My Photography Gear

20th March 2016

One of the many questions I get all the time is: “What camera do you use?”

Actually, for professional photographers, the camera isn’t so much of the star, but rather the lens. Once you have invested yourself in a decent camera body system, you don’t really need to change the camera much, but end up investing in lenses for different purposes.

In my case, I have been a huge fan of the Micro Four Thirds format camera and lenses from Olympus and Panasonic ever since they first started.

My go to camera for the past 5 years had been the Olympus OMD E-M5, along with a Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens. This is the equivalent of a 50mm on a 35mm lens format, and is said to be the closest focal length of the human eye, which means that whatever you see on the camera is very close to what you see with your eyes.

Last year though, I decided to upgrade my camera to an Olympus OMD E-M5 Mark II body, primarily because I needed an extra body for my travelling, so I could swap between wide angle and street lens (the 25mm).

It was a superb purchase, because the 5-axis optical stabilization on the Olympus E-M5 Mark II has vastly improved over the Mark I, along with a high resolution swivel LCD screen, the same light weight, weather-sealed goodness.

My current trinity of lenses are:

  1. The Zuiko 25mm f1.8 as my street lens and is a perfect lens for food photos.
  2. The Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 Pro as my wide angle lens for sweeping landscape and interior shots
  3. The Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 Pro as my telephoto zoom lens

Although the latter 2 lenses are quite big and heavier in weight, their image quality and focal length far supercedes their weight, and cover basically most scenarios.

Before I got the 7-14mm, I was also using a Zuiko 12mm f2.8 prime lens, which was a decent wide angle and super small and lightweight.

All that said, gear is only half of what is required of a great photo. The other half really lies in the hands of the photographer. I have seen many photos taken with an iPhone that looked better than many DSLR shots, because they had superior image composition. That, will be another story for another day.

Something worth noting is that for my trifecta lens’s utility, if you were to achieve the same focal lengths and aperture on a DSLR, it would cost much more in price, and also weight. The key difference is that on good DSLRs, the image quality is, indeed, better.

Author: Fred Lin

Fred "The Shanghai Kid" Lin was born in Singapore, and grew up in a family of foodies and home-cooks. He moved to Shanghai in 2007 and fell in love with the city, eventually carving a self-made career out of digital media design and development. He founded The Shanghai Kid food blog in 2013, and opened an award-winning Singaporean restaurant in 2014, which won CityWeekend's Outstanding Southeast Asian restaurant of the year in 2016. In 2017, he decided to reboot, and shut down all his businesses in Shanghai before moving back to Singapore with his wife. Fred plans to immigrate to Melbourne in the near future.

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