I have always been a gearhead, albeit in the welterweight class*, it seems. Grew up with the usual assortment of cameras, fuzzy black & white prints and (now) amusing photo scrapbooks. One of the coolest early cameras was a Polaroid Model 150, given to me by my grandmother (who I met only once). Like many hobbyist photographers, I’ve moved from the less expensive entry level gear, through the middle and now am at the so-called high-end. This migration is rooted in an appreciation of well-made equipment and the need to know that if my images are crap technically, it is not due to the camera or lens, it is that pesky operator. Being at the higher-end has allowed dispensing with gear-envy, freeing up attention for taking pictures.
I purchase most of my photo equipment from either Glazers Camera, in Seattle or B&H Photo in New York City. I prefer to buy camera bodies locally to support my local camera stores and in case there are issues requiring a return, repair, or replacement (hasn’t happened yet).
Bodies: Leica Q2 & Q2 Monochrom, Fujifilm GFX 50S & 100, Canon 1Dx Mk II
Canon Lenses: EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II, TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II, TS-E 45mm f/2.8, EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II, EF 50mm f1.2, EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 L, EF 180mm f/3.5 L Macro, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 & 24mm f1/4, assorted Lensbabies
Other: Canon 430EX-RT, 550EX, 600EX-RT Speedlights, Formatt-HiTech ND Grad & ND filters
Support: Really Right Stuff L-brackets, ballheads, pano rails; Gitzo tripods, monopod, Swiss-Arca C1 Cube (recommended)
Gadgets: X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (recommended)
Computers: Apple Mac Pro (2019), Apple MacBook Pro (late 2016), iPad Pro; LaCie and Western Digital portable drives
Printers/scanners: Epson P5000 printer (with ColorByte ImagePrint RIP), Epson V700 flatbed scanner, Nikon CoolScan 5000 ED film scanner, Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M document scanner
Software: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Tony Kuyper luminosity mask tools