The Kit List

Here's a list of the kit I use, along with links to Amazon where you can check current prices and buy.

The cameras

As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you.  As a keen photographer I've a few camera's in my collection and each has it's pros and cons:

Olympus OM-D E-M1.  This is main camera and I love it for its small and lightweight body which makes it ideal for carrying around on my travels without the back ache that usually comes with DSLR cameras.  Even in this small form factor the images are stunning and features like wifi connectivity and weather proofing make it the best camera I've ever owned.

Olympus Pen E-PL3.  The lenses (see below) for the main camera also fit this back up camera.  It has far less features than the E-M1, but is fine for use in an emergency.

HTC One M8.  Sometimes a great photographic opportunity presents itself and the only camera to hand is the one built into my mobile phone.  The photos aren't the best, but because it runs the Android operating system it can run some cool apps for specialist effects, such as the Lapse It Pro app which I use for creating time lapse movies

Samsung Galaxy Camera.  This compact camera with wifi and 3G runs Android, just like my mobile phone and the photos are great in good conditions.  

The lenses

My Olympus cameras both use the Micro Four Thirds lens range available from a range of manufacturers.  The Olympus bodies have a 2x crop factor, this means that to get a comparison with a full frame camera you have to double the focal length of the lens (so the 60mm lens is a 120mm equivalent, the 7.5mm lens is a 15mm equivalent).  In my lens collection are the following lenses:

Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm.  This lens is great for day-to-day use, it's modest zoom range makes it great for most occasions. 

Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm.  This lens has an equivalent zoom of 300mm making it good for getting close up from far away.  

Olympus Zuiko 60mm Macro.  This lens is designed for macro photography, getting really detailed photos close up.  It's also good for portrait photos.

Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye.   This lens is very wide angle, great for photos indoors when you want to capture a lot.

The tripod

Tripods are essential for getting steady shots, especially in low light conditions.

3 Legged Thing - Brian.   No, I've not gone mad, this tripod is actually called Brian.  Brian is a carbon fibre legged tripod, meaning it's really light.  The legs also fold in a clever way so that it's compact when not in use.  One of the legs also comes off to make a monopod.

Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom.  GorillaPod tripods are very flexible and robust, and can be bent to attached to almost anything.  I often use them grab onto rocks for taking photos.  This one is robust enough to handle the weight of an DSLR camera, and is more than capable of holding steady any of my cameras.

Joby GorillaPod Original.  This is a smaller GorillaPod, ideal for holding my Samsung Galaxy Camera or the GoPro.

The other toys

For some photographs I need to make use of some other toys in my camera bag, and the camera bag itself!

Camera bag(s) - I use a Lowepro Event Messenger bag most of the time, and a Lowepro Fastpack bag when I need to take everything!

Filters - I mostly use Cokin filters.

Spare batteries - For spare batteries I look for Expro batteries (usually from Amazon) which are safe to use.

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