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Goncalo Proenca

Thank you for visiting my page and have a look at my pictures ! Please leave your feedback, good or bad - with positive criticism is the only way to evolve, specially as a photographer.

Everyone keeps asking about my photo gear and I'm passionate about photography and I fortunatly sold a kidney and two livers to support my photo addiction. My current gear has evolved from big SLR's and big lenses and quickly I got fedup to hire a couple of donkeys to transport my gear and often I start leaving my camera gear at home because it was either too bulky or big. So I switched to a high quality , small and lightweight camera and lenses : Leica M.

It allows me to carry it everywhere and the build quaility is top notch - I use day and night, rain or sunshine.

Current lineup :

Leica M9 digital
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0
Leica WATE 16mm-18mm-21mm f4
Leica Summaron 35mm f3.5

For more agressive conditions and/or when I need a camera that I really do not care about it falling on the floor or getting REALLY wet, I use a Nikon D2h. High noise is a concern but its cheap these days, batteries last forever and I run a couple of websites and for webpage publishing, 4mp is more than enough. When I want a bit more quality and still a very rugged body, I got my old D1x.

Alternative gear :

Nikon D2h
Nikon D1x
Nikkor 60mm Macro AF-D

Past gear that I owned and some of the photos here might have been taken with :

Fuji S2 PRO
Nikon D100
Nikon D1x ( still own it )
Nikon D2x
Nikon D2h ( still own it )
Canon 1D mark I
Canon 1Ds mark I
Canon 1Ds mark II
Leica M8
Leica MP
Leica M7

:: Lens
Nikon 35-70mm f2.8 AF-D
Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 AF-D
Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 AF-S
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR
Nikon 100mm Macro f2.8
Nikon 28-70mm f2.8 AF-S
Nikon 70-300mm f2.8 AF-D
Nikon 60mm MACRO f2.8 AF-D ( still own it )

Canon 24-70mm USM f.28
Canon 24mm f1.4 L
Canon 35mm f1.4 L
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM

Leica 35mm f1.4 ASPH ( stolen very unfortunatly )
Leica 90mm f2.0 ASPH
Leica 35mm f2.0 ASPH
Voigtlander 15mm Super Wide Heliar f4.5

I owned all this and sold ( or it was stolen ) it for various reasons. My favorite Nikon lens was the 80-200 AF-S : super fast focusing, dead razor sharp images and not that expensive. Never got the hang of the VR of the 70-200mm, which got in the way most of the time. Best bang for the buck in the Nikon lineup I owned was the 35-70mm f2.8 AF-D : all metal, solid construction, weird push-pull design but fantastic images. Canon I just loved the primes - they are gorgeous. The other lens are as good as the Nikon counterparts, you can see small differences on screen but pictures are to be printed and the difference on a big print are negligible. Leica gear is another story : sold my 35mm f2.0 and my 90mm ASPH to fund my Noctilux and upgraded my small, little , light and fantastic Super Heliar with a WATE.
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