After owning various film cameras from the age of 14, I made the decision to sell my motorcycle, and used the cash to buy a Nikon D70.  As my last film camera was also a Nikon I had compatible lenses, but I chose Nikon based on the feel of the camera and the ergonomics.  From the D70 I moved to a D200, and then to D7100.  On the way I added lenses and filters and both tripod and monopod.

Then last year (which at the time of writing was 2016) I came to the conclusion that this was all getting way too heavy (as in weighed a lot, not as in “heavy, man”).  After a morning on Wollaton Park with the D7100 and 70-300mm lens, I began to struggle keeping the camera stable, so I started looking at alternatives.  The result was a switch to Olympus, and the micro four thirds format OMD EM5 Mk2.  So now my kit comprises:

  • Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mk2
  • Olympus 25mm f/1.8
  • Olympus 12-100 f/4 PRO
  • Olympus 9-18mm f/4 – 5.6
  • Pana Leica 100-400 f/4 – f/6.3
  • Lee filters 100mm foundation kit
  • Big stopper, Little stopper, polariser, plus ND grads and ND filters
  • 5 in 1 reflector
  • Manfrotto BeFree tripod
  • Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack

Updated to add the EM1/2 🙂

Kit updated December 2 2017 to add in the 100-400 lens for wildlife, and also because I managed to break the Tamron 14-150, and took the plunge to replace it with an Olympus PRO lens, 12-100.

Updated 30 April 2018 with my new backpack. So far loving it…

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