"The camera was faithfully used."
- Minor White
My general feeling about equipment is that you use the gear that best fits your vision. For some that may mean purchasing a trunkful of lenses and gadgets. For others it may mean an oatmeal box pinhole camera. For the longest time I worked with film, only. I have not completely converted to the digital world but feel at home in both. I work in 35mm and large format 4x5, and in Black & White and color to achieve the results I need for a variety of work. Why is so much photo equipment black?
Nikon D700 with small array of lenses (24-70 f2.8 is my prime!), Polarizing Filter, Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter, cable release.
I shoot RAW and then process in Lightroom 3. I fine tune in Photoshop CS5 on a Mac (of course!) and employ an incoming and outgoing Sharpening Plug-In from Pixel Genius. Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro2 is employed for all current Black and White images. A 23" Mac Display, Epson 3800 Printer, and a small array of fine art papers from Epson, Moab Paper and Hahnemuhle round out my equipment. Larger prints are made off-site and scans from 4x5 film are made by PhotoCraft Lab in Boulder.
4x5 Camera Equipment
Toyo Field View 45A Camera (a real workhorse), 90mm Caltar Lens, 210mm Caltar Lens, Lee 3ND and 6ND Graduated Neutral Density Filters, 81A Warming Filter, Polarizing Filter, these Tiffen glass filters for B&W - #11 (green), #12 (yellow), #15 (orange) and #23A (red), and a Wratten #58 (dark green) Kodak Filter (100mm x 100mm) for B&W (used extensively with sandstone to separate tones and any light salt stains on the rock)
My preferred color films are Fuji's Velvia 100 and Provia 100 for daylight color work and Fuji T64 for studio work. My color film is processed by Photocraft Lab in Boulder.
I use a small array of films for B&W including Ilford FP4+ and Kodak's Tri-X, Tmax 100, Tmax 400 and Tech Pan. I hand process all B&W film using Kodak HC110 for most sheet film and D-76 for most roll film. I use Ansel Adams' Zone System as a basis for film exposure and processing.
Manfrotto O55MF3 Magfiber Tripod with Manfrotto 488RC4 head (holds the 4x5 just fine and saves my back!)