Xavier Minguella Fotografia / Photography

My stuff

The first time I took a photo was with a Kodak Instamatic (126 type film), using black & white films, I remember I was 10 years old and my father gave me that camera for a Spanish navy boat visiting. Next camera was another Kodak camera that my father bought in U.S.A. when he did a master in Boston, using 110 type film (around 1983). Then in 1986 my father was working some months in Hong Kong and I asked him about to buy there a Canon A1, finally he brung me a Canon T70 with a Soligor lens, it was a 70-210…  The next lens I bought it was a Tamron 35-70mm adaptal and the next one a 28mm 1:2.5 SP adaptal, I was working with that camera until I started studying in the Photography School of Brussels (Cours du Soir de la Ville de Bruxelles) in 1992, at the end of the course I used too the Minolta 5000 AF that my father bought at the same time of the Canon one, but finally I got my first Nikon body, a FE-2 because a friend of mine in the school told me great things about, at that time I was discovering the big second hand market and the french Chasseur d’Images magazine and its optical lens tests and other items. So, the next lens I got was a Mikro Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Ai-S, I adapt my Tamron lens to a Nikon Ai system and the next lens I got it was a 50mm 1:2 Ai. So, reading about lenses and looking for in the second hand market, the next lenses I bought were, the 35mm 1:2 Ai-S, the 24mm 1:2 Ai-S, the Nikkor 24-50mm 1:3.3-4.5 AF, the 80-200mm 1:4 Ai-S, the 85mm 1:1.8 AF-D, some Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6 AF, a FM-2 and a 300mm 1:4.5 ED (not IF) modified Ai (a top class lens), the last lens I got it was a 50mm 1:1.8 AF, and a Nikon F-301 and a Tamron 17mm 1:3.5 SP adaptal, I never got an AF body even if someone let me tray the big F4s. But I bought too in Canon FD system and I got the T-90 and its flash and an awesome 80-200mm 1:4 L lens.

When I was working in my own store in Brussels, midle 1997, I was working in Nikon but when I discovered the Eye system  AF with the Canon 5, I was decided to get a Canon EOS 50E + a 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5, I changed my Canon T90 + 80-200 L for a 85mm 1:1.2L, I bought a Tamron 20-40mm 1:2.7-3.5 SP AF lens, then the first IS lens, the 28-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 Is, then a 50mm 1:1.4, a 28mm 1:1.8 and finally a Sigma 50mm 1:2.8 EX Macro and a 24-70mm 1:2.8 EX Aspherical DG, I bougth later a Canon EOS 3 + booster PB-E2,  the ST-E2 and a 550 EX Speedlite and finally I changed some Leica items for a Canon 20-35mm 1:2.8L lens, I bought too a noisy 50-200mm 1:3.5-4.5 L lens and a 70-210mm USM 1:3.5-4.5 lens and a EOS 600 and a EOS 100 QD. In 2001 I got my first digital camera, a Canon PowerShot G1, one year later, the Olympus Camedia E-20p ( a month before the presentation of the Canon EOS 10D). Then I bought a Fujifilm GSW 690 and I was taking photos in Cuba with my Nikon FE-2 and FM-2. Yes, I was working with Canon and Nikon at the same time.

In 2006 I sold my Olympus and I bought a Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 and next year a friend let me use a Canon 350D, but I did not like the APS-C sensor so my first FF camera it was a Canon EOS 1Ds purchased in the second hand market (I was not really excited about the EOS 5D Mark II) and a Sigma 150mm 1:2.8 EX Macro DG, then I got a Canon EOS 600D and a Sigma 15-30mm EX DG and finally in 2016 I tryed a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 6 months later I broke that body in a travel to Menorca and I got a new one, that I am still using.

The last lenses I bought, at the end of 2016 I got a Sigma 120-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 Apo OS DG and in 2018, a Tamron 100-400mm 1:4.5-6.3 Di VC USD, but I am a little bit disappointed about that lens ‘cause it does not work very well with my EOS3 and I do not believe about “tap in console” or “dock” items, so, I am just thinking about to work just with Canon lenses…

I do not think I am going to buy a Sony mirorless system, too expensive and not really compact with professional lenses, and I like the way it works all Canon bodies, are so easy…

Darkroom items I got during I was working in the store:

Kaiser enlarger with Multigrade head System V, 1,5m column…



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