My Gear

February 2015:

My gear has changed a lot over the years. When I first started this blog in 2012, it looked like the above photo. Now I can’t really be bothered to take photos of cameras anymore. I have largely transitioned to an all-digital workflow at this point, but I don’t plan on leaving film fully quite yet. Here is what I use  these days, in order of how much I use each piece of equipment:

1. Ricoh GR – this is one of my favorite all-time cameras. It’s well constructed, small and unobtrusive, and has amazing image quality. Years ago, I swore by the 50mm focal length. The original X100 made me into more of a 35mm shooter. The GR has made me appreciate the 28mm focal length, though I think it’s too wide for an all-purpose lens.

2. Olympus OMD-EM1 – the EM1 is a great mirrorless camera. Weather-proof, fast, responsive, and great IQ mean it’s a winner. Don’t let people get you with sensor-envy: full frame is not the end-all, be-all of photography. I did a review of the EM1 recently.

3. Fuji X100s – the X100 series is close to me heart and I’ll always have one that I use regularly. Sadly, due to sluggish AF it’s not an everyday camera for me. Still, it has great IQ and is simply fun to shoot with. I did a review of the original X100 years ago.

4. Mamiya C220 – the very first 120 camera I ever owned, and it’s likely to be the last one I ever own, too. It’s a great tool that never lets me down.

5. Olympus XA2 – I carry this thing everywhere with me when I want a small film camera to take snapshots with. I did a few projects with this, notably my Summer Job series.

6. Pentax ME Super – this camera is a great classic SLR, for those times I want that. I don’t use it often, but it’s nice to have on occasion.

December 2012:

1. Bag – It’s a Domke F-803. I got this bag a few months ago, and love it. The size is great; it holds two bodies, some lenses, a waterbottle…everything I need for a day of shooting. I used it every day when in England for 2 weeks and it held everything I needed day in, day out.

2. Fuji X100 – I just did a review on this camera, and as of now it is really the only digital camera for me. I love it. I could not spring for the Fuji filter + hood combo (rip off!) so I got the generic version.

3. Leica M3 DS (double stroke), Zhou leather half case, leather strap; Summicron 50mm f/2 – I am a big fan of this camera. It’s very old school, no meter, no electronics, but it’s a classic. The viewfinder is 1:1 and really great for the 50mm lens, which is my favorite focal length. Based on the serial #, made in January 1955.

4. Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 – Just recently acquired, it’s the lightest and smallest 90mm Leica makes. Great lens, very good for traveling.

5. Film – These are some of the films I have been carrying lately: Kodak Ektar 100, Ilford HP5+, and Fuji Superia 1600. I carry 1-2 rolls of each, which covers any lighting conditions I might run into. The grain on the Superia is very nice, in my opinion.

6. Leica M6TTL 0.85, Artist & Artisan cloth strap, soft release; M-Rokkor 40mm f/2 – I can’t decide which of the Leicas I like more–they are both amazing. I love the slightly wider viewfinder on the M6 over the M3, and the meter is handy at times too. It is one of the last M6TTLs made, ca. 2002-03, judging by the serial #. The M-Rokkor 40/2 is a great lens, super small and light and always gives me great results.

7. Spare Digital Items – memory cards and extra battery for the X100.

8. Bikkuri Film Case – Another great item from Japan Camera Hunter. Holds 10 rolls of film in the Fujifilm hard plastic case, which are now discontinued. (Oh, and Bellamy Hunt informed me that I got THE LAST ONE!)

9. Rocket blower – this is a leftover from when I carried around my D700, but I keep it around. It’s light and you never know when you might need it!

10. Water Bottle – You have to stay hydrated!

11. iPhone 4 + headphones – ‘Nuff said.

12. Notebook/Pen – It’s a moleskine and my all-time favorite pen…it’s a Parker something-or-other, but it’s great. And I’m picky about my pens.

13. Gum – I’m not really loyal to any brand, but it has to be cinnamon.

This was featured on Japan Camera Hunter, February 2012.


    1. Great photos and nice gear. Maybe it’s down to style but having gone through being a film photographer I must say that I prefer digital for the convenience of immediate viewing of the shot and ease of processing. In the end though it’s the finished print that counts however it’s achieved.


      1. I have I say that having gone through digital photography, I prefer the process of shooting film. Since it’s just a hobby, I do what I enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. This is great Trev!
    I like how you include not just the camera stuff, so everyone can see a bit of you in there too. Also, you and Travis have the same favorite pen.


  2. hey.. .just read your bag-explanation on japan camera hunter… and i found your blog.
    i love the idea of the bathroom pics. .. . . original at the highest level.

    i just add it to my sites to check on weekly.

    compliments for the pics..

    have a nice day.

    fabio –


    1. hi trevor, first time blogger, i am considering buying a used hasselblad and really appreciated your review about yours. thanks for the insight, still on the fence but leaning.


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