into 35mm Photography started with this camera in 1996. The Elan II had mirror lockup, which was not available on any of Nikon's midrange bodies.
Canon EOS 1n
Got tired of trying to time the Elan II's 3 second self timer/mirror lock up with flowers in a breeze. Plus, I wanted TTL spot meter.
Toyo CX 4X5
My first large format camera. It can do anything you need in the way of movements and for a very reasonable price.
Click here to see a short review of the Toyo CX
Canon EOS 1v
Don't ask, I just had to have it. Being a computer geek of sorts, the ability to download exposure and lens data to my PC pushed me over the side.
Toyo VX125 4X5
A very nice (and expensive) combo field and view camera. I bought this camera without trying it out first. After using it for a year I found that I did not like the "do it all camera" approach to large format photography. As a combo unit it did everything but excelled at neither field or studio use. I prefer having a view camera with a 450mm rail and bellows and a compact folding field camera. Click here to see a short review of the Toyo VX
Canon 10D DSLR
I've been a proponent of using film cameras and desktop film scanners up until I had an opportunity to use this camera and take some comparison images. This camera has changed my thinking. I won't be photographing with film cameras exclusively anymore. Output from this camera is frequently as good as or better than my 4000 dpi film scans from Provia F ISO 100 film. Color renditions are very accurate and dynamic range is excellent. The 10D's 7/8 inch imaging sensor at 3072 pixels would be the equivalent of a 3400 dpi film scan. Since there is no film gain and digital noise is almost non-existent in this camera's output, images resized up to 5500X3600 pixels are beautiful and make stunning 12X18 prints. See my Digital SLR vs. Film
article along with 6 pages of comparison images
Canon 1Ds MK II DSLR
With 16.7 megapixels this camera is capable of absolutely incredible image quality. Printing fine art quality prints up to 20X30 from a 35mm size camera is at last a reality. The 1Ds Mark II also has extremely low noise even at ISO 400. The 1Ds Mark II can shoot up to four frames per second in RAW mode up to eleven continuous shots. The 1Ds Mark II is an extremely versatile camera capable of handling a wide variety of photographic situations. Just HAD to have it':^)