Lives in Canada Whitehorse, Canada
Works as a Educator/Artist
Has a website at http://www.wheeler.ca
Joined on Nov 9, 2007

yukonchris' current gear

Olympus D-600L
Olympus SP-500 UZ
Canon EOS 7D
Limited by the small card capacity, but otherwise an excellent first digital camera. I used this extensively for shooting wild flowers and it produced beautiful results.
A simple ultrazoom, the SP-500 nevertheless was very convenient and reliable. Dropped it once in a fall similar to the one that killed my Nikon AW AZ, and the Olympus continued to function perfectly. Took some amazing photos with this camera.
I purchased this in the summer of 2012. It is a robust camera with an excellent autofocus system and a very capable 18 mega pixel sensor. In handling terms (interface and controls) I am somewhat surprised to discover that the E-30 seems generally better thought out.
Olympus E-30
Olympus E-330 / EVOLT E-330
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Purchased this to upgrade from my E-330. It's a good solid camera and provides reliably consistent service. Ergonomically excellent design. Good accurate autofocus, much better viewfinder than E-330, crisp sharp images and excellent jPegs from almost any Olympus lens. All in all a good solid camera without any real quirks.
One of the most reliable cameras I have ever owned. I carried this unit all over the north in the most extreme conditions. Never had a problem, even at minus 40 degrees C! Still worked flawlessly.
This is certainly not the fastest lens I own, or the most compact, but it i without doubt one of the sharpest. I get very sharp results from this optic. The biggest problem is size and weight. I think 4/3rds is a far better format for long telephoto lenses when one is often hiking into the back country.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5
Nice sharp lens. Not too big or too havy. Reasonably compact and well made. The fast aperture delivers sharp results.
I purchased this lens with the 7D as a kit. Frankly, this has proven to be an exceptional kit lens. It is very sharp, eminently usable with a very practical focal range. Frankly one of the best lenses I've owned.
This has proven to be a solid general purpose lens capable of producing good, but not stellar results.
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm 1:3.5 Macro
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6
Despite its lightweight construction and low cost, this is a very sharp and useful lens for macro or general use.
This is a kit lens and I was never very satisfied with the results. Must use stopped down to achieve good sharp detail. I rarely use this any more.
Another Olympus kit lens. I was never terribly impressed with this optic. While I still own it, I never use it.
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6
An excellent and inexpensive zoom lens. I have been able to get very good shrp images from this optic. This is my second favourite lens after the 9-18mm.
Possibly my favourite Zuiko lens. Though not a high end unit, it consistently produces very sharp and contrasty images. The focal range is very useful.
Other gear:
  • Nikkor 28mm f1:3.5 A slow but decent wide angle lens.
  • Nikkor 50mm f1:1.8 A good solid standard lens. Used it for years without any problems. Still functions perfectly.
  • Nikon FM Have owned two of these, one purchased new around 1979. Great camera but proved unreliable after a few years use. The second one was an earlier version of the same model and still functions.
  • Nikon MD-12 Motor Winder Always wanted one of these back in the day, then a fellow gave me this one when I was working at a local newspaper. Works like a charm on my Nikon FM.
  • Nikon Speedlight SB-10 A nice compact flash unit for Nikon cameras. I inherited this one from my Dad.
  • Sunpak 3600 Big, bulky and heavy flash. This is a powerful unit that I routinely chose to light large indoor spaces.
  • Tamron 300mm f1:5.6 An Adaptall lens mounted for my Nikon FM. I used this quite often in the film days when photographing wildlife. Produced some pretty nice images.
  • Tamron 35-135mm f1:3.5-4.2 An Adaptall lens mounted for my Nikon FM. I found this a well built and comfortable lens for general walk around use. Still in mint condition.
  • Zuiko OM MC 50mm f1:1.8 A beautifully built lens for the old OM series of cameras. I wish Olympus still built lenses like this!

yukonchris' wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Fujifilm X-Pro1
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
Added Jan 30, 2012
This is the most exciting new camera design I have seen in a very long time. Starting brand new, I think they should have gone APS-H and included full environmental seals on the body. Other than that, the features are pretty much everything you could expect and more. Now, I simply have to wait for the first reviews to include image quality evaluations.
Added Oct 21, 2011
Lens lust!
Added Oct 21, 2011
Lens lust!
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Added Oct 21, 2011
Lens lust!
Added Oct 21, 2011
Lens lust!
Added Oct 21, 2011
Would love this camera. Just wish it was a little cheaper. Viewing images produced by the 5DMK2, I am always struck by the dynamic range and sharp detail.

yukonchris' previous gear

Other gear:
  • Kodak Brownie Starmite My first camera. I used it to shoot 127 B&W film. Used it for years. Was a great first camera! I still miss it.
  • Nikon L35 AW AF Looked reasonably tough but proved to be a real disappointment. Poor quality lens produced poor photos and was damaged beyond repair from a short fall.
  • Voigtländer VSL 2 Automatic Most disappointing piece of kit I ever owned. Purchased new around 1979. My first advanced camera and it was essentially DOA! I didn't get a single good roll of film out of it! Eventually returned it and purchased a Nikon FM.