Portrait von Dr. Gerd-Uwe Neukamp
Dr. Gerd-Uwe Neukamp

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.