Cameras

Original camera was a Pentax ME Super, which after it failed beyond repair I switched to a Pentax LX. Both are nineteen eighties manual focus cameras, which are more than adequate for the type of photography I do. I am now using a Pentax K10D with occasional use of a canon point and shoot.

Lenses

Original set of lenses was Pentax 50mm Macro f2.8, Pentax 35mm f2.8, Sigma 24mm f2.8. These have been replaced by a Sigma 28-70mm f2.8-4.0 UC zoom lense. For some of the macro photos either the 24mm or 35mm are used reversed, and the 50mm lense with Extension tubes. A Polarising filter is used on most photos, with either an 81B or 81C as well, occasionally.

Flash

Flash is only used for macro photographs. 2 small flash units are used either side of the camera or with possibly one above, and a third flash unit behind and to one side of the subject to provide backlighting.

Tripod

A tripod is used for most of the landscapes except those taken “on the run” while bushwalking. A tripod of about 2kg in weight is used for photos close to the car, and various ones of about 600-900g have been used while bushwalking. The latest is a Velbon Max-i 343E which is an excellent small tripod.

Film

Film was originally Kodachrome 64, which has nice colours but a bit contrasty. There were a small number of Ektachrome Elite 100 which I found to be a bit “pretty”. The last few years all photos have been on Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Colour which has a nice colour balance and is very saturated (maybe too saturated).

Scanners

Scanning started with a Nikon Coolscan III, followed by a Coolscan IV, Minolta Dual Scan Dimage III and a Nikon Coolscan V. The early Nikons did an appalling job of some Kodachromes, on some I have been able to fix this, but others will need rescanning, eventually. The Nikon Coolscan V works perfectly.