Kevin Omura

Kevin Omura

Lives in Canada Toronto, Canada
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Sep 20, 2001

Kevin Omura's current gear

Canon PowerShot G2
Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot G9
Canon PowerShot G9 X
Canon PowerShot Pro1
Canon PowerShot S100 (2000) (Digital IXUS)
I own the original G9 in my collection, this camera is a world away from it. If you require an extremely small 1" sensor camera this is it, f2 lens isn't the fastest of the bunch but works very well. Menus and controls are not intuitive if you are used to other cameras but easy enough to figure out. Very good image quality.
Even after all these years the L on this lens makes this a very solid camera.
Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Nikon Coolpix S01
This was a replacement due to the sensor issues with our S1 IS camera. Canon replaced it under an extended warranty with the S5 IS when they ran out of S1 IS replacements.
Picked this up on the Target Clearance today $114.99, having lots of issues with the buttons on the control dial not registering when pushed. Pix are very sharp with very good colour balance and camera is fast for the price. But it will have to be exchanged or returned because of the controls.
This has to be the smallest 'real' digital camera I have seen to date. It arrived on my desk dead. I was able to coax it back to life briefly and then had it freeze up again. I suspect a problem in the firmware as the camera requests that you format the built in memory but fails. Hitting the hidden reset button does not bring it out of it's lock up. Plugging it into a computer and running Nikon Transfer 2 and syncing the clock brought it out of a freeze once but since then it has locked up again and doing this did not fix the issue. Pity as it is a rather interesting piece.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Great all round camera, mainly use it for video but because of the fast zoom it can be a very handy walk about camera. 16x20 prints are no problem.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 (Lumix DMC-FT2)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 (Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22)
Small size, fast lens, great image quality = spot in my working DSLR kit. *has since been replaced with a Nikon 1 V1 with 10mm lens.
Sensor is almost dead.
Outstanding macro, not sure what all the fuss was about with this sensor but I've printed up 16x20's at work and they look fantastic. *Has been upgraded to a Canon G9x.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 (Lumix DMC-TZ10)
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 30D
Last of the CCD minis. Great macro, excellent colour.
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2)
Canon EOS 5D
Wife's camera, in the right hands a very capable little gem.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 7D
Shoot FF stills, and very high quality video. Plus same batteries as the 7D so a great mate to a 7D working kit.
Finally a 5D that I like the results from right out of the camera!
A poor man's EOS 1D Mk III
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS D30
Canon EOS D60
This seems to be the more logical way to go vs the 1D X since I can pretty much get a 7D II and 5D II for the cost of the 1D X. Also the commonality of batteries and chargers is a plus. Fast AF seals the deal though honestly my Nikon 1's are faster.
Late addition to the collection.
Wish I had never purchased this camera.
Canon EOS M
Leica M10
Nikon 1 AW1
Got a crazy deal on the kit with STM zoom and flash, Canon service soured the deal however. It's ok, has better specs then my Nikon V1 but so much slower. The Nikon just feels better as my walkabout camera so this will eventually just be used for second unit video shooting. Ergonomics suck, poor mode dial placement means it won't stay in place which is infuriating. System seems to be abandoned by Canon so I would avoid this camera. Picked up a 22 mm lens, makes the camera far more useful though AF still sucks even after firmware update.
Coming from years of shooting with M4p and M6 bodies this one feels 'right'.
Some reports of flooding, have to wonder if it's a design issue or problems with lubrication of the seals. I prefer the slightly larger size in hand vs the J1 and S1 and am leaning towards shooting with this camera and the non AW 10mm even though I have the AW version as well. Just fine both AW lenses rather large. Speed and image quality is on par with the rest of the Nikon 1 range = excellent. One important feature to make note of, there is no mode dial, in other words no infuriatingly easy to bump mode dial such as the one on the V1 or J1, to change modes you press the button where a mode dial is typically on the back and rock the camera to set the mode. Seems rather weird at first but once used to it I very much prefer this design since it is impossible to knock it off the correct setting.
Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 S1
Nikon 1 V1
Picked this up because of the time lapse feature and discovered a really nice well made camera. Going for a steal on the used market. Combined with the 10mm it works extremely well shooting birds hand feeding.
Target Canada fire sale priced at $114.99 with non IS kit lens.
My go to camera for walkabouts, with the longer zoom and standard zoom it makes a nice little camera. Fast AF seals the deal, it was relegated to my #2 body but just picked up a second for a great price along with a bunch of 1 lenses so now one V1 will live with a 10mm for hand bird shots and the other with the 6.7-13mm for landscape since the image quality of the V1 is lovely.
Nikon 1 V2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Pentax *ist DS
Grab one while they are being blown out for $449! This is now my walk about/street camera. Photos don't clearly depict it's small but grip able size. Fast AF and some high frame rates combined with solid construction. The 70-300 lens is a game changer combined with this or the V3!
Also have the EVF which I find too low res for critical focus plus there is no locking mechanism so it can be bumped off the camera easily, would not recommend it. In hindsight I should have bought the more DSLR looking M 4/3 cameras. Used primarily with a Canon FD and Leica M mount adaptor but with the low res EVF this turned into a failed experiment.
You bought a 6mp camera in 2016? What! Yup and I think it's great! While folks get bent up about how many MPs their sensor has or how fast the cpu this little gem takes great pix. Definitely not the fastest but the darn thing is good and dirt cheap. Unless you are shooting for big enlargements or major crops then this will fit the bill and with prices well under $100 it's a steal.
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L USM
Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
This lens has been in my working kit for many years. Not used a lot but when I need a particular look I give this a try.
A working photographers go to lens.
I've owned a version of this lens in my working kit for over 26 years. Great workhorse lens and a nice fit between the 16-35 and 70-200. I use it as my walkabout lens unless I'm shooting something that I know will require a different lens.
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro
Big, heavy, fast. Photojournalist's staple, drop a 2x or 1.4x teleconverter on it and you have a very versatile lens.
Picked this up with the 5D IV, pretty much what others have stated, when it's bang on it's spectacular but wide open with shallow depth of field I can see why some folks complain. I however really like this lens, I always regretted not picking up the 50 f1.0 when I had the chance when it was first released however comparing the two this lens is much better and right now with the discounts likely due to the f1.0 possibly coming back out it was a no brainer.
Don't worry the AF motor makes that grinding noise!
Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
We ordered three of these lenses at the same time and each one had it's AF motor fail after a year of light use. Certainly did not expect this from a higher end Canon lens considering my 50mm f1.8 1st gen has never had a problem.
The other lens in most working photographers kits, at work it's typically the 16-35 f2.8, 28-80 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8.
USM lens makes this lens faster and lot quieter than the old EF 50mm f2.5 macro! EF-S means it cannot be used on FF bodies.
Canon Extender EF 2x II
Leica Elmarit-M 21mm f/2.8 ASPH
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH
Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH
Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2
Nikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8
Nikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8
Terrific little lens when placed on a J1 or S1! Sharp, small, excellent image quality.
Poor man's 32 f1.2 but not too shabby!
Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8
Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom
Much much bigger than the non AW 10 f2.8.
Find it a bit on the big side but like it so far.
Ok this is the correct version, picked up from Henry's for $249 cdn brand new. Miss having a manual zoom ring but power zoom is fast and quiet. Great lens for video shooters. On the V2 I keep hitting the on/off switch thinking it's a zoom lever! Lens is sharp though slow but for the fire sale price worth it. It is a lot bigger then the 30-110 lens btw and heavier but has a much more solid feel to it.
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6
For what it is it's pretty decent, does feel very flimsy though, either that or my particular copy is abnormally flexible.
A steal when Target Canada blew them out for $94 cdn. Not as solid feeling as the 10-100 I also own but so much smaller and lighter. Nice when paired with the kit 10-30 for street.
Nice small lens, very sharp though I wish for an even wider prime!
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
What you have heard about this lens is true, absolutely fantastic lens. Might seem a bit pricey but you can't get this kind of reach, speed and size any other way. Combined with a my V2 this is my go to kit for birding and even could work fine for spot news. One huge advantage is folks don't pay much attention to you because the entire kit is so small so even a handy rig for street photographers.
Back when I worked in photo retail you couldn't pay me to use an aftermarket lens. This lens proved to me that those days are long gone and that Sigma makes some very nice glass. You just can't beat the range this lens has.
Surprisingly decent camera for a phone....
Other gear:
  • Apple Quicktake 100 Internal memory only holds 8 shots and requires an old Mac or PC running QuickTake software and old version of QuickTime. On a Mac a mini din serial port is required since this camera came out way before USB.
  • Apple Quicktake 150 Same notes as above but through image compression number of shots was doubled.
  • Apple Quicktake 200 This camera used a media card, now very hard to find as well as a reader also very hard to find. Was based on a camera marketed by Fuji which looks identical minus Apple branding.
  • Canon Powershot 600 This huge digital camera was the first Powershot camera, it like the Xapshot saved images on mini floppy disks!
  • Canon Xapshot Part of the first wave of consumer digital cameras, saved images on mini floppy disks which are quite rare.
  • EOS M 22mm lense

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Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)
Nikon Z6
Nikon Coolpix P1000
Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S