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

Canon EOS 7D
Olympus E-30
Olympus OM-D E-M1
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.
This camera is getting a little long in the tooth but I still use it. That should tell you something. I love this body. It's comfortable in the hand and capable of recording really very good images.
I love pretty much everything about this camera. Of all the camera bodies I have owned over the years, this one feels just about perfect with the right balance of features, performance and versatility.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
I purchased this lens with the intention of eventually replacing my 7D with a full frame camera. It's a solid lens but is really not worth the expense when used on a cropped frame camera. I can't say that I ever found the results to be especially stunning. Solid, would be a better descriptor.
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.
Nice sharp lens. Not too big or too havy. Reasonably compact and well made. The fast aperture delivers sharp results.
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
While this lens is generally well thought of, I find that it is a fickle performer. In the right conditions, it can produce very attractive results with a lovely bokeh. Unfortunately, outdoors in decently bright conditions, where high contrast is to be expected, I have found colour fringing to be nothing short of horrendous. I have some very old Soviet era Russian made 85mm lenses that offer up better results under the same conditions.
I purchased this lens with the 7D as a kit. Frankly, I found this product to be a very versatile and sharp kit lens with an eminently usable and practical focal range. For the first year, I considered it one of my favourite lenses, if fairly heavy. Unfortunately, after about a year of use, the IS seemed to become unstable, occasionally producing blurred images at shutter speeds that should have been more than adequate for sharpness. I was eventually able to solve this by simply turning off IS, removing the lens and reattaching it to the camera.
This is a real professional lens. It has better optical qualities than just about every Canon lens I have ever owned. It is tack sharp wide open while being relatively compact and light but built like a tank. It is a versatile performer that instills confidence.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm 1:3.5 Macro
The M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F2.8 Pro is an exceptional lens, characterized by the following attributes: 1) Excellent and robust build quality; 2) Ability to focus rapidly when mated to a body like the OM-D E-M1; 3) Very useful focal range; 4)Noticeably sharp wide open throughout the zoom range; 5) Little to no noticeable aberrations, fringing or other optical flaws; 6) Nicely balanced on a Pro body like the E-M1; 7) Heavy for an M43rds lens. While I love the optical quality, built quality and versatility of this lens, it is not perfect. The out of focus background bokeh can be a little nervous under the right conditions, though not overly so, and it is heavy. I think that this lens would make an excellent tool for weddings, reportage and photographers who don't generally require other focal lengths in their bags. Unfortunately, for nature and landscape photographers, or those who also carry other pro lenses, the weight of this lens can become an issue. As much as I love the lens, I would encourage Olympus to create a lighter constant aperture f4.0 version for those outdoor photographers for whom quality optics AND light weight are equally important. It is for the weight reason alone that I give this lens 4.5, instead of 5 stars. Nevertheless, an excellent performer which I am very happy to own.
This has proven to be a solid general purpose lens capable of producing very good results. It is my favourite four-thirds lens. Having said that, it is not in the same league as the newer m.Zuiko 12-40 for micro four thirds. That lens is even better.
Despite its lightweight construction and low cost, this is a very sharp and useful lens for macro or general use.
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6
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.
This is a decent zoom lens with a good reach. Used with care, one can get decently sharp images from this optic.
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6
This was, for some time, my favourite Zuiko lens on the Four Thirds platform. Though not a high end unit, it consistently produced very sharp and contrasty images. The focal range is very useful. I still use it from time to time on my micro four thirds body with the assistance of Olympus Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds adapter.
Other gear:
  • Bowens Gemini 500R 2 Light Umbrella Kit with Pulsar TX Radio Remote
  • 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

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8

yukonchris' previous gear

Olympus D-500L
Olympus SP-500 UZ
Olympus E-330 (EVOLT E-330)
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.