Camera gear


What's in my Bag?

Digital cameras

Olympus OM-D E-M5 (see above).
iphone X (my oh sh1t, i forgot my camera, camera). These phones are brilliant in good light.


Left to Right: Olympus 45mm f1.8 | Leica 25mm f1.4 | Olympus 75mm f1.8 | Panasonic 7-14mm F4.

Not featured: Panasonic 20mm f1.7 | Voigtlander 42.5mm f0.95

  1. Without filters / hoods – vertical size comparison.
  2. Without filters / hoods – lens size comparison. (as featured on Flickr Explore).
    Micro 4/3 lens porn.
  3. With hoods – vertical size comparison.
  4. With hoods – view from above.



I’m experimenting with:

  • two high end SLRs – the Nikon FM3A and the Pentax LX
  • two high end compact film cameras – the Contax T2 and Ricoh GR1V

All bought on ebay and inspired from this article by Ming Thien. I’m mainly using Kodak Porta 400 or Ilford HP5 film. Film is not cheap, neither is developing and scanning.

More on progress here and here.


Nikon FM3A

This is my favourite over the Pentax LX – faster quieter shutter (1/4000s v 1/2000s), better quality build  and better viewfinder (rangefinder like approach, which really works well for all manual cameras).

Nikon FM3A camera porn

Pentax LX

The advantages of the LX over the FM3A are:
(a) Cheaper body
(b) Cheaper and possibly better glass



Contax T2

I really like this camera. It’s beautifully constructed, looks amazing and has a brilliantly clear view-finder.



Smaller than the Contax T2. I’ve been throwing this into my bike bag for the commute. See here for a review.



Footprint wrist strap


The UK alternative to the Gordy straps – handmade and sold direct on ebay. Great value for money.


Olympus FL600r

link to Olympus site description.

After less than one month and limited use, the flash developed sync issues and would no longer work direct from the Hot Shoe – it would only work in remote mode. I sent it back to Olympus for repair – and to their credit they replaced it quickly.

I’ve only ever used it indoor for product shots, and for that purpose it’s been great.

Decent review on youtube here.


Billingham Hadley Pro, Khaki Canvas & Billingham LARGE Pro, BLACK FIBERNITE



These handmade in britain bags are awesome. I also use them as work bags. Link to the billingham site – can buy direct.

hadley pro-2

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  1. What do you think about the GF1? Do you still use it much, beyond ultra wide angles with the 7-14? What about the Om-D as an upgrade from the GF1? I’ve been shooting with the GF1 for years, and I just bought the fuji x100. I also got the chrome barton braid, and can’t wait to try it out. Well, the strap is just the beginning of the fancy accessories that I got. It’s incredible what we’ll spend on this hobby. But do damn well worth it , Yes? 🙂

    1. The GF1 got me excited about photography, so consequently i have a fair bit of nostalgia for the camera, but since I got the E-M5 it’s been consigned to the shelf. The E-M5 is so much better in so many ways.

      When i first bought the 7-14mm, landscapes were my thing, and I thought this would be the primary use. I’ve subsequently discovered the ‘merge to panorama’ tool in photoshop which means i no longer ‘need’ the lens for landscapes (because i can quiclky stitch together multiple pics from my other lenses). My primary use for the 7-14mm is now shots in close confined quarters, which you couldn’t really take with any other lens. E.g. There is a huge difference between the 7mm wide angle and the 9mm and 12mm alternatives for m4/3, for this reason I’d choose this lens for wide angle over the Olympus alternatives.

      I bought the Panasonic Leica 25mm f 1.4 in November 2012, and the olympus 75mm f 1.8 lens in December 2012, and these are currently the lenses i use the most. If I had to start from scratch the 75mm would be the first lens i would buy. It is out of this world amazing. Simply can’t live without it.

      And yes, I don’t regret a penny I’ve spent to date!

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