What's In Michael's Camera Bag?
An Every-Changing Assortment of Tools and Toys
Whenever someone asks me what camera I'm working with I always have to stop and think. Not that I'm becoming senile, and can't remember, it's just that I receive so many cameras for testing that I seem to always have something new in my bag. Such is the pain of being a professional reviewer. :-)
But in addition to the cameras that I have around for a few weeks for evaluation, I own quite a few camera systems of my own so that I have a set of lenses and accessories for many of the major systems.
Alpa STC and Phase One IQ180
I've been a Phase One medium format back user for many years. These days my IQ180 has lived on an Alpa STC camera and I use it when I set out to shoot landscapes exclusively, and the slow contemplative style of working is what I have in mind.
There's no doubt in my mind that the Nikon D800 offers the best bang for the buck when it comes to image quality of any camera. This strong statement needs to be qualified by saying that this is a qualified position that doesn't take into account all factors, just those that are important to me. Hey, it's my money, and I choose what to spend it on.
Over the years I have put together a very extensive range of top quality Nikon glass, and this is one of the things that ties me into the system. So long as Nikon continuous to produce high quality top-of-the-line cameras, it looks like I'll remain a happy Nikon user.
Fuji X-Pro 1
I find the X-Pro 1 to be one of the most enjoyable cameras to shoot with. This may be because it's controls are traditional and straightforward to use. The lenses are also of extremely high quality. I believe that Fuji will become a dominant player in the Compact System camera segment over the coming years, and so its worthwhile for me to have be famiar with their flagship products.
Olympus OM-D E-M1
The new E-M1 is my current darling for light weight travel. I have put together a large collection of FT and MFT lenses over the years, and used them on various Olympus and Panasonic cameras. The E-M1 is simply the latest camera in this segment, and when they started to ship in early October, 2013 I couldn't resist adding one to my collection.
It's been a while since I've worked with my NEX-7. For a long time it was a favourite small camea and I have a good selection of lenses for it. I'll be looking forward to what comes next from Sony.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5K MFT and Pocket Camera
In addition to travel and training videos being a large part of our business, I am personally very involved in shooting video for creative purposes. The new Black Magic cameras and their ability to shoot raw video are a breakthrough and a revelation.