Leica SL: Studio and Photography Equipment


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 Leica Ambassador and I work with Leica cameras for my commercial assignments and street photography. 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 throught Novoflex adapters.

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

Two Elinchrom Quadra RX portable sets (4 heads), 5 led lights panels and 4 Bowens studio strobes are my location and studio light equipment.

My daylight studio is made of a big limbo (big enough for a medium sized car), make up 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 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 SL together with a Novoflex adapter and the manual focus Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AI-s.

In my bag you can find several fast memory cards, a Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 LED, a Huawei P9 Plus with Leica Lenses and a One Plus 3T phone, 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 (small office / home office) is not changed since 2012. Just more Artbooks and a couple of new posters on the walls :)

My post production unit is now a PC based on a Window 10 64 bit. A quad core i7-4770K cpu with 32 gbytes of super fast Ram and two Nvidia GTX780ti graphic cards in SLI configuration.

All my backups are stored on several terabytes of Nas in Raid configuration connected to my computer 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).

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I do all my post production using a Wacom Cintiq 22HD that works as a tablet and monitor. I have also a second monitor, a 40" LG TV,  that I use for video editing (....and videogames).

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 901 and latest release of Blender 3D.

My laptop is a 15″ MacbookPro Retina with 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 is often used by my assistants when I need some help with post production. The complete Adobe Creative Suite is also on the Macs, along with Apple software such as Final Cut X and Motion.

My studio 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 an Android Nexus tablet with Spotify and Tidal streaming via an Audioengine B1.

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 gaming a second PC with i7 6700K, 32gbyte of fast ram, an Nvidia 1080 and an Oculus Rift are in charge of my Steam, Origin, Gog and Microsoft libraries.

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

Updated 08 March 2017