Notes on the equipment:

I use Nikon bodies and lenses.

Presently, I have one foot in each camp - the film and the digital camps. All of the images were originally captured on 35mm film. Some of the earlier images were scanned into Photoshop Elements from the print, but now all of the images are scanned from the original negatives. They are then corrected (cropped, levels adjusted, aligned, hue and saturations tweaked, and sometimes unwanted "clutter" erased). I use either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements on a Mac G4 using an Epson scanner with negative scanning capability.

My camera bodies were a Nikon FE2 and a Nikon FA, both manual focus film cameras and both "very experienced." They were mounted on MD-12 motor drives. Due to the recent generosity of a friend who has recently switched to digital, I had also acquired a Nikon F3 (with MD-4) and a Nikon FM2 (with MD-12). A lot of the logo shots are photographs of those old former cameras. The little shiny bump on the front of the motor drive (MD-12) is an MR-3 - a handy release button that also accepts cable releases. The FE2, FA, and FM2 have all been snatched up by other owners (as of March, 2008).

Starting with my first F3, I've been "spoiled" and picked up another F3(HP). I am now shooting with F3 bodies, all with MD-4 drives, and one using an MF-18 multi-function back. (The MF-18 will print the date, sequential numbers, or the time just outside the picture frame, so you can have your photo data without messing up your beautiful shot.) Two of the F3s have HP (DW-3) finders to them, the other has an original DW-2. I do have to admit - while I'm lugging around a little more weight (the MD-4 is a little heavier and bulkier than an MD-12, and the F3 is slightly heavier than the FA/FE series), the F3/MD-4 combination is one that just can't be beat.

All of the lenses used are AI or AIS manual focus Nikkor lenses. The lenses I use most for photographing churches and organs are:

  • Zoom-Nikkor 25-50mm f/4
  • Nikkor 20mm f/3.5
  • Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 Full-Frame Fisheye
  • Nikkor Zoom 35-200mm f/3.5-4.5

The fisheye images (where seemingly straight lines at the edge of the photograph are curved) are taken using the Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens.

The wide angle images (those with little or no rectilinear distortion) were taken with either the Nikkor Zoom 25-50mm f/4, Nikkor Zoom 35-200mm f/3.5-4.5, or a Nikkor 20mm f/3.5.

For any photos that use flash, I presently lug around a SunPak 622 Pro system with interchangeable heads and dedicated Nikon modules.

Speaking of lugging, most of the time I bring my tripod of choice, (the one piece of equipment that contributes the most to a sharp photo); I use a Bogen 3021 with a 3047 pan head with quick-release mounts. When I don't have my tripod with me, I rely on my trusty bean-bag to steady my camera. It's moldable, doesn't scratch church furniture, and functions as one more piece of padding in the bottom of my camera bag when it's not being used. I find the bright orange pumpkin bean-bag works the best!

The oldest images (those from CA) were taken with my first 35mm camera, a Minolta SRT-201. I moved to a Nikon system when that first camera was stolen. Goodness knows, that Minolta is probably still running strong today, whoever has it!

To view an early attempt at photomontage, here is a shot of my photo equipment at one point.

For those morbidly curious enough to go clicking thoughout my site, a recent change (precipitated by a few days of bed rest) has been the inclusion of several different logos at the top of the index pages. If you haven't already found out, clicking on the logo will bring you back to the home page. If one navigates through the site, one will find the Photography by Stein logos with the following cameras: FA, FM2, FE2, F3HP (with various lenses), F3 (with MF-18 and various lenses), an old but still-working Busch Pressman, and, just for kicks, a little (takes 110 film) LeMini (which I pack in my bag as a gag "back-up" camera!).

If you have any further questions or comments about my equipment, drop me a line....

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