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Friday, 11 October 2013


I would photograph the north shore of Lake Superior and the lands, lakes and streams to its north, and the peoples and stories.

I would use the same camera I already have, a Chamonix 45N-2, but with a lens I do not (yet) own, the Fuji 240A f9. Although I am not well travelled compared to most who read and comment here, I am content that Superior is the best place I could choose.

Easy. Hasselblad H5D-60 and 35-90mm lens.

Most definitely would jump at the chance, the camera would have to be a technical field camera, most likely 4x5 with perhaps a 90mm lens.

I don't currently own said camera, although I do have a Busch Pressman 4x5 with 135mm Wollensak Raptar, that I use and love dearly.

It's a bit strange that most of the comments concentrate on gear and travel and almost none of them mention projects.

I'd have to decide between a few projects I've mulled over. Possibly something on the ferries that run between the various Japanese islands and the people who work on them, or perhaps the influences of the newest immigrants that are flooding Amman, Jordan (if I could take the arid atmosphere for as long as a year...I'm used to humidity). The camera isn't important, something full frame with a 35-40mm lens would do fine, I'd think, but I'd use whatever I had access to.

Sony RX-1R with the lovely but expensive Zeiss OVF. I have the RX-1 without the R.

Now that I've had time to let this hypothetical question settle in a little, (it kinda rattled me at first), I'd be perfectly content with an updated version of what I already have, which is either the Lumix GF1, or the GH2, and the 14-42 kit zoom.

Picking 2015 as a target year, I'd like to take a motor home, (equipped with my computers and printers and able to connect to the internet), to every major airshow in the USA and Canada. I'd plan to visit every iconic USA spot on my bucket list in between, or in-transit, as well as art museums. In the off season (both the early months, and the late months), in the spring I'd base in Paris for a few weeks, and in the fall, it'd be Venice, for La Biennale.

My assistant? My wife, of course. We review each other's work all of the time. We're used to it.

I accept. Like 5% of your respondents (so far), I'll choose the Canon 5DIII (which I already own), but with my Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 instead of the Canon version. I'd also make sure the 5D was running Magic Lantern. Why? I can add in-camera time lapses, raw video and focus peaking to the mix.

My project? A multimedia documentary of the life and times of the Australian coast.

I'd take an 8x10 Ebony and a nice 12-inch Dagor. Man, do I miss contact printing

Comments like this are quite common. My thought is, if you miss it so much, why not do it?

Yes, I would. I'd choose a Fuji X100S. I have an X100, but not an X100S.

Of course I would accept!

Although I'm tempted by the romance of the small camera/prime lens option (Leica M 240 with 50mm Summicron AA), I don't think I could make all the images I would like to in a year with a single focal length.

So I would take a Nikon D800E with the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 as a compromise between portability (more portable than MF), versatility (decent wide angle to portrait length) and image quality.

I don't own either at present.

I would like to do a project on Education. Photograph teachers and students/pupils around the world, to document the different ways and means we employ to educate the young. Camera Fuji ex1 because the camera is light an unobtrusive, lens fujinon 18-55 2.8-4, because a standard zoom is the most versatile.

Unless you REALLY love your current job, I see no reason for not accepting that offer...

Nikon d300s + sigma 18-35 f/1.8 - nice AF, relatively small and light, tough, zoom as fast as a prime from wide to normal, nice IQ and even the capability of grabbing some video, should it be needed

Currently own d300 and 35 f/1.8 (just missing an "s" and [18-35[ )

Pentax K-3 & FA43 Limited. I think I would tour all the Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and take a few shots in each. Should take a year or so.

One camera and one lens says "simplicity" to me, so I'm not going to try to get around that with a zoom. Olympus OM-D E-M5 (M1 if it's available by then) and 17mm f/1.8 lens. Since travel is provided, I'll take advantage of it. I'd like to finish the year with a strongly themed set of images, so I'll select a group of cities, and photograph daily life. I want to spend at least a month, and possibly more in each city - I don't want to be rushed. Cities on the list include Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Tokyo, New York, Mumbai, and possibly others. Scheduling would be variable - I'd want to stay in a place until not exactly tired of it, but until I think I've got enough, and am ready to move on. Why this camera and lens? First, I own them already, and like them. The 17mm focal length (34mm equivalent) fits my way of seeing for this subject, and it's fast enough that I can work in relatively poor light. The camera and lens are light, unobtrusive, and yield excellent image quality.

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