In past years, I've used large- or medium format cameras for the majority of my work. The vast improvement in quality over 35mm was quickly apparent, and I haven't owed a 35mm camera in decades. Since 2015, digital capture finally became good enough to meet my needs with the introduction of Canon's 50 MP 5DSR, and I am now using digital methods for the foreseeable future.
For the benefit of those still using larger film formats, I've retained my older equipment reviews here. These are cameras with which I'm comfortable and familiar, and which I've enjoyed using…for this latter reason, these reviews will necessarily be mostly positive. I'll give reasons why I liked these cameras, and why I suggest them to others who are also interested in landscape photography. I'm always happy to answer questions by email if you care to write, but do keep in mind that I no longer own these cameras and may not have answers to specific questions that require actual examination of the equipment to arrive at a solution.
In the following pages, I review five cameras: Contax 645, Fuji GX680III, Linhof 617 S III, Fuji GX617, and Ebony SV45U2. Each had its time and place, which is fortunate since it's not possible to carry all of them at once! My gallery photographs each indicate the camera and lens used.
Nowadays, my cameras are Sony A7RIII and II, plus an A7R that's converted to infrared. After discovering the huge advantages of mirrorless when I bought an A7RII, I sold the 5DSR and can't see myself using anything but mirrorless again. One of the great benefits of Sony is the ability to use nearly any lens ever made via appropriate adapters. To that end, I use a wide variety of Canon-mount Zeiss and Canon lenses, Zeiss and Voigtlander E-mount lenses, and a smattering of historic and quirky lenses that I've chosen for their unique qualities, not available in lenses produced today. There are numerous reviews of the cameras online, and I won't be reviewing them here. However, when time allows I plan to add mini-reviews of lenses that I especially like; these will not be technical reviews, since there are once again plenty of the latter online, but will be based on impressions and suitability for various subjects.