Photography: Kit


My current kit consists of:

  • Olympus OMD EM5 body
    • M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 Telephoto Prime
    • M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 Wide Prime
    • M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm f3.5-6.3
    • M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm f2.8 PRO
    • M.Zuiko Digital 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens
    • M.Zuiko Digital 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II

My reviews:

As a pre-warning, I have no camera knowledge at all (as you can see from the below ramble), so as a pre-warning, these reviews will be small, show off a few photos and just be my ramble about them.

Ramble below:

When I was a kid, we had a Konica Minolta Advantix Panoramic camera that I loved to death. I think I was about nine when we got it, and my parents trusted me with it – other than getting to take it along on school camps, which was probably wise. It had three image sizes and panorama came in so handy. My uncle got married and we took mostly better photos that day and night than the hired photographer did.

Jump ahead ten years. When I started working full time, a friend’s husband’s brother worked for Canon, and he got me set up with a very base level camera – Canon EOS 400D Digital to be specific, and after a year or so I spent a few hundred on a very excellent Tamron 18-270mm 1:3.5-6.3 lens which I hardly ever swapped out, and it accompanied me through England, Japan, Singapore and all around Australia.

Then it got mould within the body and lens (the joys of living in the tropics, and the fact I didn’t keep it in a dry box), and I was heartbroken. I didn’t know how to use cameras – I didn’t (and still don’t) understand ISO and aperture and so on – I just knew which buttons and knobs would make the picture better if I tinkered around a bit.

After a lot of research, I bought an Olympus OMD EM5 – this was back in 2012 or so. The kit lens it came with was the M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 – weathersealed, as is the camera body, so at least mould shouldn’t be a problem with this one! Only I could barely use it. Like I said earlier, I knew what buttons did what on the canon, but that didn’t help much with an entirely new camera.

I was also ill a lot, and barely travelled. The camera lay dormant for quite some time.

That was until Nat at natslaptaps got the same camera as me, and from there it’s been so excellent to work out which are the best lenses to have for what we want to do, and go out on photowalks together!


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