In your bag No: 540, Krister Vindenes
A lovely bag for all you Olympus lovers out there. A film and a digital body side by side, you can certainly see the family resemblance. Come and have a look at this great bag from Norway.
I’m Krister Vindenes, a 30-year old IT-consultant from Norway. I started with photography when I got my Canon 300D almost 10 years ago. Since then I’ve pretty much stayed a digital Canon-shooter using various DSLRs – but that was until recently…
I’ve explored many different photography styles as you can see on my Flickr-stream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/krister462/). Lately I’ve taken mostly portraits, studio shots and more documentary shots of family and friends. These I don’t post online though.
As for my bag this is a Wotancraft Scout which I simply can’t praise highly enough. If you want a well made, high quality bag from a highly customer-focused company, you should check out Wotancraft’s selection.
My main camera these days is the Olympus OM-D E-M5. I bought this last summer after reading some great reviews of it, and it was really as great as everyone described it. I ended up selling most of my Canon gear when I got it. On the OM-D I’ve got a Leather Explorer half case which adds a little bit to the grip and a simple but great Gariz neck strap.
The lens attached is the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 which is a great match. It’s small, sharp and reasonably priced. The only drawback is a slower than average autofocus speed in low light, but this is in no way a show-stopper for me.
My second most used lens is the Olympus 45mm f1.8. A brilliant and cheap lens which doesn’t have any drawbacks at all.
The OM-D eats batteries quite fast, but with a couple of spares it’s never a problem.
The Eye-Fi Pro X2 is a brilliant little memory card with built in wifi. This lets me tether wirelessly to my tablet which is great when I want to instantly view my shots on a larger screen – typically when I’m doing studio shots or long exposure landscapes. The OM-D, however, needs a fast speed memory card to be able to shoot and display pictures fast. So, when I don’t need wifi-capabilities I use a Sandisk Extreme Pro-card.
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet is my tablet of choice. This is well built but fairly heavy and expensive. It has got some key features though: A well-working stylus which let me take notes and draw sketches by hand and even do touch-sensitive editing using Photoshop Touch. But more importantly it got a memory card reader and a full-size USB for connecting external hard drives to do backups on the road.
Recently I acquired an Olympus OM-2 SP. For a while now I’ve wanted to try shooting film, and although there are many tempting Leica-cameras out there, the OM-2 seemed like a fairly cheap but great camera. It is well built, has a great viewfinder and a nice selection of lenses that can even be adapted to my digital cameras. My first lens the OM-2 is a Olympus Zuiko 50mm f1.4 as 50mm has always been my favorite focal length. I just love the feel of the camera and the way shooting film with only manual focus forces me to slow down and really think about each shot I take, and finally the excitement of waiting on the results at the end of the film.
On the OM-2 I’ve got a leather half case to try to preserve the camera scratch free and a Gordy’s strap which is, as the Gariz strap on the OM-D, simple but great.
My films of choice so far have been Fujicolor Pro 400h and the Kodak 400TX black and white.
Lastly the Canon VPS lens cloth is just a reminder of my Canon days. I still have a Canon 5D mk2 with a Canon 50mm f1.4 which I use when I want to get really shallow depth of field digitally. This is stored in a Wotancraft Ranger along with some other equipment which I might do a separate post about later on…
Thanks for sharing your bag with us Krister. It is nice to see both the film and digital Oly’s together.
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