Oly Love
Oly Love

I got serious about photography in February 2013. I received an award at work and put the money towards my pride-and-joy (well, apart from my puppy and my car!). I always find it interesting to learn what gear people use, so I thought I would post my list:

  • Olympus OMD EM5 micro four thirds camera – I love this camera.  It’s small and light, which means it goes with me wherever I go. The image quality is great and it does a wonderful job of capturing colour.
  • M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 prime lens – this is almost permanently attached to my camera.  It’s small, can shoot wide open and produces pretty nice images. It’s a 35mm equivalent if you’re talking full-frame cameras.  It’s been my go-to lens.
  • M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 prime lens – wow, what a beautiful lens. It’s my newest addition and it’s stunning. It might become my go-to lens.
  • M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro prime lens – what a superb lens. It doesn’t see as much action because unless I’m doing macro, I have to get a long way from my subject.  However, for portraits, it is exquisite.
  • M. Zuiko 14-42mm zoom (kit) lens. This lens is pretty good, but not the quality of my 2 prime lenses.
  • M. Zuiko 40-150mm zoom (kit) lens.  Not as good as the primes, but still good for zoom.
  • Hot shoe kit flash – I don’t use this very often either, but I do know that I need to learn more about shooting with flash!
  • Of course, I would be LOST without my iPhone 6 and my iPhone 5s (work phone) which are almost always with me.  I took the header image on this page with my old 4s.

I don’t carry the zoom lenses as a rule, unless I think I will need them.  I find that I can cover most things with my 3 primes, and they are lovely.

x desleyjane

11 replies on “My Gear

  1. I viewed about five or six videos on YouTube about your camera and some of the lens you can use with his four thirds camera. Everything I read or viewed was awesome, albeit the price is a bit on the steep side. Amazon is selling the body for $799; with a 12-50mm f/3.5 EZ zoom lens, the price escalates to $1,299.00. Unfortunately this price range is outside of my radar screen.

    Anyway it’s a pleasure to enjoy your pictures. Plan to return as much as possible.

    Best of luck,


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    1. Hi Omar. I am indeed very lucky to have this camera. I was at my last workplace for almost 10 years and they had a referral program there – if we recommended a new employee who was consequently hired and passed their probation period, then we received a bonus. I recommended our new imaging specialist and waited through a 6 month probation period in order to get the bonus so that I could buy this very special camera. It’s certainly more than I would have spent otherwise but I am so very happy with it, it’s easy to use, fairly compact and with the right lenses can take exquisite photos.
      I am so glad you enjoy my photos, I enjoy yours as well. If you have time, please join us in one of these challenges, it’s great fun and I’ve met some very talented people this way.
      Cheers, desleyjane.

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  2. Hi! I love my Oly too! I appreciate that you have listed your gear. I have an Oly Pen E-PM2, and recently upgraded to the Oly OM-D E-M10. It’s great to see your perspective of the various lenses. Something I will look forward to when I add to my gear. Your photographs are absolutely wonderful!

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