My photo gear

Before we begin, I must point out that photographic equipment is only a part of the equation. You would be surprised at the kinds of photographs I can get from 10-year old digital cameras. In order to obtain artistic, high quality photographs, there’s a lot of studying and practice involved. A certain amount of talent or predisposition for this kind of pursuit also helps. I advise you to read through this post of mine and watch the video I created to go along with it, in order to get a healthy perspective on photo gear. With that in mind, here is a list of my current equipment.

My Olympus gear:

  • Cameras: 
    • Olympus PEN E-P5: introduced on May 10, 2013; a superb, newer-generation PEN camera with faster AF, faster FPS, better low light performance, an incredibly good 5-axis IS engine and more resolution than its predecessor, the E-P3 and my beloved E-P2. I truly love this camera. It is so small and so capable and the image quality is stunning.
    • Olympus PEN E-P3: introduced on June 30, 2011, this PEN has a built-in flash, a customizable hand grip, faster AF, better low light performance, a 3-axis IS engine and better image quality than its predecessor, the PEN E-P2.
    • Olympus PEN E-PL1: introduced on February 3, 2010, this was the first PEN “light”, hence the PL in its name; it has the same features as the E-P2 plus a built-in flash.
    • Olympus PEN E-P2: introduced on November 5, 2009; I love this diminutive camera and the high quality photographs I can obtain with it; it has certain limitations but if I work with them, not against them, this camera is superb.
    • Olympus PEN E-P1: the first digital PEN, introduced on June 16, 2009. This was the camera that redefined the practice of lightweight photography and offered superb image quality for its time.
  • Lenses: 
    • Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f4.0-5.6: a small, light wide-angle zoom with a quiet AF motor and an 18-36mm 35mm equivalent range.
    • Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f3.5-6.3: a high-spec, versatile walk-around zoom with macro capability and a quiet AF motor; it can also be used for video.
    • Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6: a capable, sharp medium zoom lens that I’ve used for several years and it still works great; I have both the “L ED” and the “II R” versions.
    • Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8: a premium, beautiful, jewel-like, solidly built prime lens with a large aperture and manual clutch focus; it can also be used for video.
    • Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8: a premium “standard prime” lens that offers a 50mm perspective (35mm equivalent), with beautiful bokeh; it can also be used for video.
    • Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f4-5.6: a capable, sharp tele zoom lens that offers a range of 80-300mm (35mm equivalent); it’s light, small and it still works great after several years of use; I have both the “ED MSC” and the “R” versions.
    • Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8: this premium prime lens is incredibly affordable for the sharp focus and creamy bokeh that it gives; it can also be used for video.
    • Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II: a light, small, sharp super tele zoom lens that offers a range of 150-600mm (35mm equivalent).
    • Olympus 15mm f8 body cap lens: an inexpensive daytime/pinhole lens.
    • Olympus Macro Converter MCON-PO2: a wonderful and inexpensive screw-on adapter that decreases the minimum focal distance for the 14-42mm lens, the 17mm lens, the 25mm lens and the 45mm lens. Definitely recommended, I use it all the time for flower photography.
    • Olympus Wide Angle Converter WCON-P01: a simple way to increase the range of your kit 14-42mm lens to 11 mm at the wide end. This is the inexpensive way to do it. The next step after this would be to buy the 9-18mm wide-angle zoom or the 7-14mm ultra-wide zoom, both of which are much more expensive than the adapter plus the kit lens put together.
  • Flashes: 

My Canon gear:

  • Cameras: 
    • Canon EOS 7D: introduced on September 1, 2009; a workhorse that I use for both photograph and filmmaking.
    • Canon EOS 60D: introduced on August 26, 2010; same as the 7D, but it’s not weatherproof and it’s slower; on the plus side, it does have a flip-out screen.
    • Canon EOS 5D: introduced on August 22, 2005; my first full frame camera and first 12 megapixel camera; it opened up a new world for me, because it was such a capable camera and it could match my demands. I still use it and love it.
  • Lenses: 
  • Flashes: 

If you’d like to see all of the cameras I’ve had and used over time, then you’re invited to browse through this list. Also see my reviews, where I’ve talked about some of this gear in detail.