The difference between Serious Photographer sites and Amateur ones, apart from the fact that the Serious ones always use exactly the same black text on white background minimalist template with huge long lists of their accomplishments, featuring many complicated words, and hard to navigate galleries, is that Serious Photographers never, ever, discuss gear. It’s so demeaning, darling.
So, although I generally don’t much care what camera was used for a particular photo, here’s my gear list for general background info.
Being congenitally incapable of making a sensible decision, and although up to then I was a Canon FD user, I chose to go with Olympus digital cameras early on, since they offered a highly attractive combination of below-average performance for above-average price, and I’ve stuck with them ever since. I started out with an Olympus E-1, in 2004, and have stayed with Olympus ever since. Back then, it was that or a Canon (10D I think), therefore following my usual avoidance of the sensible choice, I went for the E-1. Having said that, in terms of handling the E-1 is probably the best I’ve ever used. The feel and ergonomics were superb. I’m pretty sure that 90% of the people who actually picked one up bought it. But, in the day when everybody else had 6Mpix, this had only 5, and it was expensive. Olympus was also very slow to follow up, and basically had to try again 7 years later with Micro Four Thirds. However, since in recent years Olympus cameras have been getting more popular and sensible, I’ve also added a couple of totally nuts Sigma Foveon cameras to my toy box.
My current main system:
- Olympus PEN E-P5
- Olympus PEN-EP3 converted to IR
- Olympus 12mm f2.0, 17mm 1.8, 45mm 1.8, 75mm 1.8, 14-42mm pancake zoom, 40-150mm zoom
- Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.8
- Ricoh GR (I’ve owned and used Ricoh GR series cameras since the late 1990s)
- Sigma DP2 Merrill
- Sigma DP3 Merrill
- Olympus E-400
- Olympus 12-60mm zoom, 50-200SWD zoom, 50mm macro
Generally I don’t use film for the sake of using film, but because the cameras I want to use take it. I’ve never “gone back to film”, because I’ve never stopped using it.
On active duty
- Hasselblad XPan II with 30mm, 45mm and 90mm lenses
- Voigtlander Bessa III 667
- Olympus OM4Ti with Zuiko 35mm, 75mm and 35 Shift lenses
- Plustek Opticfilm 120 medium format film scanner
Ricoh GR1S, Minox 35ML, Canon A1