What equipment do you use to take your photographs and why did you choose it?
High-end digital compact cameras (currently Canon G15) and superzoom bridge cameras (currently Panasonic Lumix FZ150), both shooting RAW+JPEG and using a Manfrotto tripod and Cokin filters where time and circumstances permit.
In more detail
This website is being developed and operated as a hobby, not a business, so all equipment used must be affordable, compact, lightweight, and quick to use. I need to be able to obtain a large number of images, at a wide-range of focal lengths, in a short space of time. Those images need to be capable of reproduction at A4 (as a minimum) at an acceptable and usable level of quality. I like to retain full manual control over the camera and to shoot in RAW as this gives me maximum flexibility during both shooting and post-shoot processing. I therefore use a ‘top of the range’ digital compact camera as my main camera (initially a Canon S70, followed by a Canon G11 and currently a Canon G15). These give excellent results and they can be easily and comfortably carried in the hand or stowed in a pocket. Most importantly, they can be deployed in just a few seconds - a vital consideration when taking photographs in a very busy city centre. At the beginning of 2012, I purchased a Panasonic Lumix FZ150 (24x super-zoom ‘bridge camera’) to give me better ‘reach’, more flexibility in framing and the ability to use filters. On the rare occasions when a tripod can be used without causing an obstruction, I use a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 carbon-fibre tripod. I have a selection of Cokin filters, the most frequently used being a polarizing filter and a set of graduated neutral density filters.