José De Rocco
My name is José De Rocco, I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina and I’m 40 years old. I have a degree in Graphic Design and I currently work in an art gallery. I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember and I guess I will do it forever. I started off using Canon equipment.
I have used Canon Rebel XTI, Canon 5D Mark I, Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 17-40mm f/4, Canon 24-105mm f/4, Canon 50mm f/1.8, Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, Canon 300mm f/2.8, Canon 500mm f/4, teleconverters (1.4x and 2x), flashes, remote triggers, tripods, etc.
It was very big, heavy equipment, and my back was asking for a break. Luckily, my interest in the type of photography I was doing changed and that led me to do a radical change of equipment.
I sold everything and just kept a Fujifilm X100F. Then I got a Fujifilm GFX 50R and a pair of Instax (Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 and Fujifilm Instax Mini 90). I like equipment, but I don’t consider it absolutely essential. You can take really incredible photos with low-cost equipment.
Fujifilm X100F: I always carry it with me. It is a good size and weight, and since it does not take up too much space it can be carried in any backpack or even in a belt bag.
It allows me to take very good quality photos quickly and easily. I also use it to make note of places that I want to return to later with my more powerful Fujifilm GFX 50R.
Fujifilm GFX 50R: Even though it is a medium format camera, it is similar in size and weight to a large reflex, making it easy to carry. I also use it for other projects such as planned or studio photography.
The image quality is really incredible and easy to use like any current digital equipment.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90: I used this equipment exclusively for a project that was based on a Lee Friedlander book called Mannequin. My intent was to replicate the idea of that book but through Instax.
The format allowed me to think of the compositions in a single shot, which became an interesting challenge. I really like this equipment, the quality is higher than I expected, and the use is very simple.
I just needed some practice before starting the final work. I hope to continue using it in other projects.
This camera, compared to the previous one, has some restrictions such as the minimum distance of greater focus, not being able to manipulate the use of the flash, and fewer options of automatisms. However, I consider it a piece of very attractive equipment and I will continue using it.
Iphone XR: Constantly present. When I am not using any of the other cameras, I always have this one with me, either to register something and then come back with another camera or to take a final photo.
It is really practical, but I do not feel that it gives the best results. I prefer the color treatment that the previous models offered.
Minolta Freedom Family ZoomIt: It is the newest addition to my equipment. I bought it used in a market where there were thousands of old cameras. I haven’t yet found the right project for it, but I will.
What I do consider important is being aware of what each piece of equipment can provide and knowing what will work best for the images I am trying to make.
Thank you to Shotkit for the invitation to participate on the website.