My Gear

Here are past and present equipment I’ve used for the YouTube channel and website.

Canon EOS M5
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This is my primary photography camera right now. The third camera I was using for a while was a Canon EOS M100, but I eventually consigned that one so I could buy a used M5. The Canon EF-M system is somewhat limited, so to get the most features on the photo side like multiple dials, buttons, custom modes, and other quality of life features on the photo side I had to go with this camera even though it’s older than the M50.

Canon EOS M50
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I use two of these right now. These are my video cameras, but I also us them a lot with photography. It’s very helpful having multiple camera bodies of the same model. For example, if I want to compare two lenses side by side on a dual bracket I can make that happen with the two M50 bodies.

SmallRig Cage for the Canon EOS M50
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I use this when I want to attach more to the M50 that is possible without it or just have a larger grip on the camera. I also like using it when I film the hands-on videos at my local camera shop. From my experience it does NOT fit on the M5 so I don’t know why listings for this cage are saying that it does unless they made a design change (I pre-ordered it before release).

Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4
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A great general purpose lens for photography. I use it as an every day lens for my usual nature photos and people photography. It’s the most accurate and highest image quality lens I’ve used for this system so far (haven’t tried the Sigma primes yet). It’s also decent for video depending on what you are doing, but I rarely use it for video because there is no stabilization.

Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN for EF-M
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I had wanted a high quality native longer focal length option than the 32mm lens. In this case you get a more narrow field of view, yet still have a fast aperture. There are options you can adapt, but this is something to consider even though it’s 3rd party. A nice aspect of this lens is that it doesn’t extend while focusing compared to the Canon 32mm and 22mm primes.

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2
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I use this often when I talk to the camera in a studio setting. It’s a nice field of view for that purpose with a large aperture. I’m close enough I can control the camera and see the flip screen. I also use it in casual photography settings like when I’m at conventions taking photos of cosplayers. This is much lower cost than the 32mm lens, so if you want a lower cost wide aperture native ef-m lens than this is it to start off.

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6
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I use this for straight photos when I want that ultra wide field of view. I also use it for vlogging and b-roll video. The stabilization helps out video for sure. It is larger and heaver than the kit lens, so sometimes I use one or the other.

BOYA BY-MM1 Mini Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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I have two of these that I use for my YouTube channel. While they are probably not great in comparison with powered microphones, these have been sufficient with me. Keep in mind I do a decent amount of post-processing to my audio so don’t expect the results you hear on my channel straight out of the microphone (I usually do normalization, compression, equalization, and noise reduction in Audacity). There are many factors involved in getting decent audio quality. From how close the microphone is to the speaker to what levels you set the recorder/cameras to. These microphones are cheap and decent enough for now.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
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I bought this lens as a kinda-sorta equivalent for an 85mm lens to use in the EF-M system. At the time the Sigma 56mm didn’t exist and there is a big price difference between the two. I’m not especially excited about the lens, but it works decently well.

Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
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I sold off my one ranged lens a while back and that only reached 200mm. While trying out an EF 75-300mm for a video, it was good enough motivation to pick up an old used Canon telephoto. I decided on this one because the focus ring doesn’t move while autofocusing like the basic EF 75-300mm did. From the results so far, I’d say AVOID this lens. At least on APS-C cameras. Though even with the 0.71x speed booster compressing down the image circle a bit, it still is pretty rough image quality quality. Maybe in the summer when I have a ton of like I can use small apertures to see if it’s decent in that situation.

The official Canon EF to EF-M adapter
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It works well enough and the construction of it is solid. You can find them used at a lower cost. I bought mine around half price. Make sure you get it with the tripod mount because that has a proprietary connection.

Fotodiox EF to EF-M adapter
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I tried it out for a video where I compared it to the official adapter. There are some quirks, but in a pinch it might work alright for you. It came with the M5 I bought.

Viltrox EF-EOS M2 0.71x Speed Booster Adapter
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I’m not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, it is novel and does give you some additional light with EF glass. On the other hand, it can sap out the camera’s battery if you leave it on the camera and can have strong vignetting on the left/right side of the image depending on the lens.

M42 mount to EF-M adapter
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If you have older Asahi Pentax or other branded lenses in M42 mount, these are fun to use on mirrorless cameras.

Asahi Super Takumar 50mm f1.4
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Thanks to David at Camera Craft for giving me this. For anyone that has enjoyed videos featuring this lens can thank him for helping me out! It’s the original version that doesn’t include the radioactive lens element/coating.

Nikon F-Mount to EF-M adapter
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Another fun adapter to use with older lenses. In this case NIkon F-mount. The one I have can work with G-type lenses, but the aperture control isn’t especially great. I usually have the ring taped down.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5
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I mostly use this for videos where I go out and take pictures. On my cameras it is completely manual. In my case I need to use the proper mount adapter.

Fotga Extension Tube Set for Canon EF-M (10 and 16mm)
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These are great for getting close up photos using normal lenses. They feel a little bit cheap, but haven’t broken on me yet.

Andycine Boling P1 RGB & bi-color LED video light
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This light was sent to me to try out and make a video on. Since then I’ve been using it for my hands-on filming of gear at the local camera shop and a few other things like b-roll. I also use it for macro photography. There is an internal battery with an integrated mount. The mount and included cold-shoe setup could use a better design…

Promaster LED 120SS (Code 8289) video light
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The first compact LED video light I picked up. It has a strong green cast to the light, but basically considered daylight color. I have used this for various purposes when some extra light is needed. I bought it specifically for when I would film hands-on gear videos at the local camera shop.

Craphy PT-15B LED lights
I have a few of these lights I picked up off of Amazon. They are bi-color and have strong diffusion. I don’t think they are sold anymore.

There are a lot more accessories to include. Maybe at some point I’ll add more here.

Equipment History:

Update 7/2017: I’ve been using a mixture of Nikon DSLRs and Fujifilm fixed lens cameras.

Update 11/2012: I’ve moved to Nikon DSLR equipment due to the desire for a true 35mm full-frame camera.

The majority of my photography is done with a Digital SLR camera.  More specifically, multiple Pentax DSLR cameras.

Here is an old forum posting I made in 2005 about my first DSLR:

I’ve been reading about dslr cameras for a while and decided on the *ist DS. My main reasons for choosing the DS over the others were the viewfinder, overall look, large lens selection, that it takes standard batteries (already had a few sets of nimh), and the price I got it for ($650 with kit lens).

I got the camera today and I like it. I was surprised at how heavy it was. Well, maybe because my latest camera was a Fuji S5100 (prosumer digicam)… I like the overall size of the camera, which is not too large or small. I usually wear glasses, but the viewfinder still seems to look pretty good. I like the fact that it has solid access panels rather than rubber ones some cameras have.

Things I’m not too fond of:
The camera’s plastic and grip material feel too “hard.”

The grip is my least liked aspect of the camera. It doesn’t seem to fit my hand too well. When I hold the camera with one hand the grip edge starts to push into the top most joint of my middle finger. So I kind of wish the grip was a little softer, rounder, or larger. I’m 6′ tall so my hands must be somewhat longer than the camera was designed for.

The camera will be going back the country of origin in 4 months as I plan on studying abroad in Nagasaki Japan for a semester.

I sold that camera to a friend in early 2011.  It is still completely functional and should provide him many years of faithful service.   As of the start of this blog, I am using a Pentax K-7 (now with a K-5), so a lot of what I write will have a Pentax spin to it for better or worse.