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Photography

For as long as I can remember, I've had an interest in photography. I've owned a number of cameras, from cheap pocket-sized cartridge-film cameras to 35mm compacts and SLRs. My main cameras are a Canon EOS 7D digital SLR, and a black Canon EOS 33V film SLR.

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I tend to specialise in wildlife and nature photography, though I have been known to photograph other subjects as well (macro and technology are particular favourites of mine). I avoid photographing people wherever possible -- I have absolutely no interest in portrait photography (it seems too "fake" to me!)

Gear list

Manual-focus film SLR

  • Olympus OM4 body, old-style control circuitry (battery-eater!)
  • Olympus OM10 body with manual adapter (backup for OM4)
  • Olympus Zuiko 50mm f1.8 (standard lens)
  • Olympus Zuiko 85-105mm f3.5-4.5 "universal zoom" lens
  • Tokina 'RMC' 80-200mm f4.5 telephoto lens (aperture sticking - needs dismantling, cleaning and rebuilding)
  • Olympus OM Winder 2 auto-winder
  • Cobra Auto 210 flash
  • Cokin 202 multi-image filter and System A adapter kit

Autofocus film SLR

  • Canon EOS 33V body

Digital SLR

  • Canon EOS 7D 18Mpix digital SLR (black) with BG-E7 battery grip and two battery packs
  • Tons of Sandisk Extreme3 and Ultra2 CompactFlash cards

EF lenses and accessories

  • Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f4-5.6 L
  • Sigma 10-20mm EX DC ultra-wide-angle
  • Canon EF-S 60mm Macro
  • Cokin P-series adapter rings, mount, circular polariser, and ND grads.

Flashguns

  • Canon Speedlite 580EX Mk.II

"Multi-system" accessories

  • Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod, 3-way head and ball-head with extra quick-release plates
  • Manfrotto monopod
  • Canon TC-80N3 wired remote control, modified with 2.5mm jack-plug and socket (to allow use with EOS33V)

Digital "compact" cameras

  • Canon PowerShot A710iS digital compact -- nice camera, though it suffers quite badly from digital noise at ISO200 and above. Maybe I've just been spoiled by the low noise sensors on the 40D and 7D...
  • Jenoptik JD-C1.3 1.3Mpix digital pocket camera -- this is quite possibly the worst digital camera I've ever used. Its only saving grace is that it is a very cheap camera so good for using in situations where equipment damage is a distinct possibility. So it gets tied to equally cheap Jessops tripods in hostile environments :)
  • Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 film scanner with 35mm negative and slide adapters. Rescued from a skip at work on a "no guarantees" basis. Has had one motherboard replacement but otherwise a great little workhorse. Not bad for something I pulled out of a skip!