On photographic equipment

Photographic equipment is fascinating, but...

OK, Iwith my technical background of course I´m interested in the technology, but I hate the hysteria that some times occur on the internet where every question is answered with a recommendation for something new to buy, and where it seems impossible to do anything with something more than 6 months old. Knowledge is underestimated. If you know what you are doing you don´t need all that stuff. Photography is visual communication, not equipment.

I´ve used Pentax from the beginning, simply because my father had a couple of lenses. Now I´ve got lots of lenses myself, from old stuff from the 70´s, a couple of legendary ones from the 80´s (like A*85mm f/1.4 and A*135mm f/1.8) to completely new ones, so there´s no reason to change.

Both for fun and for the qualities a larger medium provides I also use medium format black and white film, and an old Bronica SQ-A with PS 40mm 4.0, PS80mm 2.8 and most of all the lovely PS 180mm 4.5 for portraits. Some of the pictures are found in the The kitchen gallery. In addition to scanning the best pictures are made on fiber base selenium toned Ilford paper.

When I really want to enjoy the slow process and concentration I used a Razzle camera, an old Polaroid 110B rebuilt by Dean Jones in Australia to be a 4x5 large format range finder camera, and the pictures are of course shown in the Razzle section. One day I´ll get a large format enlarger and a 8x10 camera, but then we need a new house.