My Photography Tool of Choice

I picked up photography in Winter 2004 as a result of retail therapy – before the winter was through, I was snapping away with my then state of the art Canon 20D and a borrowed 50mm f/1.8 lens.  I quickly added the EF-S 17-85 IS, EF-S 10-22, EF 70-200 f4L, sold my 10-22 and bought a used EF 17-40L, sold my 17-85 and bought a used EF 24-70L, before upgrading the 70-200 f4L for the 70-200 f2.8L IS and capping my collection with the Canon 1.4x T/c.  My tools of the trade followed me throughout USA, Peru, Korea, China and back to Singapore, before I said my farewells to the entire set sometime in late 2006.  While I had my 20D, I also dabbled with colour film and slide and black and white on the classic Canon EOS 3 series (with real funky eye control focus).  That too, got sold not long after my return to Singapore.  Work and life finally caught up with me and all that honking equipment ever did was to sit around and gather whatever little dust there was in my dry cabinet.  Besides, I got sick of lugging 10kg of equipment everywhere I went.

My Canon Equipment (past)

This hobby of mine went on without a tool until I picked up a Panasonic Lumix LX-3.  Having tried a whole range of photography types, I discovered that I’m a wide-angle photographer – landscapes, city scapes and street photography.  The camera’s f2.0 24-60mm focal range and Leica optics suited me to the T.  Its heft was also good – at this point in my life, I certainly cannot afford a Leica M8 digital rangefinder and its pricey lenses, so the LX-3 will have to suffice.  It supports RAW, and although the files are harder to massage than those of Canon’s, one can’t complain too much with a 1/1.63″ sensor.

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My current workflow relies extensively on Adobe LightRoom 2.  I promise to post more photos (past to present) once my 15″ Macbook Pro arrives!

About James Chan

James Chan is an entrepreneur, investor, geek, photographer and husband/father based out of Singapore. Apart from frequent travels to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia for work, James can also be found online via his trusty 15" Retina MacBook Pro or iPhone 6+.