Gear

 

Gear is always a personal choice, but here is the gear I use:

Cameras

Olympus OM-D E-M1

I use the Olympus OM-D EM-1 as my primary camera. The camera is a part of the micro four-thirds (m43) format system.  The m4/3 system is a great balance of size and image quality.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

I use the Olympus OM-D E-M5 as my backup camera and travel camera. The E-M5 is a bit smaller than the E-M1, but the autofocus performance is not quite as good.  The image quality is identical to the E-M1.  You can find the OM-D here at Amazon.

Nikon D200

I still use a Nikon D200 for a few things (sports, wildlife, etc.). With my acquisition of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and its improved autofocus performance, the D200 is seeing less use.

Canon S95

When I want to go with a pocketable camera, I use the Canon S95.  It’s a few years old, but you can get the latest S110 version here.

Lenses

My favorite m4/3 and 4/3 lenses are:

Zooms

Olympus 9-18 f/ 4-5.6

Olympus 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 SWD

Panasonic 12-35/ f2.8

Panasonic 35-100/ f2.8

Primes

Panasonic 20mm / f1.7

Panasonic/Leica 25mm/ f1.4

Olympus 45mm / f1.8

Camera Support

I use mostly Gitzo tripods such as the 3531.

For ultralight traveling, I love the Gitzo 0541.  It weighs just 2 lbs and works great with m4/3 gear.

Ballheads, L-plates, etc.

I use Really Right Stuff (RRS) ball heads and plates.  I have several of their ball heads and have their L-plates on all of my cameras.

I use the Wimberly Sidekick with a RRS BH-55 when I break out the big Nikon glass for birds and other wildlife.

Flash Triggers

If you’re looking for flash triggers that work well with the Olympus OM-D, I recommend the Phottix Strato II system.  A review of these triggers is here.

4 thoughts on “Gear

    1. Michael Weeks Post author

      Yes, I still think that the Phottix Strato II’s are great triggers. However, I’ve largely moved to the YongNuo 56o Mark III flashes, which have the triggers built in. Consequently, I don’t use my Strato’s much anymore. I’ll add a review of the YN system sometime in the near future.

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  1. Steven Hopkins

    Dr. Weeks,

    I finally broke down and bought a Panasonic LUMIX G85! I own a Canon 7D mark ii (apc sensor) and Canon 5D mark IV (full frame). Ironically, the G85 will be used for 4K video rather than for static photography. I was really impressed with the 4K video capabilities of the m43 sensor and the lower cost for entry. Under 1k usd, for camera and kit lens. While I mainly use my canon gear for photography, the G85 will supplement my gear for video needs. The main two reason for going m43 over the Sony alpha system, is cost and performance. The Sony system produces great images and video but is prone to overheating while shooting 4K. The G85 does not have overheating issues and produces 4K video matching the Sony. The new Panasonic GH5 was tempting but is still on back order as of March 2017. Oh, nearly forgot, purchased a metabones speed booster adapter for G85. Now, I can use my fast canon lenses on the G85, keeping costs down and options available without starting the downward spiral of buying new lenses again.
    Cheers,
    Steve Hopkins

    Cine 4k video
    https://youtu.be/6ZLmng_nJkM

    Panasonic G85 kit
    https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Mirrorless-Interchangeable-Camera-Kit/dp/B01MXHN32J/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1489424455&sr=8-4&keywords=lumix+g85

    Metabones speed booster
    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=metabone+speedbooster+for+gh4&sprefix=Metabone+spee%2Caps%2C346&crid=2AE72977R7V2Q

    M42 screw mount (for older classic lens)
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LECYVNK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2QQ99TQE2I3YR&coliid=I13WZ815T4JGAN

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    1. Michael Weeks Post author

      Hi Steven,

      Welcome to the micro four-thirds world! The Panasonic cameras are very well-regarded for their video performance. I use Olympus cameras, but have several Panasonic lenses that I love. I have gotten back into the DSLR world recently with a Nikon D500 for shooting sports and wildlife, but I still shoot about 80% of my stuff with the m43 kit.

      It’s good to hear from you,

      mrw

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