Xavier Minguella Fotografia / Photography

My gear

I am working on Canon cameras since 1997, my first EOS was a 50E, the following was an EOS 3 (+ Power Booster PB-E2), later, in the second hand market I got a EOS 600 and a EOS 100 QD.

In the digital era my first digital camera was a Canon PowerShot G1, after 1 year working with this interesting bridge camera I bought the Olympus Camedia E-20 P (I don’t want to know nothing about Olympus forever).

My Canon lenses; the first one, the 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 USM, the second one, a 50-200mm 1:3.5-4.5 L purchased in the second hand market, I replaced it for a 70-210mm 1:3.5-4.5 USM because it was too noisy, then I got a Tamron 20-40mm 1:2.7-3.5 but it was too noisy too and I went to find new sensations with the 28-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 USM IS, it was a great lens, the single thing I did not like it was that it was too confortable to use. Then I purchased a 50mm 1:1.4 USM and a 28mm 1:1.8 USM, I exchanged a Canon T90 + the excellent 80-200mm 1:4L for a 85mm 1.2L and finally I exchanged old Leica stuff for a 20-35mm 1:2.8L, the best wide angle zoom lens ever made, yes it’s true, I love that lens, a great professional lens with a performing hyperfocal system integrated, if it were possible Canon may produce a second version for digital cameras or mirror less, it is impressive the optical quality and mechanical, a silent AF (not USM), metal body, not really heavy and a front filter 72mm size.

A friend of mine tried to sell me a Canon 80-200mm 1:2.8L lens, in that time I was thinking about it was heavy, but during the time I saw it was not so heavy as espected and maybe I am going to purchase it in the second hand market.

At the end of the 90’s I got a Sigma 50mm 1:2.8 EX Macro (non DG), the AF never worked fine but manually it was fantastic, then, in the beginning of 2000 I purchased a Sigma 24-70mm 1:2.8 EX Asph. DG, in 2009 I bought my first FF, it was a EOS 1Ds + a Sigma 150mm 1:2.8 EX Apo Macro DG (not OS version), just because I did not like the AF system of the EOS 5D Mk II, then a Canon EOS 600D and a Sigma 15-30mm 1:3.5-4.5 Ex Asph. IF DG and  in the beginning of 2016 I got an EOS 1Ds Mk IIand some months later I got a Sigma 120-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 Apo Os DG in the second hand market.

In the past 3 years I sold my Canon EOS 1Ds, my Canon EOS 600D, my Sigma  50mm, the 24-70mm too and the 150mm.

My favorite lenses (my actual stuff)

- Canon 20-35mm 2.8L

- Canon 85mm 1.2L

-Canon 28mm 1.8

-Canon 50mm 1.4

-Sigma 15-30mm 3.5-4.5 EX

-120-400mm 4.5-5.6 OS

My favorite bodies

- Canon EOS 1Ds Mk II

Future lenses

Digital technology is changing every day and you need more optical quality, I am not going to sell my stuff because I am still working in analog so, not necessary.

In the past months I got a Tamron 100-400mm 1:4.5-6.3 VC USD, it was a really nice lens, not heavy at all and producing a very good optical quality but it was not so polyvalent as I spect and the Sigma 120-400 OS is better in that way, even if optically it fails at 400mm, but is a good lens if you know it as a race car and, it is 1.750 gr heavy, so, perfect if you want to purchase a Canon 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L -Is II (1.640 gr).

I am thinking about a 16-35mm 1:4L-Is but at the same time The Sigma 12-24mm 1:4 Art or the 14-24mm 1:2.8 Art are quite interesting (these lenses are like the old Sigma 15-30mm, with an extraordinary low distortion at 15). Trans-standard lens as the 24-105mm 1:4L- IS II are really interesting. The Canon 24mm 1:1.4 L II too (maybe Sigma one too) and a 85mm 1:1.4L-IS too, even if Sigma did a great job in the same prime lens. Talking about a 50mm, I like the Sigma one and the Canon 50mm 1:1.2L but, both are too heavy and I am wating for a Canon 50mm 1:1.4 IS.

Future bodies

Actually people are talking about Sony ML bodies as the A7 collection, I like the A7 R III but, the touch screen it is not really well built and the body I am not so sure if it is as resistant as the price of the product. Like many Canon fans, we are waiting for a new Canon F1d with and hybrid viewfinder, so, a DSLR like the old F1 but with an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder integrated, a hard camera to work in the worst conditions, using an elastic touch screen and easy to remove (please Canon, call me to work in it).

I like EOS 1D series, but, it was not better the Canon EOS 1v with optional power grip?

The actual body I would like to buy is the EOS 5D Mk IV and maybe the EOS 7D MK II because is the silentest camera is in the EOS system and the AF sensors coverture it take practically all the image area…



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