Cool Tools

Last updated: April 19, 2016.

Someone once said “A good man is known by his tools!” Here are mine – the tools that I most enjoy using and that I feel are worthy to recommend to my friends.

My Cameras

  • Fujifilm X100T – Purchased in January 2017 as a replacement to my Fujifilm X100T. Several important improvements over the “nearly perfect” X100T make this an ideal street photography camera.
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2 – Purchased in March 2016 to as a potential replacement for my Fujifilm X-T1. Ideal for street photography using either the 35mm f/2 or the 56mm f/1.2 lenses.
  • Fujifilm X70 – Purchased in March 2016 to use as a second camera for street photography – typically paired with my Fujifilm X100T (see below). The 28mm equivalent lens is wider that the 35mm equivalent of the X100T – and the combination of the lack of a look through viewfinder along with the touch/focus/shoot touchscreen offers a different approach to shooting on the street. The screen on the X70 is also adjustable – making it handy for shooting in situations where the screen might not be easily viewed.
  • Fujifilm X100T – Purchased in November 2014 as an upgrade to my X100S. The perfect street photography camera – 35mm equivalent field of view, discreet, beautiful, silent, with superb image quality. It doesn’t get much better than that! I’m also using the Fujifilm TLC-X100 Tele Conversion Lens which provides a 50 mm equivalent frame of view to the X100T. See my post about techniques for street photography while shooting with the Fujifilm X100T!
  • iPhone 7 Plus – Purchased in November 2016 as an upgrade to my iPhone 6s. The camera that’s always with me – and which takes amazing shots! Portrait mode in the 7 Plus is superb for taking portraits with beautiful bokeh in the background.
  • Fujifilm X-T1 – Purchased in March 2014, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a step up from the X-E2 (see below). Using the same sensor and providing almost the same optical performance, the X-T1 has a different – and better – feel than the X-E2. It’s got a larger front grip which makes the camera easier to hold – and the new, larger electronic viewfinder on the X-T1 is a thing of beauty. And, or course, the beautiful industrial design of Fuji makes the X-T1 such a cool looking camera. I’m loving having switched from Canon/Nikon DSLRs to the Fuji’s – smaller, more affordable cameras – and lenses – with great optical performance. What’s not to like?
  • Fujifilm X-E2 – Purchased in November 2013, the Fujifilm X-E2 is a great complement to the X100S. It offers removable lenses while using the same APS-C X sensor and menu system as the X100S. It also has similar external mechanical controls for shutter speed and aperture. See my images shot with the Fujifilm X-E2!
  • Fujinon Lenses – Both the X-T1 and the X-E2 are interchangeable lens cameras.  Fuji makes beautiful “glass” – and I’m proud to own several of their lenses including the 18-55mm “kit” lens, the 55-200mm telephoto zoom, the 14mm f/2.8 prime, the 23mm f/1.4 prime, and the 35mm f/2.0 prime.  My favorite for street candid photography is the 18-135mm zoom which has superb wide angle as well as long zoom performance in daylight settings.
  • Canon PowerShot S100 – this camera goes with me almost everywhere (it’s tucked in my backpack). I’ve also owned and highly recommend the earlier versions in this series: Canon PowerShot S90 and Canon PowerShot S95.

Historical Gear

Over the years, I’ve owned some great cameras and lenses. Here’s my collection of gear that I’ve owned – and loved – that is no longer in my active collection of gear. The comments are from the time they were active in my collection.

Note: I only include items here that I actually use and are worthy of my recommendation – there is no sponsorship involved. I do participate in a number of affiliate programs that compensate me if you find an item and decide to purchase it because of one of my links. You won’t pay any more – it’s just the affiliate’s way of saying thank you to me for a referral. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”