In the early 2000’s digital was starting to make serious inroads and the choices in camera resolution we're improving all the time. I was working on ’The Great Raid’ and gaffer, Mike Adcock offered me his Sony 4mp camera to try out. I jumped at the chance, the opportunity to see my images immediately was overwhelming.
I must say that Sony produced images that still hold up today and one of my favourites was taken at night in very low light.
For the next five years I toyed with the idea of buying my own but decided to wait. I was not convinced of their quality over film, their cost was excessive and as technology was advancing newer, better models we're constantly arriving on the market.
In 2005 due to a downturn in work I had to sell my Leica, this left me without a camera to shoot with and I resorted to borrowing those belonging to other crew members. There was a reduction of my output for the next two years until 2007 when I was offered ’The Mummy, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’.
By this time I felt digital had come far enough and so I purchased my first DSLR, a Canon 30D with a 24-105mm zoom.
My days of shooting film were over and I embraced this new technology completely. In time the 30D was replaced by a 5D with two zooms a 24-70mm and 70-200mm. Due to their video capabilities I used these combos for stills as well as shooting commercials and kept them until I moved into Unit Still Photography in 2013.
At this point I was investigating mirrorless camera systems and the Fuji range caught my interest. Especially the fact that they had a silent electronic shutter option. Using these cameras meant that I would never need a blimp, a heavy sound deadening camera case that was necessary when shooting on set where absolute quiet is demanded when the movie cameras are rolling.
I was fortunate to be allowed to borrow and test out a Fujifilm X-T1 on a film I was working on. It didn’t take me long to work out this was the camera for me. The combination of silent shutter, lightweight body and Fuji’s range of fast, quality prime lenses went to make this system the perfect choice for my Unit Still work.
I have happily stuck with Fuji over the last seven years building my kit and purchasing the new models as they arrived. I now use two X-H1’s with a combination of Zoom and prime lenses. I also own a GFX-50s with 45mm and 110mm lenses for my onset portrait work.