My digital photo equipment is Olympus. Olympus builds excellent, innovative cameras and superb lenses. Olympus uses a relatively small image sensor which makes all of the cameras and lenses more compact and much lighter than some other brands. As I get older I find weight is an increasing factor in my choice of equipment, and I have not found the small sensor to significanly reduce the image quality.
Film cameras could easily be ugraded by using a better grade of film. That is not true of digital cameras. The image quality is built into the camera. I have upgraded frequently since my first Olympus digital camera in 2002.
I currently have three OM-D series cameras and one Pen series.
- OM-D E-M1 Mark III
- This is the latest version of the E-M1. It was released on February 24th 2020.
- OM-D E-m1 Mark II
- The previous version of the E-M1
- OM-D E-M5 Mark II
- A smaller and lighter camera. The E-M5 has been converted to infrared.
- A very small camera styled after the Olympus Pen-f of the 1960's
As a lens aficionado I have many different lenses that I have acquired over the years. Olympus makes a large selection of high quality lenses. Because of the smaller sensor, lenses are half the size (and about half the weight) of an equivalent 35mm format lens.The lenses I use most (along with the 35mm equivalent) are:
- Zoom Lenses
- Olympus M.Zuiko 12 - 40 mm f/2.8 Pro (24 - 80 equivalent)
- Olympus M.Zuiko 40 - 150 mm f/2.8 Pro (80 - 300 equivalent)
- Olympus M.Zuiko 7 - 14 mm f/2.8 Pro (14 -28 equivalent)
- Olympus M.Zuiko 12 - 100 mm f/4 IS Pro (24 - 200 equivalent)
- Olympus m.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-f/6.3 (200 - 800 equivalent)
- Olympus M.Zuiko 12-200 mm f/3.5-f/6.3 (24 - 400 equivalent)
- Prime Lenses
- Olympus M.Zuiko 17 mm f/1.2 Pro (35 mm equivalent)
- Olympus M.Zuiko 25 mm f/1.2 Pro (50 mm equivalent)
- Olympus M.Zuiko 45 mm f/1.2 Pro (90 mm equivalent)
- Olympus M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 Macro (120 mm equivalent)
Every lens is different. I never carry all of them at the same time.
Although I often try to work with available light, light is not all that available in Seattle much of the year. To supplement the light, I use speedlights small off-camera strobes made by GODOX. The GODOX speedlights work on camera or off camera using built in radio triggering. (The "o" stands for Olympus/Lumix flash connection).
- GODOX TT350o Speedlight
- GODOX TT650o Speedlight
- GODOX V1o Speedlight
- GODOX AD200 Strobe
- GODOX X2To Flash trigger
In summer sun, even in Seattle, I tend to use diffusers and reflectors to make the light softer for flowers and people.
I use an Epson Pro 3880 photo printer that produces archival prints up to 17 inches wide.