The Photo Gear I Own and Use and LOVE.
I have had many requests to add a page that lists all of the gear I own and use, and why I chose a particular camera or lens. So, here it is! A listing of what camera gear I own and use on a daily basis. When and if it changes, I will change it here. Can one man own too many cameras? NEVER! Especially a guy whose career for the last 11 years is reviewing cameras. ; ) YES this has been my full time ‘job” for 11 years so in reality, my gear collection below is quite small. Enjoy!
But I am not a collector. I only keep what I feel are the best available FOR ME, my needs and my passions. I do not always own the latest or greatest but what I feel has lasting power for years to come.
THE CANON EOS-R
My new #1 goto for basically all I do and enjoy with photography. Nope, I didn’t get a free camera nor do I have any contacts as Canon nor did I go to Hawaii to test it ; ) I paid for this in full, with tax, with my own hard earned cashola. Why? Well, bottom line is that this is an awesome camera for some, (but not for all) and for ME. I enjoy it as it fits my needs perfectly. It gives me the color I prefer in images by far over others, it gives me the fastest AF for photo and video, it has a swivel screen which works great for video and making changes quickly and easily to settings (touch screen), it offers amazing unique and fast lenses with super IQ, it has the best EVF in the business next to the Leica SL below, it has an organic quality to the files that Canon is famous for and shoots killer 180HD video. It also works well with Leica M lenses via adapter. Nope, doesn’t have two card slots (do not need them), doesn’t have sensor shift IBIS (nope don’t need it but the in body EIS is quite good), and yes it crops in 4K (I never shoot 4K, do not need it). So this camera beats the competition in AF, color, usability, feel, and control for ME. Heck, it is almost my perfect camera for what I do and shoot. It’s a photographers camera, and a cool one at that. I enjoy a camera when it is easy to use, just works, and gives me the quality I look for. It has to have great AF and usability, and the EOS-R rocks it in this area but the IQ and color is beautiful, and the 50 1.2 RF is stunning up there with the best 50mm lenses offered. I had a 6DII for a bit and this EOS-R is quite the jump up in all areas. BUT, if you need full frame 4K, dual card slots and IBIS then skip this one.
THE LEICA SL
The M10 is out again as I have realized that since I have owned the Leica SL twice now, I have bee spoiled by the experience, the feel, the quality and that EVF. I love using the SL with M lenses, old and new and I missed it dearly AGAIN, which tells me it is meant to be in my hands, as I am very happy when an SL is in my hands. I prefer this over ANY other camera today for daily walk around photos using M lenses and I do prefer it to an M10 today (due to my aging eyes).
THE HASSELBLAD X1D
What an amazing camera. All I can say. This guy is small, light, yet the best designed and feeling camera I have ever held in my hands. Yes indeed! The design? Best I have seen. The ergonomics? Best I have ever held and beats all cameras here on this list for feel and ergonomics. The user interface? Brilliant. Lovely camera, for ANY use besides action or sports of course. IQ is special but this is a pricey camera and not for everyone. If it speaks to your heart, take a look at one of these and see what you think!
The Olympus EM1 MKII
The flagship from Olympus. I still own it, and have since it has been launched. A lovely camera with amazing speed, versatility and quality. IMO, the best M 4/3 camera you can buy if you want the best of the best for this format. As of September 2018 it is still a killer camera with amazing micro 4/3 quality.