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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L IS: this is my most-used lens on full frame and APS-C cameras; I must have taken over 100,000 exposures with it.
- Canon EF 50mm f1.4: this lens creates such a pretty, creamy bokeh and is very affordable for a full frame lens.
- Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS: an affordable telephoto zoom that can also be used on Canon’s cropped sensor cameras.
- Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro: a great macro lens that can also be used as a prime tele lens.
- Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5: a great wide zoom for APS-C cameras.
- Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS: a wonderful and affordable mid-range zoom with a wide, constant aperture for APS-C cameras; I use it for both photography and video.