CamerasOriginal 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.
LensesOriginal 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 These have been replaced by a Sigma 28-70mm f2.8-4.0 UC zoom lense.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.
FlashFlash 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.
TripodA 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.
FilmFilm 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).
ScannersScanning 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.