Let’s talk about gear! This is a list of all the gear I use. Click on a dropdown to find out more about each item.
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A quick overview of what type of photography gear I use. Links to all the equipment are listed below.

Gear List:

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II – http://bit.ly/2jSptJP
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II – http://bit.ly/2ldtCZW
Olympus OM-D E-M1 – http://bit.ly/2kwIkf7

M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 fisheye PRO – http://bit.ly/2kgCFeW
M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO – http://bit.ly/2kgKjWo
M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO – http://bit.ly/2jSoIA9
M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO – http://bit.ly/2kblOYA
M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO – http://bit.ly/2jSiNLB
M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO – http://bit.ly/2ldfShL
M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 PRO – http://bit.ly/2kwG0Fd
M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 – http://bit.ly/2jSkTLw
M.Zuiko x1.4 Tele Converter – http://bit.ly/2kwSbBX

Lee 100mm Square Filter Holder – http://amzn.to/2F5Jrvo
Lee 105mm Filter Holder – http://amzn.to/2G74TS9
Lee Little Stopper (6-Stop) – http://amzn.to/2G7463D
Lee 105mm Circular Polariser (slim) – http://amzn.to/2F4Ucy8
Hoya 72mm Circular Polariser – http://amzn.to/2n3NH7z
Hoya circular polarising filter 62mm – http://amzn.to/2rw7fqr
ShapeWays Lee Filter Adapter Holder for 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO: http://bit.ly/FilterAdapter7to14

Zeiss Cleaning Kit – http://amzn.to/2rvqj89
Peak Design Camera Straps – http://amzn.to/2Bm5b40
Manfrotto BeFree Live Tripod – http://amzn.to/2G9BFCm
SimValley Walkie Talkie – http://amzn.to/2DtFY9P
64GB Lexar x2000 UHS-II SD Card – http://amzn.to/2Dw27V2

MountainSmith Lumbar Pack – http://amzn.to/2DswFXC
Lumbar Pack Camera Insert – http://amzn.to/2BmInRA
F-Stop Gear Ajna Backpack – http://bit.ly/FStopAjnaBackpack
Large Pro ICU – http://bit.ly/LargeProICU
Cable Pouch ICU – http://bit.ly/MicroTinyICU

Apple MacBook – http://bit.ly/AppleMacBook12inch

(if you click any of these links above I will receive a little commission at none of your cost)


  1. Hello
    I send you this mail from Spain because I like your work and I just want to know which one is you waterhousing and if you can change the ports for different lenses
    Otherwise, what about the 300mm? It works great fsor surfing from the shore?

    Thanks Chris

    • Hello Carlos,

      Thanks for your comment. I use the PT-EP11 underwater housing in combination with the Olympus OM-D E-M1. I have both the PPO-E02 flat port for the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO and the PPO-E04 Dome port for the M.Zuiko f/1.8 fisheye PRO and (with extender) the M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO

      Check out my Adventure Photography On Location episode 04 episode and watch the video to see what kind of underwater gear I use:


      The 300mm f/4 is an AMAZING lens. incredible sharp and fast focussing – I haven’t shot enough surfing with it yet to tell you about what it’s like to shoot surfing with it. But I’d put my money on it that it performs well.

      If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me via email (through the contact form here on my website)


  2. Hi Chris,

    Love the youtube channel and your site!

    I was just wondering what attachment/arm you were using to connect your Walimex Aptaris cage to your SmallHD Monitor. I’ve been trying to find an arm which articulates out the left side without being too bulky.

    Kind regards,

  3. Hi Chris,

    I already have most of the same gear in M43. I’m wondering if you are shooting your video on your Olympus cameras and which one for better quality?

    • Hi Matthew,

      I shoot all my video on the E-M1 Mark II and in C4K. It’s the highest bitrate as well as resolution the camera can do. And together with the 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO it’s a totally killer combo too. The double stabilisation is phenomenal and allows for some seriously high quality run-and-gun shooting. No gimbal needed really.

      While the E-M1 II doesn’t do LOG profiles or anything like that (it has it’s own flat picture style), I actually quite like the iEnhance picture profile. A little extra grade on that and the footage looks really nice. All my latest episodes are shot in this profile.

      Hope that helps,


  4. Hi thanks for this video its great and informative. i have just brought the 7-14mm f2.8 lens. can you recommend a cheaper option for a filter to protect it? I just want to leave it on all the time to protect it. About to go to Canada from Australia. thanks Jo

    • Hi Joanne,

      I actually don’t use a protective filter on the 7-14mm since the built-in hood is quite good already and almost makes it impossible for the front element of the lens to touch the ground when dropped. As an extra precaution, I zoom it out to 14mm when not using it or packing it away as the front element then retracts even further into the lens.
      But test it, try to roll the lens over a table and watch how the built-in hood prevents the actual glass from touching the surface at any angle. Quite a smart design by Olympus actually 😉

      I’ve had this lens for a LONG time now and it’s never had a scratch. The front element is extremely durable! And trust me, I’ve tested this lens in quite extreme situations!

      Hope that reassures you a little.

      • Great thank you so much I normally buy the uv lens filters more so for protection, with such expensive lenses, but the get up to try to cover this one does pose some challenges and further expense, thank you so much for your advice and responding muchly appreciated.

        • and great tip to pull the lens in further i never looked at it and i was leaving it full out not fully in, thank you so much.

  5. Thanks Chris for all the wealth of info on your blog and YouTube. I was a heavy Canon user but after dropping my 400mm 2.8 at a game last year, I thought – “this isn’t fun anymore”! So I’m a path to trim my Canon kit back and build-up Oly world. Next on my list is the 40-150mm. I’m also interested in the 100-400mm for reach but maybe go to the 300mm…

    The EM1 Mark 2 is so much better than Mark 1 BTW. Almost another camera. Of course the menu is horrible but oh well!

    Next year I’ll see how it goes under lights (rugby) – can it keep up with Canon 1D is the question… 😉

    Thanks again

    • Hi Stewart,

      Great to hear that you’ve enjoyed switching to the Olympus system. It’s a beast of a (little) camera and I haven’t missed my 1D since the day I’ve had my E-M1.
      Rumour has it that there are some long lenses in the making for the Olympus system… so stay tuned 😉

  6. Hi Chris,

    I photograph predominately birds, both still and BIF. Which camera, E-M1 MK II or E-M1X, would you recommend for this purpose? Also, what resource would you recommend to lessen the learning curve for a now Canon user?

    • Hey J.T.
      For anything long lens related the m43 system is king. Sooo much lighter and more portable. You’ll never look back.
      As for BIF and wildlife, I’m not an expert. But you should definitly reach out to Olympus Visionary Jari Peltomäki. He’s a total bird photography legend. Award winning, published and eperienced like no other. He can give you ALL the advice you might look for when it comes to birds and Olympus. Best look him up on Facebook.


  7. Hey,
    I really like your work! Awesome!
    I am considering to switch from full format to MFT. Lightweight is important for me because I like to be out in the mountains, hiking/overnight and this stuff 😉
    Do you use your images also for printing, or selling for professionall use? Or only for Sozial Media and Web presentation? What do you think about the 20 megapixels? Sufficient?

    THX for your help


  8. Hi Chris,
    Probably a bit late to the party, but i decided to switch to m43, buying an om1.
    Could i have your advise? Should i go with the 12-100 plus a 1.2 prime, fhe f4 trinity (8-25, -2-45, 40-150) or maybe stick to the classic 12-40 and 40-150 2.8? I intend to use the camera for family moments but also a bit of low light activities ( kids moving around). Much appreciate your assistance!!

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