Xavier Minguella Fotografia / Photography

Las Chicas Imperial

The past March 10, 2019 I discovered a cabaret burlesque show in Barcelona, it was an opportunity to me to show my view of LGBTI world, just because I felt very well there and the show was produced for a professional actor and dancer (Sebastian Yannucci Urrutia, Chile).

So I started a reportage about that show and I am going to continue doing things around them to make probably an exhibition.

During many years I was trying to do something about, but it was difficult to find an access to do it at my way, I think that right now it is the moment to do it, let’s see whats is going to happen.

My gear

My first cameras in analogic era were the Canon T70, then I moved to Nikon, getting several FE-2/FM-2 bodies and many lenses of the Ai and AF in the F system. Later I got a F801.

My favorite lenses were, the 24mm 1:2 Ai-S, 35mm 1:2 Ai-S, 50mm 1:1.8 Ai, 55mm 1:2.8 Ai-S and, the 80-200mm 1:4 Ai-S, during a year I got the 300mm 1:4.5 ED (non IF) Ai modified, other zoom lenses in the AF series were the 24-50mm 1:3,3-4.5 AF and the 85mm 1:1.8 AF-D.

During the time I was working on Nikon I got a Canon t-90 and the excellent FD 80-200mm 1:4L and the FD 28mm 1:2.8, finally I exchanged all that for a second hand EF 85mm 1:1.2L.

In 1997 I bought the EOS 50E but, one year later I went for an EOS 3 + PB-E2. My first EF lenses were the Tamron 20-40mm 1:2.7-3.5 and the 28-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS, then I purchased a 50-200mm 1:3.5-4.5 L (second hand), a 28mm 1:1.8, a 50mm 1:1.4 and the 20-35mm 1:2.8L (s.h.). Later I bought a Sigma 70mm 1:2.8 EX Macro and the 24-70mm 1:2.8 EX Asph. DG. And I recieved a Rolleiflex T. Some months before I bought a Fujica GSW 690 that I used in Cuba (with my Nikon system). Yes during some years I was working on Nikon and Canon gear. Later I got an EOS 600 (too noisy) and an EOS 100 QD (perfect for silent shots).

In 2001 I bought my first digital camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 and the next year I got the Olympus Camedia E-20P + grip + wide converter.

Because I did not like the APS-C Canon system, my next camera, in 2006 was the Sony CyberShot DSC-R1 (I still work with it) and in 2008 I bought the EOS 1Ds (s.h.) and later an EOS 600D as a second body. Then I bough a Sigma 150mm 1:2.8 EX Macro DG (I was thinking about three lenses to choose, the 150, the 70-200mm 1:2.8 EX Macro DG or the 120-400mm OS) and a 15-30mm 1:3.5-4.5 EX Asph. DG.

 In 2014 I bought my first action camera, a Ricoh WG-M1 (I love that camera for street photography or underwater) and,  in 2016 I bought an EOS 1Ds Mk II twice (I broke the first one accidentally) and a Nikonos V + 35mm 1:2.5 and a 15mm 1:2.8 and then I bought a Sigma 120-400 1:4.5-5.6 Apo OS DG that I sold to get a Tamron 100-400mm 1:4.5-6.3 Di VC USD . 

Right now (april 2019) I am still happy to work with the EOS 1 Ds Mk II but, I got an EOS 80D and I am really happy, at present I am not thinking about to get an evil camera but, the next step is to get a Sigma 18-35mm 1:1.8 Art, even if I am happy with my old Canon 20-35mm 1:2.8L, the AF it does not work in my 80D at 20mm (even with micro-adjustments), in assisted manual focus, yes, but the real truth is, first I love the focales going to 28mm to 56mm, second, the sharpness quality of that lens and, third, the f:1.8 aperture.

I bought a 14mm 1:2.8L (mk I) and I sold my Sigma 15-30mm.

Mirorless cameras

I like the Fujifilm X system, I am not going to sell my Canon gear because I still work on analogic (I want to make some darkroom sessions with my Kaiser System V) , but the size and weight are perfect. A good idea it could be to get an XT-3 or XT-30 and a XF18mm f:2 R and a XF35mm 1:1.4R and a XF60mm 1:2.4R Macro, at the same time I am still thinking about to get a Fujica GW690 to make some portrait serial (90mm f:3.5).

The Fujifilm XT-30 + 18mm + 35mm + 60mm it is so compact and light…

My actual gear

Digital bodies: Canon EOS 1Ds Mk II, Canon EOS 80D, Sony DSC-R1 and a Ricoh WG-M1.

Analogic bodies: Canon EOS 3 (HS), Canon EOS 100, Nikonos V and Rolleiflex T.

Canon EF lenses: Canon 14mm L, Canon 20-35mm L, Canon 28mm, Canon 50mm, Canon 85mm L, Tamron 100-400mm.

Nikonos lenses: 35mm & 15mm.

My future gear

Digital bodies: Canon EOS R (or Pro model body) or Fujifilm XT-3 (or similar).

Analogic bodies: Fujica 690 GW or Mamiya 7 II.

Why I still work on analogue?

Just because I have an expensive mint condition darkroom gear and I do not want to sell it.

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