The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it. "

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams was dead on with his statement. People constantly keep asking me about the camera and the lenses I am using on my travels. Typically my reply is that you can take great photographs with every device that is capable of taking pictures.


But while I am totally convinced that fancy equipment does not lead to better pictures, it does something else. It motivates people to get out "on the streets" and just use their new stuff. In most cases this will lead to questions about things such as basic camera settings, light, composition and whatsoever. Thus the equipment indirectly influences the quality of the images made. Not because the dynamic range increases by 0.5EV but because it improves the important photographic basics of "the twelve inches behind".


I went a long a way until a ended up with my current gear (which is not close to being technically the best - but it is absolutely sufficient). That's why I will briefly outline what I am currently shooting with and - more importantly - why I ended up with this setup. Hopefully this will ease the decision-making for others.

What am I currently shooting with:

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6

Olympus 25mm 1:1.2

Olympus 75 mm 1:1:8

Former systems used:

Nikon (D5x00, D7x00, D6x0, D750)

Sony Alpha (A7, A7ii)