I strongly believe that photographers should use whatever kind of camera—DSLR or mirrorless they like and can afford. Personally I’m a thrifty shopper and many of the cameras that I use everyday were purchased as either used or as “refurbs.”

Over the years photographers have asked me about the kind of gear I use and this page is my answer for them and anyone else that’s interested. I tend keep most of my gear in specific bags so that I can grab one, two or three bags and go.

While I keep most of my gear in backpacks and cameras bags, I also keep chargers for each of the cameras in each backpack and use an Avery label maker to identify each charger so there’s no confusion. I keep my film cameras in classic Billingham bags but only my digital gear is listed below.

Inside a Joe Farace Classic Reporter Backpack you’ll find:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark I and EOS 60D camera bodies
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 135mm f/2.8 SF
  • Gossen Luna-Star F2 light meter
  • Canon Speedlite 580EX II
  • Canon MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite

Inside Think Tank Photo’s Airport Accelerator you’ll find:

  • EF 50mm f/1.8 II,  EF 85mm f/1.8 USM,  EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, EF 75-300 4/5.6 IS
  • Canon Speedlite 550EX
  • Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF-S 22-55mm, EF-S 18-55mm
  • Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM

My Mirrorless gear includes:

  • Olympus E-P3, Olympus EM-10 Mark I
  • Olympus EM-5 Mark I, Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R lenses
  • Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens
  • Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 lens
  • Olympus M. Zuiko Olympus 15mm f/8 Body Cap lens, 9mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens.
  • Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 lens
  • Panasonic Lumix GX1, GF3 and VF-1 viewfinder
  • Panasonic Lumix GX1, converted to Hyper Color IR by LifePixel
  • Panasonic Lumix GX85
  • Panasonic Lumix G5 & Lumix G6, converted to infrared by LifePixel
  • Panasonic Lumix GH4, Panasonic Lumix G ASPH/mega OIS 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Panasonic Lumix 12.5mm 3D lens, Lumix 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens




My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon for less than three bucks, as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with used copied seeling for less that $4. You can buy’em both and have enough money left over for a tall one at Starbucks.