IN THE BAG WITH JAY MCLAUGHLIN
Jay McLaughlin has always taken a keen interest in photography. Having originally studied graphic design, he was made redundant in 2006 and suddenly found himself in a position where he had an opportunity to consider a change of direction. Within six months of pursuing his passion for photography outright, Jay secured his first magazine cover. Within a year he was shooting for the nationals. Current work includes fashion and celebrity editorial shoots alongside commercial and advertising projects. Jay admits to flirting with a variety of photographic formats, but says the OLYMPUS OM-D is the first camera with which he has made a deep connection. The love affair has arisen not only due to its stunning image quality, but also its compact size and vintage feel.
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1
As has been widely reported, the E-M1 contains the Micro Four Thirds standard and comes packed with technologies like the enhanced Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor, DUAL FAST AF and extended Wi-Fi controls from your smartphone.
“This is the work camera, and what makes me a living,” says Jay. “It has a good balance between sturdy and professional, without sacrificing the small size I love from micro four thirds cameras.”
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MkII + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 lens
In just a short time the E-M5 has become known for its powerful image stabilisation. This means it’s ideal for capturing clear photos and movies in low light when you’ve left your tripod at home. On top of that the built-in 5-Axis VCM IS compensates for every possible blur.
“The E-M5 is my everyday camera for walking around and capturing life,” says Jay. “I really love this camera a lot. It’s so beautiful and does everything I could ever want. The 17 mm f/1.8 lens is my go-to lens for most situations, especially when I’m Instagramming my dinner.”
Taken by Jay with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 25mm f/1.8 lens 1/200sec f/9 ISO 200
OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 lens
This high power prime lens is a good choice when looking to capture people in portraits, with beautiful background blur and vivid contrasts. It is also compatible for movie making allowing users to shoot top quality films with extremely fast focusing.
“This is such an amazing portrait lens,” says Jay.
OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm 1:1.8 lens
This is another lens that works well for portrait and fashion shoots.
“I use this lens a lot for fashion editorials when I’m on location,” says Jay. “It’s especially good for separating the subject from the background.”
OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12‑40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens
The 12-40 mm f/2.8 is a good all-rounder due to its fast AF performance standard zoom. As Jay says,
“This is my workhorse zoom lens and one that performs awesomely in every situation.”
Taken by Jay with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO 1/125sec f/4 ISO 400
OLYMPUS TG-3 Tough Camera
If you’re looking to shoot in difficult conditions, this could be a camera to consider.
“This is the ultimate party camera,” says Jay. “It’s waterproof and shockproof, and has built in Wi-Fi.”
iPhone with Karl Lagerfeld case
“So far I’ve never cracked a phone screen, but I dropped my iPhone at Heathrow airport two weeks ago, so promptly bought a phone case. Better safe than sorry!”
USB phone battery
“This must be just about the best invention ever!”
iPad, spare batteries, Pelican case filled with SD cards, sunglasses, Oyster card, OLYMPUS brown leather messenger bag