Recommended Gear

Equipment

My trusted cameras in the field are the Olympus OMD EM1 MKII and the EM10 MKII. For street work in and around NYC I also use the Olympus PEN F. In late 2015, I switched from a Canon Full Frame body to a smaller, more portable micro four-thirds mirrorless system. Although larger sensors have their benefits, I find the ability to carry a lightweight system to be invaluable, especially for my travel photography. The image quality is outstanding, and this has translated into more creative work, and increased image sales. This flexibility along with post-production tools such as Adobe Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure make it possible to enhance images in ways that are true to the actual scene.   

The Pen F is one of my favorite cameras, and the one that gets carried with me most often. With its creative art filters, monochrome modes, and 20 megapixel sensor, it has a full set of features in a super portable and stylish package. 

The EM1 MKII is a small powerhouse of a camera. It's the body I use most for wildlife and sports photography. With an amazing autofocus system and blazing speed, it's possible to capture the decisive moment even in high-speed action situations. With a weatherproof body, it can withstand even the most demanding conditions. The comfortable grip also provides excellent ergonomics when using longer telephoto lenses. 

The OMD EM10 MKII is the most underrated camera in the Olympus line. It may not be as fast as the OMD EM1 MKII, but it's perfect for capturing scenics and landscape photography. Many of my favorite images from Iceland were captured with this body. 

 

At just 0.26 pounds, the Olympus 17mm f1.8 is a lightweight phenom of a lens. With a classic 34mm equivalent focal length, it's ideal for city and street scenes. It's unobtrusive size makes it easy to blend in, and shoot without drawing unwanted attention. At f1.8 there is enough light to shoot in lowlight conditions while also creating super shallow depth of field. This lens is a constant companion to my Olympus Pen F. 

Perhaps my most used lens, the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro is capable of handling just about anything. It's sharp, focuses fast, and while not a macro lens, has surprisingly good close-up capability. With an equivalent focal range of 24-80mm, this is a travel photographer's dream lens. Good things can come in small packages and this lens proves it. Built to last, this has a weatherproof design, making it usable even in the rain. 

If you're looking for an ultra sharp telephoto lens, you'll be hard pressed to find a better option than the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro. With an equivalent focal length of 80-300mm, this is the perfect telephoto lens for wildlife, birds in flight, aviation, and sports photography. Believe it or not, it also doubles as an outstanding closeup lens. I've used it to photography insects, flowers, and butterflies with frame-filling success. This is always paired with my OMD EM1 MKII for a super fast combo. 

When a little extra reach is needed, the Olympus 1.4x converter is an outstanding addition to your kit. When paired with the 40-150mm f2.8, this becomes a 420mm f4 at the long end. This makes it powerful enough to capture clear images of distant wildlife and birds.

 
 

A circular polarizer is one of the most important tools you can have in your bag. Not only does it make skies pop, but it eliminates the glare on non-metallic surfaces. For dramatic landscapes, the Hoya CPL is the way to go. 

 

For the last 10+ years, I've used one tripod, the Gitzo 1325 Carbon Fiber model. It has taken a beating and is still in great shape. FInding the right tripod is no easy task as there are a lot of variables to consider. This one was the best balance of stability, weight, and ruggedness. Best of all, there is no center column which makes it really simple to compose from the ground. 

Paired with my Gitzo 1325 is the Kirk BH3 ballhead. I prefer ballheads to the traditional pan and tilt models which are hard to maneuver into position. With the ballhead, you can put the camera in nearly any direction quickly.