What I use in the pursuit of a great shot:
Rolleiflex Automat Twin Lens Reflex
I believe mine to be a Model 2 which was made between 1939 and 1945 according to Camerpedia.org. Other sources put the serial number at around 1947. This camera shoots 120 roll film with a 6×6 negative. They come with a 75mm f/3.5 Schneider or Zeiss lens depending on which you find. Mine is the Schneider Xenar version. They look nice wide open but are super sharp stopped down to f/8. Top shutter speed of 1/500 down to 1 second and B. It has a self timer and a cable release socket but no pc socket for flash. They introduced that in the Model 3. With no mirror in this camera, you can easily get sharp pictures down to 1/15 and with it’s waist level finder it makes a great camera for street photography with it’s non threatening look. Have to say this is my favorite camera to use.
I have spent many hours viewing shots taken with Hasselblad cameras, using the Zeiss 80mm Planar in particular. The optical characteristics of that lens is like that of no other, in my opinion of course. The sharpness of the Carl Zeiss lenses wide open and the 3D effect they give in separating the subject from background is superb. I could no longer take gawping at other peoples shots, I had to get my own! I use this with the 80mm f/2.8 Planar and the 50mm f/4.0 Distagon. I plan on adding the 150mm f/4.0 Sonnar sometime in the next year for a nice three lens set up.
Manfrotto 604RC head with 055PROXB legs
I pair the 604RC Three Way Pan Head with the 055PROXB tripod legs. Heavier than the carbon tripods but solid as rock. Built for abuse. There was a time when I wouldn’t carry a tripod this heavy but when you see the improvement it can give your shots over a cheaper tripod, it’s well worth the heft.
Quite simply the best bang for your light measuring buck! Thus far, this light meter from Sekonic has not let me down, even in really low light and night shots. And when you want to step up and start using strobes and studio lights, this meter will get you there.