Fine Art Photography by Frederick M. Stevens
Fred's Camera Bag (Equipment List)
It's customary among many photographers to provide list of their camera gear as part of their web blog, forum profile or social media presence. I think this practice has been useful for beginners as a partial guide to photographer's thinking and creative process.
My evolution in equipment choices over the years has been guided by the type of work I do, technologic development and and the ever-present considerations of budget. The interplaV of these three factors creates a unique journey for each photographer as these factors take turns influencing the decision-making process.
My first camera was a box camera that my Mother gave me. I had started a Cub Scout project to start a hobby for one of the rank badges (I think it was either the Bear or theLion badge). Anyway, Mom's camera was the first. It used 620 roll film, had no adjustments, a peek-down viewfinder and a shutter button. A simple start to a life-long involvement in photography.
Fred and Ralph in the Back Yard - c1963 - Salinas, California
was growing, I relied upon the use of my Dad's camera gear and
darkroom. I used his Rolliflex twin-lens reflex camera, his
Graphlex 2-1/4 x 3-1/4 press-style camera for most of my photography
up through my Junior year in high school. In 1969, Dad gave me
an Agfa Sillette 35mm rangefinder camera with two lenses. The
portability of that camera (and a driver's license) started to shape
my movement towards outdoor, scenic and nature photography.
I moved from Minolta to the Nikon 35mm SLR system in 1994. I don't engage in the never-ending Nikon vs. Canon debate. For me, the Nikon systems approach, ergonomics and quality optics were the keys to my choice.
So, over the years, our Nikon system is built up/evolved to the following primary components:
D810 DSLR 36MP Full Frame Format
Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D AF
Of course, we have bags full of accessories, widgets and gizmos to meet different needs and situations.
Many of my friends and colleagues in photography ask why I don't use any of the "flagship" camera bodies such as the D4 and F5 in my work. The answer is that these fine cameras don't fit my work style and subject matter as well as what I have chosen. For the added cost of these machines, I don't get any increase in utility or value. So, I have tried to stay current with the best of the "pro-sumer" models.
We are selling the RB-67 system and our Toyo 4x5 View Camera system as we no longer do weddings and commercial studio portraiture. The high-resolution digit cameras are more than adequate for such projects.
~φ~ Fred Stevens
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