Gear - Thibault Roland

A list of some of the equipment that I recommend and use on a regular basis.

Cameras:

Digital:

Sony RX100 IV - A point and shoot that I use for behind the scenes shots. It is packed with technology (stabilization, 4k inside, slo-mo etc) and really a pleasure to shoot with.

Sony a6300 - A cropped sensor mirrorless camera that I can bring with me in any occasion for shooting stills or 4k video. An amazing camera which I currently use as a backup to my a7R II system.

Sony a7R - Ideal for landscape and architectural photography, and the mirrorless feature allows the photographer to use lenses from any third party manufacturer, including Canon, Nikon, Leica etc.

Sony a7R II - The go to camera for pretty much ANY situation. You'll be able to shoot street or sport photography (yeah to the stabilization), 4k videos, and of course long exposures.

IR converted Sony a7R II - My favorite camera ever, converted by Precision Camera to shoot 665nm and up. Can be used either for regular exposure or long exposure. An amazing piece of technology turned into the ultimate tool to see beyond our restricted world.

Film:

Medium Format: Rolleiflex, Yashica Mat 124, Mamiya RZ67, Hasselblad 500

Large Format: 4x5 Chamonix 045N-2, 8x10 Korona

DIY:

I converted/modified/machined a Fuji GX680 III into a technical camera that can be used with any a7 series body, and virtually any lens, including RZ67 and large format with long bellows and rail extensions.

Lenses

Full Frame:

Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS - My go to lens for lanscape, seascapes and architectural photography (mostly).

Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS - Great lens for macro work of course, but also for portraiture. Superb bokeh!

"Old" Medium Format:

Mamiya 35mm f/3.5 645 N - A nice wide angle and large aperture medium format lens. I take advantage of the huge image circle to do control perspective architectural work.

Mamiya 50mm f/4 shift 645 - A nice wide angle and large aperture medium format lens. I take advantage of the huge image circle to do control perspective architectural work.

Filters

Formatt Hitech Firecrest ND16 - The IDEAL companion for LE photographers, and most neutral filters available in the market. It also reduces Infra Red light, making it the best filter for IR Long Exposure work.

Formatt Hitech Firecrest ND13 - Mostly for doing long exposure on an overcast day.

Formatt Hitech Firecrest ND10 - For exposures in the 30 seconds range in day light. Great for smoothing out ocean waves!

Formatt Hitech Firecrest ND6 - For exposures of only a few seconds in day light. Perfect for blurring out waterfalls!

Formatt Hitech ProStop IRND Long Exposure Kit - Joel Tjintjelaar Signature Edition - Great filters as well, a little cheaper than the Firecrest, but also less neutral.

I have been using screw in B+W ND filters for years, and even though they are great, having a holder and slide in filters is a huge improvement when  setting up for long exposure.The Formatt-Hitech filters have also another advantage: they are much more neutral than B+W, Lee or the others since they also block IR light.

I recommend them to all photographers with an interest for long exposure.

Printing Paper

Unless specific request, Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm is used for the fine art archival prints - This paper has a matte finish and ensures the deepest density of blacks as well as the highest level of details. This paper has been the recommended substrate by generations of museum curators around the world.

Misc.

Adapters:

EF to E mount Metabones Mark IV (aperture control, autofocus and Exif info)

EF to E mount Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA - Allows you to use a full frame lens on an APS-C (cropped) sensor mirrorless camera such as the Sony a6300 with an extra stop faster and a ~1.5x focal length modificator. Great option for shooting extrenely shallow depth of field like in portraiture!

Mirex EF to E mount tilt shift (fully manual, no electric connection)

Mirex M645 to EF mount tilt shift (fully manual, no electric connection)

Tripod related:

Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod - My primary tripod. S little on the heavy side but very sturdy and reliable. Perfect for windy conditions, it stays stable even when waves hit it.

Manfrotto 410 Junior geared head - adapted to fit universal quick release plates, it is the ideal head to combine light weight and precision for smaller cameras and lenses.

Manfrotto 405 geared head - adapted to fit universal quick release plates, it is the ideal head for extreme precision for bigger cameras and lenses.

Others:

A lightweight Vanguard tripod that I use as backup, or when I go for very long hikes.

Sony Remote Commander - Absolutely necessary for LE shooting.

f-stop Loka backpack - My newest (and hopefully last) backpack acquisition. It is meant for demanding photographers and weather conditions.

Peak Design system to attach the camera to a sling, backpack or a hand strap, and release it in a heart beat.

Lume Cube - Amazing little cubes that contain a very powerful LED light. Illumination is adjustable on your cell phone by Bluethooth, and they can also be triggered remotely. Plus they are waterproof, and easy to carry around. Highly recommended for lighting solutions on the go. And don't forget that Lume Cube are also running a Kistarter Campaign on their new product... right now! :)

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