Xavier Minguella Fotografia / Photography

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 (december 2018) I am still happy to work with the EOS 1 Ds Mk II but, I am thinking about to get an EOS 80D, or a mirrorless camera or, both.


Mirorless cameras


I like the Fujifilm X system, I am not going to sell my Canon gear because I still work on analogic, but the size and weight are perfect. Maybe I am going to buy a XT-3 + 10-24mm 1:4 + 35mm 1:1.4 + 50-140mm 1:2.8, but the Sony Alpha 7 Mk III is quite interesting or, the EOS R.


My actual gear


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

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

Canon EF lenses: Sigma 15-30mm, Canon 20-35mm, Canon 28mm, Canon 50mm, Canon 85mm, Tamron 100-400mm.

Nikonos lenses: 35mm & 15mm.


My future gear


Digital bodies: Canon EOS R or, Sony Alpha 7 Mk III or Fujifilm XT-3.

Analogic bodies: Fujica 690 GW or Mamiya 7 II.


Why I still work on analogic?


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




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