The Gear

We are currently switching out some of our cameras, from the tiny Micro-Four Third (mirrorless) format to DSLR’s. One particular M43 model has proven to be quite troublesome with its stupidly implemented dial that also acts as a switch and can’t be turned off, so participants accidentally go into Exposure Compensation adjustments, when they think they are adjusting the aperture! As a consequence of this, they end up with severely under-or-over-exposed images quite frequently, which is really disappointing and frustrating for them. The other M43 model has a touch screen operation and one participants hand moisturiser cream has killed the screen, to the point that it is unusable in bright sunlight because the protective layer on the touchscreen is so badly pitted! There are now five DSLR’s and four M43 cameras, the aim is to have seven DSLR’s and one M43 camera, without any touchscreen operations.


Sticking to Canon & Pentax brand DSLR’s allows the participants the opportunity to fully explore their photography through sharing a wide range of interchangeable lenses amongst the various cameras.


We finally have a roller-bag for all the camera gear to be easily transported in! More lenses are being accumulated, tripods and 10 stop ND filters have been obtained for all of our cameras.


Thanks to a recent donation, we now also have some large portrait lights and soft-boxes.


Canon 600D, 18MP

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens


Canon 550D, 18MP

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens


Canon 450D, 12.2MP

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Lens


Pentax K20D 14.6 MP

Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens


Pentax K10D 10.2 MP

Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens


Panasonic-Lumix DMC-GF3 12.1 MP

Lumix 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens


Panasonic-Lumix DMC-GF3 12.1 MP

Lumix 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Panasonic-Lumix DMC-G1 12.1 MP

Lumix 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Panasonic-Lumix DMC-G1 12.1 MP

Lumix 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

The other lenses available to the participants, enabling them to be able to further explore their imagery. The ultimate plan is to have telephoto lenses and macro lenses for all of the cameras.


For the Micro-Four-Thirds cameras:

Fujian 35mm f/1.7


For the Pentax cameras:

Pentax 28mm f/2.8

Pentax 50mm f/2

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro

Pentax 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6

For the Canon cameras:

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Canon 40mm f/2.8

Canon 50mm f/1.8

Canon 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Macro

Canon 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Canon 90-30mm f/4.5-56


A huge shoutout and thanks has to go to the Onkaparinga Seaside Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day, put on by the Seaford Rotary Club for their generosity in providing us with the roller-bag to finally be able to get all of the gear to the groups sessions. This means that the participants can now explore and play with more lenses than just the one for each camera, that I was previously limited to, as I could only cary one backpack with me! As an exchange of energies, Happy Snappers Adelaide will be providing the photographers for this important event. I look forward to this being an on-going opportunity for many years to come, enabling the participants to have a go at some event photography for a worthy cause.