Michael Ma

Lives in United States San Diego, United States
Works as a Multimedia Professional
Joined on Jan 18, 2005

Michael Ma's current gear

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 80D
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
Canon colors + Canon L native glass compatibility, no matter how many bells an whistles other cameras have, they won't have that.
Outside of ISO 100, the performance is average and the colors start to get flat real quick. I do love the fully articulating swivel screen. Shutter feels mechanical.
Has great skin tones if you are willing to tune the Portrait profile to your liking. IBIS is top notch. With fast primes, you'll have no problems shooting with available light and at night. 4K quality is outstanding.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 (Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II)
Smallest ILC that I own and I still use it when I need a beater camera or want to travel light.
The battery life and reliability is legendary.
A robust camera in a tight package with so many high-end features. A pleasure to use.
Canon EF 16-35mm F4L IS USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
The defacto standard for landscapes. That's what people told me so I bought it. I'm very happy with it. It takes nice photos of people at 35mm too.
Has a focus shift issue when used in AI Servo below f/2.8. Knowing that, you can just use One Shot and rely on the autofocus. f/1.2-1.4 is a bit soft but is still very usable for portraits. Very sharp from 1.6 and higher.
This thing is razer sharp at 1.2 and turns your background into a watercolor backdrop. Like many L primes, adds an ethereal quality to your photos. Not the best lens for moving subjects but still very capable in most situations.
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5–5.6 IS STM
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
I got it for the 80D to use it for video but because of the slow aperture, I don't use it much. The videos are too noisy indoors.
Sharp lens. The corners needs a bit of touch-up work in photoshop. It's a bit slow and the aperture is a bit boring to use at 22mm (35mm equiv).
I tried using it once. But like all Canon kit lenses for the EF-S system, the images were sharp but somehow seemed soulless.
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH OIS
It's cheap, light, and sharp but I like using this lens for shallow dof video at medium to long distances.
A very sharp macro lens. I don't think I'll ever need to get rid of it because of it's macro capability.
Probably one of the fastest native lenses for Panasonic mft system that's capable of delivering great bokeh and aspherical highlights. I do feel it's a bit overrated when people say how it's their favorite lens. It certainly is limited in use because of the distance. I have taken some amazing pics with it though.
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4
Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 12mm F1.4 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
It sometimes has a bit of chromatic aberration, but after using it for a while it doesn't bother me. What I love about this lens is the size and weight. My go-to lens when I need a small camera (like the gx85) and want to travel with one lens.
It might seem a bit expensive, but this is a very unique lens for the micro 4/3 system. It turns your m43 camera into something that provides excellent video even at night. The minimum focus distance lets you use this lens as a macro lens. The distortion is pretty well controlled. Great lens for vlogging your trips.
An incredibly sharp lens at f/8, but incredibly unsharp wide open. Now that I have much better lenses, I never touch it, but I certainly made great use of this lens for what it was capable of.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Ultra wide lens. F4 seems really sharp. But somehow, I always end up taking my 12mm 1.4 instead.
Great foldout lens. The color is a bit weird for people's faces but it's sharp and useful for everything else. I broke my first one and I'm on the second one.

Michael Ma's wish list

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Michael Ma's previous gear

Canon PowerShot S230 (Digital IXUS v3)
Canon PowerShot SD600 (Digital IXUS 60 / IXY Digital 70)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20
My first Canon camera. My first camera that I was proud to own and loved the images from.
My last point and shoot camera. It did everything a point and shoot camera should but I was never too happy about the low light performance.
My first big camera that I spent a small fortune on. Unfortunately, I didn't understand at the time how small the sensor was and how mostly useless the zoom feature was. It seemed to tick all the boxes of all the features I needed, except the one about providing beautiful images.
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
A stellar camera for its time. It never let me down and it was always up to the task. But it didn't have spot metering, which I felt it needed.
I owned this lens on my Canon 20D and I could never get a decent image out of it. It was my first lens I ended up selling when I needed some cash.
It never took a single good image and I never wanted to use it.
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Not a bad lens for portraits. I replaced it with the STM version because I wanted to shoot video with it.
Not bad, but not good either. I don't know why I keep upgrading this lens. I never want to use the 18-55 (any version) on a EF-S camera because the images are always a bit boring.
Other gear:
  • Yashica Samurai 2100 DG My first digital camera. It looked like a small camcorder. The colors were weird. I didn't know the importance of white balance, jpeg compression. The jpeg compression was always disappointing for color jpegs. Maybe I shot a dozen OK photos with it until I upgraded to a Canon Powershot.