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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.

Having said that I’ve always been indecisive, and I’ve explored alternatives. Principal amongst these is the Ricoh GR line.  I’ve been using these ever since I bought my first Ricoh GR (film camera) to take on a trip to Venezuela a Very Long Time ago. I’ve also felt that in some circumstances the Micro Four Thirds cameras deliver slightly frustrating results. I tried to augment these with Sigma Foveon cameras, but again these have too many limitations, although in the right circumstances they deliver truly beautiful results.  So, eventually, because life is too short and I am financially irresponsible, I got into to the Hasselblad X Medium Format system. Which is great. But still ... maybe Olympus (or OM System as it is today) is still easily enough for me.

My current main system:

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
  • Too many Olympus m.Zuiko lenses
  • Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.8

Posts tagged with “olympus”

Backing cast:


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
  • Olympus OM-4Ti
  • Plustek Opticfilm 120 medium format film scanner

Posts tagged with “film”