Photo Equipment – Cameras and Lenses

I’ve been taking photos of nature since 1965. Eleven (or so) years before that I had a Brownie Hawkeye camera.


Black Skimmer, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Photo Equipment

Black Skimmer


I bought my first camera (a used Minolta rangefinder) in 1967 for $50. Since then I’ve owned film cameras made by Minolta, Miranda, Pentax, Canon, and Nikon, and then starting in 2002, I’ve used digital cameras made by Nikon, Sony, and (now) Canon.

My current system consists of a Canon EOS R5 and a Canon EOS 90D.

My lenses (all made by Canon) include: 600 mm f/4 IS USM III (which I use with the EF 1.4X III Tele-extender or the EF 2X III Tele-extender), 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II, 100 mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM, 24-105 mm f/4 IS USM, and the new RF 800 mm f/11.

I am now using a Calmut carbon fiber tripod and the Sirui PH-10 Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head. I also have the Induro GIT304L carbon fiber tripod and the Induro GHB2 Gimbal head. And I have an Induro CGT214 tripod with the Induro BHM2 ball head.

I’m using Capture One to process and catalog my photos.

As you can tell, I have experience using different types of cameras, from film to digital, from basic to professional.

This helps me design a photo class that serves photographers from beginner to advanced amateur.

I recommend Samy’s Camera in LA because of their exceptional staff (ask for Rod when you call).

Presentation Equipment – LCD Projector

I use an Epson PowerLite 1980WU WUXGA 3LCD Projector, which has a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. With 4400 lumens of color and white brightness, this projector puts sharp, vivid images on the screen.


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