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The following is an overview of the photographic gear I own. Some of it gets used an awful lot, some of it almost never gets used. Please don't expect to find anything approaching technical information or actual reviews here — this page simply documents what I've got, why I've got it and how and why I use it (if I use it at all).

Cameras

Bilora Bella 66

Bilora Bella 66

A medium-format film camera. I've had this for a long time. I think it belonged to one of my grandparents and, somehow, it ended up with me. I forgot about it for quite a long time and then happened to stumble on it while cleaning out a cupboard in our house.

I've had one film through it and the results didn't seem terrible. The last three images on the roll suffered from a light leak that appeared to happen when I removed the finished film. It seems that the film didn't wind onto the target spool tight enough so some of the film "hung" over the ends of the spool and light got in.

I doubt I'll be making a point of putting another film through it any time soon. It did, however, give me a taste of medium-format film photography and that, in turn, caused me to go hunting for a Lubitel 166B.

Canon A-1

Canon A-1

A single-lens reflex 135 film camera. I purchased this in early 2002, mostly because we were expecting a child and I wanted a reasonable SLR (something better than the Zenit 11) for the inevitable family photography that would follow.

Although it served me well (very well) for family photography, and also a little bit of "for the sake of it" photography, the A-1 hasn't been used since I got the 400D.

Canon EOS 400D

Canon EOS 400D

A digital single-lens reflex camera. Acquired Christmas 2006 and is my "primary" camera. Used with the 18-55mm kit lens, a Tamron AF 55-200mm f4.5-5.6 Di II LD, a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, a Lensbaby Muse and an Opteka 0.2x Fisheye conversion lens.

The majority of the photography you'll find on this site was taken with the 400D.

I use a Sunpak PF30X flash unit with this camera.

Canon PowerShot G9

Canon PowerShot G9

A compact digital camera. Purchased this in November 2007. This is my "go anywhere and everywhere" camera. Having become seriously hooked on photography again after getting my EOS 400D I wanted a good camera I could take everywhere (the 400D is just a little too bulky to carry with me all the time) and the G9 seemed to fit the bill. On the one hand it's got auto-everything and has all the benefits of a compact camera but, on the other hand, it can be used fully manually and it shoots RAW. For me it's almost like having a SLR in a compact form.

I was very pleased with my first test shoot with it and it's worked well for me since.

I use a Sunpak PF30X flash unit with this camera.

Holga 120GN

Holga 120GN

A medium-format toy camera. I purchased this in March 2009, mostly because I just wanted to have a shoot with one and see what they are like.

The first test shoot with it gave a great result and all images taken with it can be seen here.

I have wide-angle and fisheye adaptor lenses (purchased from Holgarama) and also use my Diana+ flash with this.

HTC Magic

HTC Magic

Okay, not really a camera as such. Actually an Android mobile phone that happens to contain a camera. The reason it gets included here is that, despite being small and not very good quality, I use it as the camera for my photoblog.

On occasion I have also used it to take a photo that has turned up here amongst my photographs. You can find all of them tagged with HTC Magic.

Lomo Lubitel 166B

Lomo Lubitel 166B

A medium-format twin-lens reflex camera. I purchased this in late 2007 after having had a play around with my Bella 66. The first test shoot came out really well and the camera itself is a lot of fun to use.

I expect that I'll be using this on a fairly regular basis for some time to come.

See here for all images taken with the 166B.

Lomography Diana+

Lomography Diana+

A medium-format toy camera. I purchased this in October 2009 because, after having had so much fun with the Holga, I just had to give a Diana+ a go.

The first test roll turned out really well (only 1 frame wasn't published in that album and that's because I tried a pinhole shot but guess — incorrectly — the shutter speed and totally over-exposed it). All images taken with the camera can be seen here.

I sometimes use a 38mm Diana+ Super Wide and a 20mm Diana+ Fisyeye lens. I also have the Diana+ Flash.

Olympus FE-115

Olympus F1-115

A compact digital camera. Purchased in the summer of 2006 in anticipation of a brief holiday in Whitby. Despite it providing no manual control whatsoever it helped to get me interested in digital photography and it caused me to create the photography section of my site.

Zenit 11

Zenit 11

A single-lens reflex 135 film camera. This was both the first SLR and the first camera I ever owned. I purchased my first one, on hire purchase, from a mail order catalogue in the mid 1980s (using the money from my paper round and then my Saturday job to pay for it). It got a lot of use, both for normal photography and also for astrophotography.

I purchased a second (from a car boot sale) in the early 1990s after my original 52mm lens packed up and I still have both bodies and also the original flash unit that came with my original purchase.

Neither body has been used since I purchased the Canon A-1.

Zero Image 2000

Zero Image 2000

A pinhole camera made by Zero Image. I purchased this in June 2009 after first seeing mention of it in an article in Amateur Photographer magazine (the article wasn't actually about the camera, it just got a mention in passing and I happened to do a search on the net to find out what it was).

The first test shoot was very successful. All images taken with it can be seen here.

Lighting

Sunpak PF30X

Sunpak PF30X on PowerShot G9 Sunpak PF30X on EOS 400D

In July 2008 I purchased a Sunpak PF30X after seeing it available at a very good price on Amazon and after seeing a number of good reviews.

The nice thing about the PF30X is that it works well with both my EOS 400D and my PowerShot G9. While both cameras obviously have built-in flashes I've found it very handy to have something with a little more range and also with the ability to tilt so I can get some bounce when shooting indoors.

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