Photo Equipment – Cameras and Lenses

Even though I started taking photos with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was ten years old, my interest in nature photography began eleven years later. That happened when we went on a vacation to Colorado in 1965. My dad let me use his camera; and I remember feeling a special connection with life as I took photos of Nature’s beauty.


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 5D Mark IV and a Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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

I use the Induro GIT304L carbon fiber tripod and the Induro GHB2 Gimbal head with the 600 mm lens and sometimes with the 100-400 mm lens. Otherwise, I use an Induro CGT214 tripod with the Induro BHM2 ball head.

I’m using Capture One to process and catalog my photos. (Before this I used Aperture, and switched in 2016.) Capture One does a significantly better job processing photos. So I’ve replaced more than half of the photos in my talks with more vivid Capture One versions.

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.