Canon EOS 1N
Arguably one of the elite 35 mm cameras, and by far the most popular, Canon’s EOS 1N is a giant leap forward for anyone thinking about becoming a serious surf photographer. Its die-cast aluminum body makes the 1N nearly impossible to wreck under challenging weather conditions, and its five multi-point auto-focusing options give the photographer the power to nail down the subject while remaining in control of photo composition. The EOS 1N also provides the option of attaching the BP-E1 power booster to the bottom of the camera, allowing the camera to shoot at six frames per second, fast enough to capture any sequence. NEWSFLASH: Due to the arrival of the EOS 1V, the 1N can be found on eBay for as little as 400 dollars.
Canon EOS 630
Its light weight, versatility, and affordability make the EOS 630 an ideal camera to use in waterhousings. This camera body is no longer being manufactured but can be purchased used for 200 dollars. At that price it’s almost disposable, so changing film with wet hands is not an issue. Its internal motor drive allows the photographer to shoot at four-and-a-half frames per second. The EOS 630 operates on different shutter speeds and apertures than most 35 mm cameras, a benefit to the water photographer.
When debating the finest camera equipment known to man, the Hasselblad brand quickly rises to the top. The Swedish company has been producing the cameras by which all others are measured for over 50 years. The six-by-six cm medium-format negatives and positives these cameras produce are nearly perfect. Add the unparalleled Zeiss lenses to the mix, and the images generated possess impeccable clarity, saturation, sharpness, and contrast. With the help of Steve Sherman, TransWorld SURF was the first surf magazine to truly exploit the Hasselblad through portraiture.