What Camera Does Martin Schoeller Use

by Buffalo Bob on September 18, 2012

Photographer: Martin Schoeller

Specialty: Editorial Portrait/Commercial Photography

Favored Camera/Lens Brand: Mamiya, Sinar

Other Products Used: Kodak films, Kino Flo lighting


Martin Schoeller is by far and away one of the greatest portrait photographers of our time, with regular commissions from top media outlets like Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, GQ, and Time. He’s also an in-demand commercial shooter, photographing advertising campaigns for clients like Mercedes-Benz, JP Morgan, Volkswagen, CNN, and Lexus.

It was tricky figuring out what Martin uses, but after extensively reading interviews, forums, and blogs, I’ve determined the following.

For his trademark close-up portraits, Martin uses two setups.

The first is a Mamiya RZ67 with a 140mm f/4.5 macro lens loaded with Kodak Portra film in both the 160 and 400 speeds.

Martin also sometimes uses an 8×10 camera, which appears to be a Sinar.

I’m sure Martin also uses digital, though I couldn’t find any specific information. Odds are he uses a Phase One or Hasselblad system. Martin’s also known to use medium format Fuji rangefinder cameras, which are popularly known as “Texas Leicas.”

For lighting, Martin uses high-powered strobe lighting from Profoto, as well as Kino Flo continuous  fluorescent lights.

At the end of the day, however, I would start with any of Martin’s excellent books rather than the gear because his work is really all about a close connection with a subject.

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