Inspired by a feature on Japanese Camera Hunter’s blog – ‘In Your Bag’ – I thought I would do a kit shot.
This is all the kit I am using for my 365 project:
Here we have:
- MacBook Pro 17 inch
- Lexar card reader (and pouch it’s kept in)
- WD My Passport 500 GB external hard drive which houses my iPhoto library (and pouch it’s kept in)
- iPad mini (plus case)
- Olympus Pen Ep-1 with Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm lens attached
- Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm zoom lens
- Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens
- lightning to SD card cable (for iPad mini)
- polarising filter for the 14-42mm lens
- spare battery
- 8GB SDHC card (I have a spare as well)
- Lowepro Streamline 100 camera bag (fits camera, lenses, spare battery, spare memory card and very little else)
- husband’s Fuji Finepix F100 (which I keep borrowing as I don’t have a point and shoot)
- Yashica ST-7 table top tripod
- Olympus cable release
I think that’s everything. Here’s a close up of the main kit:
I love love love the EP-1. I know there are newer and better cameras out there but I find it so easy and intuitive to use and a real pleasure to take pictures with. All these shots were taken with my husband’s main camera, which is a Fuji Finepix HS30 EXR, and it’s a beast of a piece of kit. Much heavier than my EP-1 (and more complicated if you ask me!). The 40-150mm zoom is an amazing lens due to just how light it is. You really wouldn’t believe just how light!* All I need now is slightly steadier hands… I’ve not quite worked out the benefit of the pancake lens yet, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it eventually. I maybe just need to do a bit more reading on its uses. The Yashica ST-7 tripod, (which I got because my dad has one that I coveted. Dad’s used to belong to his uncle who was a singer who we think used it as a mic stand), is a great addition for some of the indoors shots I’m doing. Here is an example of me using it and the cable release (working on day 19’s photo):
I had to hold it steady as it does over balance a little with the camera on the side like that on the carpet, but it’s invaluable for low light, close up, indoors shots. I don’t often use a tripod outside – I probably should – but when I do I just nick my husband’s.
Here’s another shot of that lovely EP-1 and its lenses:
I have always been an Olympus girl (because my dad got me my first proper camera, an OM10, and he is an Olympus man) – it’s funny how you pick one brand and stick to it (my husband is a Fuji guy). I feel in a minority though as most people seem to have Nikons or Canons. But I wouldn’t swap my Pen. Unless you gave me something super top of the range… But even then, it would be a wrench! Who wouldn’t want one of these lovely retro, light and compact cameras??
*I just weighed it on the kitchen scales: 202g, (7 1/4 oz). That is LIGHT for a zoom lens!