Photography and Studio Equipment: Leica SL and Elinchrom

I'm receiving many emails every month asking about my studio setups so I decided to create a little compendium with some information on my photographic equipment, lights and computers. I'm a proud Leica Ambassador and Elinchrom Ambassador, and I shoot all my assignment with Leica Cameras and Elinchrom light equipment.

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Since 2016 my studio setup is made of two new Leics SL with the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90 f2.8-4. I also own several Nikon AIS MF Lenses and Canon FD Lenses that I use on the Leica SL through Novoflex adapters.

2 ELC Pro HD 1000 Elichrom studio strobes, 1 ELB 1200, 1 ELB 400,  2 Elinchrom Quadra RX portable sets (4 heads), 10 led lights panels are my locations and studio light equipment.

In May 2016 Leica Camera interviewed me about Leica SL and my photography. In Italian but with subtitles :)

My daylight studio is made of a big limbo (big enough for a medium sized car), makeup room, storage and offices. This where I host my Portrait and Post production Workshops.

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Street Photography setup is made of a Leica M10 and a Leica Monochrom Typ 246 with a 35mm f2 Summicron and a 21mm f2.8 Elmarit lens and the new Leica Q with a 28mm 1.7 Summilux lens. In the last period I'm also shooting Street Photography with my Leica CL together with the 18mm lens.

In my street bag you can find several fast memory cards, a Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 LED, a Samsung Note 8 and an Iphone 8, an Ipad Pro, a Nintendo 3DS loaded with Jrpgs and a pipe filled with some good vanilla tobacco.

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My little Soho was updated in August 2018. I'm a Nerd/Geek/Comic lover/Gamer so as you can imagine my office is filled of hardware, artbooks, action figures, videogames and so on.

My post production unit is made a PC based on Window 10 64 bit with a quad core i7 latest generation cpu, 32 gbytes of super fast Ram and an Nvidia GTX10180ti graphic card.

All my backups are stored on several terabytes of Nas in Raid configuration connected to my computers with a gigabit lan. I also have a couple of RAID 1 SSD portable storage devices to backup files during assignments. The most important files are also stored on external hard drives located in a secure location. The main studio portfolio is also stored in Tif and Jpg formats on three cloud accounts (Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive).

I do all my post production on a 32" Asus PA329Q ProArt 4K Monitor using a Wacom Intuos M Tablet.

I’m working with the Adobe Creative Suite environment (Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effect). All my 3D Renderings are done with the new Luxology Modo 12.1 and latest release of Blender 3D.

My laptop is a 12" MacBook with i7 and 16 Gbyte of Ram connected to a Wacom Intuos 5 S tablet. I have also an i7 Mac Mini 2012 with 16 gbyte of ram that I use as a small server to access to my hard drives when I'm not in my studio. The complete Adobe Creative Suite is also on the Macs, along with Apple software such as Final Cut X and Motion.

When I want to travel very light I get with me a Microsoft Surface PRO i7 with 16Gbyte of Ram and a 512Gbyte of SSD or an Ipad Pro 12.1".

My studio manager Antonella works on an i5 Mac Mini 2012, 16 Gbyte of Ram a Dell UltraSharp U2412M Monitor and a Wacom Intuos 5 S tablet.

Music is managed through an Advance Acoustic amplifier connected to a small Asus NetBook loaded with Spotify and Tidal streaming via a Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus.

Besides work equipment as you can notice from the picture above I’m a videogame / Scifi Movie / Comic addicted. All around the office you can see Blu-rays, Artbooks and several consoles: PS4 PRO, XBOX One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox360, PS3, PS2, PS Vita, Wii, Gamecube, 3DS, Nvidia Shield and many more much older devices (I'm a retrogamer as well).

For PC gaming a second unit with i7 6700K, 32gbyte of fast ram, an Nvidia GTX10180ti and an Oculus Rift connected to an Asus ROG SWIFT Curved PG348Q Gaming Monitor. Games are loaded in my Steam, Origin, Gog and Microsoft libraries.

That's all I guess. Any more questions? Write me :)

Updated 07 August 2018