My Gear - Jeff Henry Photography

My Gear

Many ask, so I will share. However, I firmly subscribe to the belief that the camera does not make good images, but rather the person behind the camera creates good images.

My equipment is varied, and constantly in flux. There is no magic bullet in camera equipment, but it’s fun to try to find one. I think trying new gear helps satisfy my fascination with the technical side of photography. You'll notice that I use a variety of formats, both digital and film; each camera has its own unique characteristics, some good and some bad.

Over the past few years I've gone through a pretty significant change in the gear I use.  Just a few years back I was shooting primarily film, and for a while didn't even own a digital camera.   I did this with a combination of Leica M rangefinders for 35mm and a Mamiya 7ii for medium format.  Alas, the cost of buying and developing film, not to mention the time needed to properly scan it, became too burdensome for everyday use.

I transitioned for a long while to a digital Leica M9, which I still have and love.  I've traveled the world with that camera and it is simply wonderful.  But, it has seen less use recently, as the quality and characteristics of more modern digital sensors outperform the M9--but, nothing is easier or more fun to use than a Leica.

As of early 2015, I'm shooting primarily Nikon and Sony.  The Nikon is great when autofocus and long lenses are needed, while the Sony has the versatility of native and adapted lenses plus a very compact size.  Both systems have their pluses and minuses.  For a while I was hoping to migrate completely to the Sony system, but I've since realized  there is a place in my photography for both systems, as they are good in different ways.

I still use the Mamiya 7ii on occasion.   This medium format camera, where the negative is 6×7 centimeters in size, is so much fun. It's is also a rangefinder camera, and makes a great film companion to any digital camera.  Seeing a large 6×7 frame, especially when taken with slide film, is stunning. I dabbled in Large Format (4×5 inches) for a while. I love how that format made me slow down, and adjust everything manually; someday I'll return to it.

Here is a breakdown of the gear I currently own and use:

DSLR      

     • Nikon D800E

     • Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF.2

     • Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* ZF.2

     • Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* ZF.2

     • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

     • Nikkor 16-35 f/4G EG VR

     • Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G EG VR

     • Nikkor 70-200mm f4G EG VR

     • Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport


35mm Rangefinders

     • Leica M9

     • Leica M7

     • Zeiss Ikon

     • Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar

     • Zeiss 25mm F/2.8 Biogon

     • Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C-Biogon

     • Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2 Nokton

     • Zeiss 50mm f/2 Plannar

     • Voigtlander 75mm f/1.8 Heliar Classic


Medium Format      

• Mamiya 7 II

• Wide Angle 65mm f/4

• Normal 80mm f/4

• Telephoto 150mm f/4.5


Mirrorless      

• Sony a7r

• 16-35mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T* FE

• 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* FE

• 70-200mm f/4 OSS FE

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