Over the years photographers have asked me about the kind of gear that I use and this section is my answer to that question. Most importantly, I think you should use whatever brand of camera they like and can afford. I’m a thrifty shopper and many of my cameras were purchased used or as “refurbs” at less than retail price. I keep most of my gear in specific backpacks so that I can grab one, two or three  bags and go. Tip: I also keep chargers for each camera in each backpack.

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 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-S 22-55mm, EF-S 18-55mm
  • Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM

My Mirrorless gear that’s stored in Think Tank and Billingham bags include:

  • Olympus E-P3, Olympus OM-D 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 (for some reason I have two.)
  • 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, VF-1 viewfinder
  • Panasonic Lumix GX1, converted to Hyper Color IR by LifePixel
  • Panasonic Lumix 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 (for some reason I have two.)


My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out-of-print with new copies selling for $36.95 and used copies available from Amazon for the giveaway price of $1.29, as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with used around $4. You can buy’em both and have enough money left for a tall one at Starbucks.