Tom Hoops


A little bit about me, I am a portrait and fashion photographer. I began shooting professionally 6/7 years ago.
I started with a simple Nikon D80 and a 50mm lens and only added to my kit as and when I had earned enough from photography to afford it. This basic kit taught me to get the most I could from limited lighting options and gear. Sadly the D80 was dropped on its head one day and now sits broken and cracked on the shelf.

So here are a few of my cameras. I also have a number of cameras I rarely use which have been added to the collection over the years, but thought i would limit this to kit I use on a regular basis.

Nikon D3

Incredible workhorse of a camera. I have had this for years now and bought it from a good friend of mine who upgraded to a Nikon D3S. There is something lovely about this camera. It’s beginning to show signs of old age but I still love using it.

Nikon D800

More megapixels than I need and I’m using it now more than the Nikon D3.

Nikon FM3a

Since I have so many Nikon manual focus lenses this made sense for 35mm.

Mamiya 6

6×6 medium format film, this camera is a dream. Great lenses easy to carry… it doesn’t get much better. Probably my favorite camera at the moment.

Mamiya RZ67

Great for the studio. I tried carrying this round Burma for a week, but it’s a beast and should stay in the studio i think..:)

Lenses, (nearly all manual focus)

Nikon 28mm f/2.8
Nikon 35mm f/2.8
Nikon 50mm f/1.2
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 80mm f/2.8
Nikon 100mm f/2

MamiyaΒ 90mm f/3.5 for rz67
Mamiya 50mm f/4 for Mamiya 6
Mamiya 150mm f/4.5 for mamiya 6

Inside Tom’s camera bag:


1 Comment

  1. DSJones on July 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Hmm . . .the only 100mm-length Nikon telephoto lens was a Series E 100mm f2.8 lens — not f2, as identified in the article. Likewise, the only 80mm-length f/2.8 Nikon telephoto lens was an early AF lens specifically dedicated for use with an AF-modified F3. Am I mistaken here?

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