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 2018, I'm shooting primarily  Sony.  The Sony cameras have the versatility of native and adapted lenses plus a very compact size.  Both systems have their pluses and minuses.  This is the system I turn to when doing landscape photography, as the dynamic range, quality of the lenses, small size, and high resolution are all excellent.

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


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



Mirrorless      

• Sony a7r Mark II

Sony a7r

• 16-35mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T* FE

• 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* FE

• 70-200mm f/4 OSS FE

• 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* FE

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