My Gear

Camera Bodies:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8 Digital Lens (Black):
Olympus 45mm f1.8 (Black)

Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f2.8 Macro Digital ED Lens:
Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro M.ZUIKO Digital ED lens

Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 PRO Digital ED Lens:

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO Digital Lens:

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4 IS PRO Lens:

Olympus 1.4x M.Zuiko Digital Teleconverter:

Olympus HLD-9 Power Battery Holder (for E-M1 Mark II):
Olympus BLH-1 Li-ion Battery (for E-M1 Mark II):

Flash and Lighting:
Olympus STF-8 Macro Flashgun:

Two – Cactus RF60 Wireless Flashes:
Cactus RF60 Flash-2
Cactus V6 Wireless Flash Transceiver:
Cactus v6 Wireless TX-RX-2
Manfrotto ML840H Maxima LED Panel:
Manfrotto ML840H Maxima LED Panel - front

Flash and Lighting Accessories:
Canon OC-E3 Flash Off-Camera Shoe Cord:
Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord
Although this is made by Canon it also works with Fuji and Olympus/Panasonic cameras as the extra communication pins all align.
Manfrotto 5001B Nano Stand
WEXPro 3m Air-cushioned Lighting Stand (from WEX Photographic)
Manfrotto MN026 Lite Tite Swivel Adapter x2
Frio Coldshoe Adapter V2 (Don’t use this anymore
Honl Speed Strap x2
Honl HP-Filter 2 Colour Correction Kit
Honl Filter Roll Up (case for above Filters)
Rogue Flashbender (Small)
Wescott 43″ Optical White Satin Umbrella with removable Black Cover x2
Studio Clip with Spigot and 1/4” Screw and Rubber Protector Cover (from Amazon)
Neewer 43″ 5-in-1 Reflector (from Amazon)

Other Accessories:
Hama Timer Remote Release DCC System Base:
Hama DCCS Base Timer

Hama Wireless Remote Release DCC System:
Hama Wireless Remote DCCS System

I also have the following accessory cable for the above device as follows:
Hama DCCS System CA1 (Canon 2.5mm connection) Connection Adapter for Canon and Olympus cameras

Kirk PZ-3 Universal Quick Release Camera Plate 1 3/4in x 1 3/4in:
Kirk PZ-3 Plate

Really Right Stuff BH-55 Full Size Ball-head for LR:

Gitzo Tripod 1348 Carbon Fibre Tripod – this is a series 3 systematic version that has been discontinued. It has 4 leg sections and is a fantastic tripod.
Manfrotto Neotec Monopod with safety lock (Model 685B) Click here for details
Manfrotto 482 Micro ballhead Click here for details of its replacement the 492

Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Joby Ball Head BH1 Kit:
Joby Ballhead X for GorillaPod Focus:

ThinkTANK AirPort Airstream
ThinkTank Airport-Airstream

LowePro Urban Photo Sling 250:
Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 250

LowePro Stealth Reporter D650 AW:
Lowepro Stealth Reporter D650AW

LowePro Nova 200AW:
Lowepro Nova AW 200

LowePro Top Loader 75AW:
Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW

Kata DR-466i Digital Rucksack:

There are other bags as well, too many to mention!

Other miscellaneous items:
I exclusively shoot on Lexar and SanDisk SD Cards.

The fastest are my Lexar 2000x (300MB/sec) UHS-II SD cards, they are all 32GB; these are required for the full boost speed that the UHS-II slot of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

These cards come with a comapct USB3 Card Reader that is faster than my existing Sandisk USB3 Dual Shot Reader

I also have a mixture of 32GB and 16GB SanDisk Extreme Pro (95MB/sec) UHS-I SD cards too but these are only to be used in cases where the UHS-II cards are all full. The SanDisk cards are faster than some of the other UHS-II cards that are available too.
Sandisk Extreme 16GB SDHC card

Computing devices :
This is a custom built Ivy-bridge based i7 desktop PC running at 4.1GHz; to this I have added 2x8GB DIMMS to give me 16GB RAM (I can upgrade this to 32GB should the need arise). The operating system and applications use a Corsair 512GB SSD and there is a 5TB Western Digital Caviar Black drive for my data; there is also an on-board 1TB drive for local backups and installation files. As I also play games on the computer there is an over-clocked ASUS Nvidia 670 (with 2GB) graphics card too (I suspect that I will have to upgrade this to a GTX980Ti in the not too distant future), the card came from Scan and a link to their site is here.

15″ Macbook Pro Retina with touchbar (2.6GHz quad-core i7 CPU, 16GB ram, 1TB SSD, 4GB Radeon Pro 460 GPU):

Computer Accessories
I also have two DELL 24” U2410 Monitors, these were both purchased from Scan computers (cheaper than buying from Dell directly), the link to their website is here.

Calibration Device:
I use and X-rite i1 Display Pro to calibrate both the iMac’s display as well as the DELL 24” monitor, I purchased my device from WEX Photographic; this replaced an older device (made by Gretag Macbeth) and costs around £158. Click the link here to purchase one from WEX. A link to X-Rite’s website for the i1Display Pro is here.

There are multiple external hard drives ranging from 500GB to 8TB (USB2 and USB3) in use for multiple backups. Whilst some of these are “plumbed into” the PC, the others are used to create an off-site backup.

I also have an external LaCie 8TB (dual 4TB when mirrored) external drive but this cannot be connected to the PC as it only has a thunderbolt port. Until I can upgrade the mother board to one that supports Thunderbolt (most new ones do directly or support a thunderbolt port) this will have to stay in the cupboard.

I also use a variety of cloud services for storage of various files; this includes Microsoft’s OneDrive as well Dropbox; I am also looking into Googles Google-drive too.

Wacom Intuos 4 (A4) tablet, although this has been superseded by the Intuos 4 wireless and the Intuos 5 tablets it is still a very good device and is invaluable when fine detailed work is required.

Apple iPad (3rd generation aka “The new iPad”); click here for details. Since the update to iOS6 (now on iOS8) the screen seems even brighter and more radiant, this is my primary mobile device when the iPhone’s screen is too small. Apple iPad Camera connection kit: click here for details. Very useful if you have no access to a PC and need to get a photo or two onto the iPad for upload or modification. However, this too is starting to show its age and I am starting to look into a newer tablet; I’m not convinced that I will replace this with another iPad.

Adobe LightRoom CC – this is my main tool for cataloguing and modification of photos and is now part of my Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers subscription which also includes Photoshop CC and Bridge. I don’t use Photoshop much but it is an invaluable when more manipulative work is required.

I also have two plug-ins for Photoshop/LightRoom; the first is Google’s “Nik Software Suite” which is now owned by Google and although it has been updated occasionally I am not sure of its future. The second plug-in which I rarely use now is “PhotoKit Sharpener 2.0” by Pixel Genius – this is still the best Sharpening work flow tool although some of the technology is now present in LightRoom.

Finally, (on the photo editing front) I also use HDRSoft Photomatix Pro (v5) for my HDR work, this can be used as a plug-in with Photoshop and LightRoom but I prefer to use this as a stand-alone tool.

I continue to use Office 365, this gives me access to the entire MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note, Publisher and Access), extra 1.2TB OneDrive storage and gives you 5 cross-platform licenses (Windows and Mac) as well as access to the iOS versions of office too.

Wish list:

  • Replace Cactus units with 3x Nissin i60 and Air Commander
  • Second OM-D Body (E-M1 MarkII preferred but most likely a second-hand E-M5 MarkII)
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm f4 PRO Lens
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 8mm f1.8 PRO Digital ED Fisheye Lens
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