Frozen Moments Photography Blue Book Photography Equipment



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Michael A. Le Pard.
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Michael A. Le Pard








My Photography Equipment

Lenses, Flashes, SLR Bodies, Cords, Filters, Film... These are the tools of every professional photographers trade. Choosing just the right lens, filter or film can easily add or subtract from a shot. All these items, as important as they are, are just tools to enhance the photographers talent. Just because one has the most expensive tools does not mean they will produce better photos. The photographer him/herself is the most important asset, their eye, creativity, passion and imagination outweighs everything else.

Here are some of the photography tools I use in my professional shoots. By no means is my collection complete. I am always adding, trying new tools out, buying/selling are carefully selecting each and everyone for the finest in performance for the price.



Lenses are the eye of the photographer. They help and assist him/her in expressing what they see though the use of their creativity, style and imagination.

Lens Tip: Always look beyond a "brand name" into its optical qualities to get a real picture of a lens. You would be surprised that a 3rd party lens may be better and cheaper than a brand name one, and that piece of advice can save you thousands!

These are the lenses I use in my collection:

Sigma 28-70mm EX f2.8 AF-D Pictures: 2, 3, 4
. . . This is my "main" camera lens. A true PRO lens that produces amazing results from landscape to portraiture and fast action.

"It features a fast, constant maximum aperture of F2.8 and covers the popular focal length range of 28mm wide angle to 70mm midrange telephoto. Two aspherical elements help maintain its high optical performance throughout its zoom and focus ranges. It is the world's smallest zoom lens in this category, just 3.9" in length. A minimum focusing distance of just 15.7 inches, at all focal lengths, also gives it the world's shortest close focusing capability. The 28-70mm F2.8 EX is equipped with a perfect hood and incorporates helical focusing to eliminate front lens barrel rotation during focusing, for added convenience when using
polarizing filters."

Lens Review . . . . . . . Sigma Web site


Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF Pictures: 1, 2, 3
. . . The sharpest lens Nikon makes. An outstanding prime lens for low light situations or for extreme detail at a normal view.

"An affordable Nikkor that combines the ease of autofocus operation with advanced Nikon optics. Ideal for scenery or full-length portraits. Weighs only 5.1 ounces. Stops down to f/22 for additional depth of field control."

Lens Review. . . . . . . Nikon Web site


Nikon 35-80 f4-5.6 AF-D Pictures: 2, 3, 4
. . . A light weight, do it all short zoom for travel photography. Highly recommended due to its high contrast of colours.

"Weighing in at only 6.2 ounces, this powerful little zoom is ideal for travel photography"

Lens Review. . . . . . . . Nikon Web site


Phoenix 60-300 f4-5.6 AF Pictures: 2, 3, 4, 5. . . . . . . . . . ..
. . . A pity Phoenix discontinued this lens early. The glass in this lens (67mm) is still the largest in this zoom range and has produced very pro like images consistently. Update: August 2000: I have sold this lens to a friend to get him started in Photography. I regret selling it due it its optical quality and look forward to buying another one rather than a Nikon equivalent.

"The NIKON-S MOUNT 60-300MM PHOENIX F4.0-5.6 Auto Focus Lens. This versatile one-touch macro AF lens will lighten your lens load with a minimum focus distance of 5 ft. for macro, 6.6 ft. standard, and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:4. This big eyed, bright eyed beauty is a top quality optical instrument comprised of 13 elements in 9 groups, with multicoated optics, and an acceptance angle of 8 to 38 degrees. Weighs only 23 oz., measures 118mm by 76mm (width). Takes 67mm accessories."

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Phoenix 19-35 f3.5-4.5 AF-D Pictures: 2
. . . A new lens to my collection. The reviews of this lens foretell outstanding sharpness and contrast for this Ultra-wide zoom. Update: October 2000. After using this lens for sometime, I am very pleased (overly so) at its optical quality. The lens construction is not as good, but I would recommend this lens to anyone. A real A+ Buy.


"Because of the angle of view, this auto-focus,ultra-wide angle lens is perfect to capture all of your creative ideas. You can also fit all of your family in the picture at a holiday get-together. Landscapes are great with this wide view lens; the entire horizon is yours."

Lens Review . . . . Phoenix Web site


Tokina AT-X 80-200 f2.8 SD APO AF Pictures: 2, 3, 4 -
. . . The newest lens in my collection. The 80-200 f2.8 zoom. Some say it rivals prime lenses. I will have to see. Quite a cult classic telephoto zoom. Update: October 2000: Quality optics and quality construction. Simply, I know why this lens is a cult classic. Just plain WOW on the sharpness and contrast even when using it a f2.8 30sec at night!

Lens Review . . . . Tokina Web site


Quantaray 500mm f8/1000mm f16 AI Pictures: 2, 3
. . . This was a "Super Zoom" though it was really a 500mm f8 prime with a x2 matched teleconverter. This really was an amazing lens, but not all that great in optical quality. I have to give a lot of credit to it because it expanded my photography thinking, and allowed me to take pictures of the moon in almost full frame at 1000mm! Great deal for under $150!


"Use this lightweight 500mm with or without the matched 2x extender for amazing long-distance photos! Features: Needs a T-mount adapter (not included). Aperture Range: F: 8.0-32 Filter Size: 67mm"

Lens Review . . . . Quantaray Web Site



Konica Hexanon 57mm f1.4 Pictures:
. . . Built over 30 years ago but the reviews say the optical quality is still top-notch vs. primes today. I will have to see, I just bought it and it is my fastest lens so far. (I just missed out on a 57mm f1.2. But have heard it is not as good). As with Konica Hexanon lenses, you just cannot find a better deal out there. Purchase price: $33 canadian. Condition: Mint -



Konica Hexanon 50mm f1.7 Pictures:
. . . What can a 30 year old prime lens do? I will have to see, but the reviews say the optical quality is still top-notch vs. primes today. I just bought this lens with my Konica T3 camera. It is Konica's standard lens back then.As with Konica Hexanon lenses, you just cannot find a better deal out there. Purchase price: $100* canadian. (*inc. T3 SLR) Condition: EX



Konica Hexanon 28m f3.5 Pictures:
. . . This lens was considered "wide" at the time over 25 years ago. At f3.5 I can't say it is fast, but since I will be using it for day time shooting (I think), it should be OK. I will post more and I know first hand more. As with Konica Hexanon lenses, you just cannot find a better deal out there. Purchase price: $30 canadian. Condition: Mint



• Vivitar 80-200 f4 Zoom 1:3.4 Macro - Pictures:
. . . I don't know much about this lens other than what I have been told. What I have been told is that even though it was made in 1983, it is a very good zoom lens. Problem with it is the apateur blades are very slow and require some repair. It is ok to shoot at f4 manually with it though. Purchase price: $Free canadian. Condition: EX -


Soligor 17mm f3.5 - Pictures:
. . . I know it is 20 years old and the original owner says it is very sharp and flat field. Perfect for architectural / scenics. So I wanted a good wide lens to use since the 19-35mm Phoenix lens made me so happy. Purchase price: $60 USD. Condition: Mint+


Quantaray 200mm f3.5 - Pictures: 2
. . . Just picked up this lens on eBay used for the Konica SLR. I wanted to use my NIkon lenses via Nikon to Konica adapter (but they cost $150 US) and felt that was too much. So, I am trying to get the quickest 200mm I can (that was the f3.5). I got a really great deal on it as well, just have to try it out and see how good it is. Can't be too bad I think because it is a fast prime. Purchase price: $20 USD. Condition: Mint


"Use this lightweight 500mm with or without the matched 2x extender for amazing long-distance photos! Features: Needs a T-mount adapter (not included). Aperture Range: F: 8.0-32 Filter Size: 67mm"

Lens Review . . . . Quantaray Web Site


Camera Bodies

Camera bodies today can come in many shapes and sizes, from manual focus to auto focus. They hold the lenses, film and accessories important to the photographer.

Camera body tip: It is important not to get wrapped up in features you will rarely use or get a body for harsh environment you rarely will shoot in. With today's camera technology, it is hard to get a body with a lack of features, or one that is not rugged enough for outdoor use. After all, the body is really a light box in the simplest form.

Nikon F50/N50 AF/MF Camera Body Pictures: 2, 3, 4
. . . While not a true "Pro" body in the sense of the word, but the Nikon F50/N50 has proven itself highly reliable in professional use. Not only does it have a lot of features that are important to photography, but more importantly, does not clutter up or slow down the photographer with features and controls he might not ever use. I was so impressed by the Nikon F50/N50 I now own and use two on every shoot. What a great deal this Nikon is!

"See the difference a Nikon makes. How far can you go with the Nikon F50? Is your old camera just gathering dust on the closet shelf? Do you doubt that it can give you the results you expect? Are you ready to take the next step toward making better, more beautiful and colorful pictures? Ones you'll be proud to display? If so, then we suggest you move to the new Nikon F50 35mm Single Lens Reflex Camera. Vacations, family events, travel, portraits, close-ups, wide shots, telephoto shots — the Nikon F50 and a high-quality Nikkor lens can handle them all. Opt for totally automatic operation and make photos with ease. Or use the F50's full set of controls for personal picture-taking pleasure and creativity. For the Nikon F50 has features and performance that will more than satisfy you — like accurate or sharp autofocus, a selection of automatic and manual exposure controls, and a built-in automatic flash that will brighten your pictures. And the F50 does it all with Nikon quality and reliability. So if you're ready for great photography, choose the Nikon F50 and you'll see what a difference a Nikon makes. Nikon. We take the world's greatest pictures. Yours."
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Konica T3 MF Camera Body Pictures: 2
. . . I
wanted to try something "new" and I looked really hard for the best in quality and price value out there on the used market and think I have found it. Konica is/was very renown for their Hexanon lenses and their SLR cameras. They stopped making SLR's in 1983 but their lens quality has kept up even with todays lenses. So I had to try it out and see for myself. Where else can you get a 57mm f1.4 lens for $30? The T3 is the "one to get" if you want "the best" Konica MF SLR in the T line. So far, I'm impressed with its quality and construction. It has lasted since 1973 and still works, and is in mint condition! I think it will outlive me. Purchase Price: $100 canadian with 57mm f1.7 Hexanon lens.


Konica T MF Camera Body Pictures:
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This is my 2nd Konica MF SLR body. Since the T3 was so good for the value I looked to get another Konica SLR. I found this one with a 57mm f1.4 lens, a 28mm f3.5 lens and a 80-200 Vivitar f4 lens for $125 canadian, so I feel kinda bad I got it for $100 canadian. The quality is just great. The Konica T was the first T camera, and was made in 1969. It is 31years old today and is older than I, but I don't think it will die till another 31 years. Purchase Price: $100 canadian. Condition: EX


Flash & Accessories

A flash is very important to photography, it is like carrying around the sun with you when light is low, or you need a fast shutter speed to capture the action. Accessories like the SC-17 flash cord can not only extend the flash away from the camera (important in flash photography to give you softer light) but allows you to work more creatively as well.

Phoenix ZIF105N TTL Nikon Flash Pictures: 2
. . . This powerful professional flash allows TTL (though the lens), bounce (up to 90 degrees up), Swivel (150 degrees left/right) and also had infrared targeting in low light so you can see where you are pointing it.

"Guide Number Guide Number (ISO 100 ft) 62.0 (@ w1 setting) 82.0 (@ S setting) 105.0
(@ long FL setting) 122.0 Color Temperature 5600 Features Hot shoe Yes Auto off Yes Confirmation light Yes Coverage Angle of Coverage (°w x °h) 70 x 53 @ long FL setting 32 x 23 Bounce Maximum Bounce Angle 90 Illuminance Min Illumination 2.3 Max illumination 87.0 Power Batteries 1.5V AA Batteries # Batteries 4 Number of Flashes 120-2000 Recycle Time (secs. with alkaline batteries) 0.2-9 Dimensions Height (in) 5.25 Width (in) 3.14 Depth (in) 4.50 Weight (oz) 11.00 Dedication Dedicated For: Nikon AF"
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Nikon SC-17 TTL Flash Cord Pictures: 2
. . . A true staple in flash photography to allow you to use the flash away from the camera body to produce more lifelike light. I also use a LumiQuest Ultrasoft Box to further soften the shadows in my pictures.
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Nikon Web site




Filters not only allow you to protect your lens, but they can have special functions as well to express the photographers vision, creativity and imagination. Currently, I own filters in 52mm, 67mm and 77mm sizes, based on the diameter of the lens.

Hoya Skylight 1B Filter
. . . Reduces the excessive blueishness that frequently occurs in outdoor color photography, especially in open shade under a clear, blue sky. The absorption peak is in the range which corresponds to the film's green spectrum. This means outstanding outdoor shots with superb color balance and clarity under all conditions. Also keeps skin tones free of colored reflections from nearby objects such as the shade of trees. I own one for each lens I have they are that useful.
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Hoya Web site

Hoya 81A Warming Filter.
. . . This is a light balancing filter used to decrease the color temperature slightly for a warmer (redder) tone and adds more warmth to a picture even more so than the Skylight 1B. Very useful for cooler scenes, or to add more colour to a sunset/sunrise.
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Hoya Web site



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