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the stuff we use -

  • digital
    • Nikon D300 - stunning - fast, greater colour, low noise, straightforward to use
    • Nikon D80 - excellent full-featured semi-pro digital camera body
    • Nikon D40 - super light, super cheap and fantastically good pics
    • Nikkor AF- S 70-300mm ED f4.5-5.6 VR - an amazing vibration reduction lens that gives about four stops extra performance - great for low-light work. Crisp and sparkling - a real pleasure to use.
    • Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f3.5-4.5 VR - amazing value - pretty damn sharp and 3 stops extra from the VR
    • Sigma 12-24mm DG EX f4.5-5.6 - one of the widest rectilinear zooms around - huge fun to use - Tone's favourite lens
    • Sigma 55-200mm DC f4.0-5.6 - compact and sharp
    • Sigma 50mm DG EX f2.8 macro - helps us get up-close and personal
    • Nikkor AF-GII 18-55mm ED f3.5-5.6 - great little lightweight lens that came with the D40
    • Nikkor AF - G 28-80 f3.3-5.6 - came with the F65
      quoted focal lengths should be multiplied by 1.5 to find the equivalent for a 35mm film camera
      - e.g. - mounted on a Nikon D70/D80 the 18-70mm lens has an equivalent focal length of approx 27-105mm
    • Nikon SB800 speedlight - highly sophisticated and capable of very subtle lighting effects - for example
    • Centon MR20 macro ring-flash - works well with the Sigma macro lens
    • Centon manual flash / optical flash triggers
    • Camlink tripod / Jessops Monopod / Joby Gorillapod
    • Epson P-3000 photo viewer - great for uploading and checking images as you go, without having to lug a laptop - very high performance LCD display and a 40Gb hard disk


    • Nikon Coolpix P2 - a nice compact with loads of manual control
    • Canon Powershot 720IS - bought when our IXUS seemed irreparably damaged - in the end the IXUS was repaired, so now we have both cameras. The Powershot is very capable with lots of zoom, ISO1600 max sensitivity and image stabilisation.
  • film
    • Kodak Retinette IIB

    • Nikon F65

    • Olympus OM10 + a 28mm and a 70-210mm zoom

image management & manipulation -

  • Adobe Photoshop LightRoom 2.0 - a brilliant (new-ish) approach to digital image management, processing and workflow
  • Photoshop Elements 6 - we only use the editor - although very rarely now
  • Photoshop 7 - when we (extremely rarely) need to do something more sophisticated than Lightroom or Elements can manage.

We make relatively few changes to our pictures - both Pen and Tone are committed to composing the picture in the viewfinder. We try not to crop pictures too much.

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