Welcome to my homepage. Since I was 15 years old, I am interested in photography as an intensive hobby. It all started with an Olympus OM-2n, for which I had painstakingly saved up every penny as a schoolboy and which finally lay under the Christmas tree. At first I had to be content with the standard 50mm f/1.8 lens. For almost 30 years I remained loyal to the OM System. Over the time, several bodies and lenses were added. Later on I added a medium format Mamiya 645 system with two bodies and several lenses. At last I had accumulated an extensive system with 5 SLR camera bodies and more than twenty lenses and many accessories. Photography alone was no longer enough for me, so I started to process films and prints myself - that meant developing in the darkroom. In the beginning only in black and white, later I owned a complete color lab with run-through developer (for experts: Durst RCP-20) and spent hours over hours with my pictures in the dark.
Then, in 2003, the digital revolution in the form of the first affordable digital SLR camera (a Canon EOS 300D with kit zoom 18-55mm) hit me. At first only planned for the photos on the sideline, it quickly replaced my Olympus 35mm system due to the good image quality of the 6 megapixel body. Not much later came the EOS 20D and again a huge leap with the full frame EOS 5D. Finally, I got my familiar large and bright viewfinder again. The results were in direct comparison at least on par with medium format film, so I finally sold the medium format system completely.
The Canon 1Ds Mk II, 5D Mk II, 5D Mk III followed and currently I work with a 7D Mk II and since January 2016 also with the 5DS R. In the meantime I got 13 lenses in the range from 16 to 600mm. Within 13 years the resolution of my camera sensors has increased from 6 to 50 Megapixel!
I think, that the next logical evolutionary step in photography will be the omittment of the SLR-mirror - the future is mirrorless. Canon failed to take this step for a long time, so I added Sony bodies to my system. In addition to the Canon bodies, I now also own a Sony Alpha 7R III, which replaced its predecessors 7R and 7R II. The Sony Alpha 7R III allows the usage of my Canon lenses without any problems via adapters (Metabones IV and SIGMA MC-11) and is a valuable addition due to its fantastic electronic viewfinder, with 42 megapixels resolution and its excellent high-ISO capabilities. The eye autofocus now also works with Canon lenses. Portraits with the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L USM II lens are therefore sharper than on Canon bodies. Even the 17mm TS/E can be used with the electronic viewfinder and works with the in-body image stabilizer! As a further addition I bought the inexpensive SAMYANG 14mm f/2.8 AF, which now extends my super wide angle range at high speed. Optically it is excellent and, as far as I can judge so far, it is absolutely equivalent to the Canon 14mm f/2.8L - and that for 1/3 of the price. In addition, I have recently also bought the very good Sony FE 24-105G f4 OSS as “always on”. I was more and more impressed by the very fast evolving Sony system.
I was already half-way to switch completely to Sony, when Canon now surprisingly seems to be catching up. The newly announced Canon EOS R5 could have what it takes to compete with the current sony cases - I’m very excited about what’s coming!
My darkroom is history, too. The post-processing of the pictures is now done digitally in daylight with Lightroom on a 4k Monitor, which is much more comfortable than in the darkroom lab. On this Website I would like to show some photos from recent times. I would be pleased about comments and suggestions.