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 50mm 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 (January 2020) I am still happy to work with the EOS 1 Ds Mk II but, I got a Fujifilm X-H1 + Fringer Adapter Pro II to use my EF lenses and I am really happy about this evil camera, the next lens for Fujifilm will be a Sigma EF 18-35mm f:1.8 Art, just because in the XF system I am not really convinced to get an 18mm f:2 + 35mm f:1.4 + 18-55mm f:2.8-4 IOS, maybe the next step it will be a Fujinon 56mm f:1.2, I am thinking about that is the correct decission just because the Sigma Art lens is an awesome lens, with a better IQ than the prime ones, the AF accurancy it is better in Sigma and the filter size is perfect for my PL and ND filters (72mm).

My actual gear

Digital bodies: Canon EOS 1Ds Mk II, Fujifilm X-H1, 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:  Sigma 8-16mm DC, Canon 20-35mm L, Canon 28mm f:1.8, Canon 50mm f:1.4, Canon 85mm L f:1.2, Tamron 100-400mm VC.

Nikonos lenses: 35mm & 15mm.

My future gear

Digital bodies: Fujifilm GFX-100 it could be a great camera choice, better than a Canon EOS R Mk II, I love the way it works the X-H1, the sensor quality, the quite shutter release…

Lenses: Tamron 10-24mm f:3.5-4.5 VC (a better option to the Fujinon 10-24), Tamron 70-210mm f:4 (maybe I could decide for a Tamron 70-200mm f:2.8 VC G2), Tamron 90mm f:2.8 Macro SP VC. Sigma 18-35mm f:1.8 Art and Fujinon 56mm f:1.2, most probably my first choice.

Analogic bodies: Fujica 690 GW or Mamiya 7 II. In the past I got a Fujica 690 GSW.

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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