Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, Hassleblad 503CW, Leica M6 & M8, Leica D-lux 4, Canon G10
French born photographer Sandrine Lee has lived studied and worked in NYC for the last decade or so.
Via her husband Will Lee, she has entered the music world and made it her main photographic playground!
“I love working with musicians, they are creatively open, daring & most don’t take themselves too seriously! It’s refreshing in these serious times”
Will introduced her to Ampeg and she fell in love with its aesthetics as well as the visual challenge that the new 1960’s style campaign offered her; It gave her the chance to use classic studio lighting, her favorite style of fashion and pure lines in composition.
“Being given such creative freedom and the chance of working with great musicians has been a total pleasure and opportunity.”
My main work horse these days is the Canon 5D Mark II, this camera also allows to shoot HD video that looks unbelievable, I recently shot a music video on it and it looked beautiful more like film and not video.
Also my true love, the Hassleblad 503CW, it’s just perfection from the first touch & sound, the incredible quality of the optics and amazing crispness of details that medium format offers, it’s a true jewel. It’s the classic studio camera used by the best for the last 50 years and there is now a great digital back for it.
And then there is Leica! I have the Leica M6 & M8: These are my travel cameras they share the same lenses one is film and the other digital, they are discreet & delivers amazing quality due to beautiful optics and design, the M8 is digital but is still a fully manual camera.
I always thought that Leica’s were for snobs, so much more expensive than everything else, & then all it took was to try one, just like musical instrument, one hold & the most subtle click and I was hooked! I can’t explain it just a thing to experience…
And finally for more approachable & portable toys: I love the Leica D-lux 4 (i have it’s older sister the 3) it’s the smallest best in low light of all the fit in your hand types. Also great, is the Canon G10, I have enjoyed playing with it & have recommended to a few friends, enthusiast photographers & people who want a good quality on the go easy to use versatile tool and everyone is thrilled with it.