David Uthe

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"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." -- Robert Capa

Hello Chicago. From taking snapshots as a child, to making photographs everyday presently, I've been using still cameras for over fifty-five years.

_____My DIGITAL gear:_____

Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera
Canon EOS Digital 7D body
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi body ("FREE", by trading-in frequent-flyer miles)
Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM zoom lens
Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS EF USM zoom lens
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens (package-deal FREE with XTi body)
Canon EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM zoom lens
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM prime lens
Canon Extender EF 2x II (telephoto)
Canon 500D Close-up Lenses (macro, screw-on)
Canon Extension Tube EF12 II (macro)
Canon Extension Tube EF 25 II (macro)
UV filters (screw-on)
Circular Polarizing filters (screw-on)
Neutral Density 10-stop filter (screw-on)
Canon 420EX Flash (hot-shoe mount)
Canon MR-14EX TTL Macro Ring Lite Flash (macro, mainly)
Fujifilm EF-20 Shoe-Mount Flash
Canon RC-6 Wireless-Remote-Shutter-Fob
Scopetronix-Maxview- Plus-Eyepiece-Adapters
Tripods and Monopod
Photo-backpack, Fanny-pack, and Shoulder-bags

_____My vintage FILM gear:_____

Nikon F2 Photomic 35mm 135-film camera (DP-1 finder) with:
NIKKOR-NC 24mm f/2.8,
NIKKOR-S 50mm f/1.4, and
NIKKOR-Q 135mm f/2.8 prime lenses
MD-2 motor drive, MB-1 battery pack
AR-1 Soft Shutter Release
PB-4 Bellows Focusing Unit
PS-4 Slide Copying Adapter
Vivitar 285 Zoom Thyristor flash (vintages 1968-1973)

Mamiya RB67 Pro S 6x7cm modular 120-film camera with:
Mamiya-Sekor C 90mm f3.8 prime lens
Pro-S film back, Power Drive back
Single-action focusing hood
CdS Prism finder with TTL-meter
Deluxe L Side-grip
(vintages 1974-1990)

Mamiya C330 Professional f 6x6cm 120-film twin-lens-reflex camera with:
Mamiya-Sekor 55mm f/4.5,
Mamiya-Sekor 65mm f/3.5,
Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f/2.8,
Mamiya-Sekor D 105mm f/3.5,
Mamiya-Sekor 135mm f/4.5,
Mamiya-Sekor Super 180mm f/4.5, and
Mamiya-Sekor 250mm f/6.3 prime lenses
Waist level viewfinder
Eye-level prism CdS Porrofinder
(Vintages 1972-1983)

Leica IIIf 35mm camera (Vintage 1952, CLA in 2016)
Leitz Summitar 50mm F2 lens (Vintage 1939, CLA in 2016)
Leitz VIDOM and VIOOH Universal Finders

Leica M3 35mm camera (Vintage 1954, CLA in 2016)
Leitz Summaron f=3.5cm 1:3.5 lens (1956)
Leitz Summicron 1:2/50 lens (1961, CLA in 2016)
Leitz Elmar f=9cm 1:4 lens (1954)
Leitz Hektor f=13.5cm 1:4.5 lens (1956)
Leica MC Accessory Shoe Light Meter

SEKONIC L-508 Zoom Pro Digital Light Meter

_____Editing SOFTWARE:_____

Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 & 12
Google's Nik Software Collection (now FREE)
Canon ZoomBrowser EX ("FREE")

In my quest to master another hobby, the guitar, there is a saying, "Practice, Patience, and Persistance." The 3-P's seem to apply to learning to take good photographs, too. Spend a deliberate 20-minutes every day studying how to do it better.

Ansel Adams once said, "The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it."

Thank you to The Pediment Group, Inc. and it's sponsors for this great FREE site. Thank you fellow photographers for your uploads and kind comments on my submissions