My Cameras

I am often asked what cameras I have so here you go …

in order of image size, smallest first ….

Canon IXUS 40
This is my happy snap ultra compact point and shoot. Being so very small it can fit into my jeans pocket with ease and go everywhere i go. When I climbed Mt Beerwah, it was this camera I took as it was so light and portable. I also have a waterproof case for it so that I can use it in the pool and sea.  It is mostly used to record my friends and family.  I guess it may have taken over 100,000 images and should be retired by now. I have replaced its batteries 3 times and I will need to replace this camera shortly as it developing too many faults now.
See my posts using the Canon IXUS 40

Canon G11
This is my advanced point and shoot camera. I love using it. If I was only allowed one camera to cover all my personal photo requirements then it would be this one. It is a real camera in a easy to carry size. By this I mean it can shoot in RAW, have manual exposure with spot metering, Manual focus, hot shoe to fire flash and studio strobes, optical viewfinder, Sharp lens (real sharp) ,  great video with top and tail edit capability, easy to use old school analouge dials, ability to use up to ISO 800 without fear of excessive grain, analogue exposure compensation dial,  programable custom modes, I could go on but just take it from me this little camera is amazing.  The up to date model is the G12 and i am told the G13 will be announced shortly.
See my posts using the Canon G11

Halena Paulette
When I was 12 years old, I pestered my parents for a 35mm camera after I wanted something better than the fanily Kodak Instamatic This camera was bought for me at Christmas. It was not exactly the Olympus OM1 I wanted at the time but it did the job.  It is fully manual meaning it has no light metering and no auto focus so it was the perfect tool to learn the art of photography. From the ages of 12 to 15,  I shot kodachrome slide film as it was cheaper to develop and I could project the images on the wall.  i love the saturated colours that reversal film gave. This camera has not been used for sometime now and again i will put a roll of film through it to relive my youth and remember the “Sunny 16” rule of exposure (old school ability to guess exposures without a light meter).

Nikon FM2
This camera is now 30 year old which I bought for Black and White Landscapes. Love this camera to bits but can no longer buy infra red film which is such a shame. After 30 years all that is wrong with it is the trim on the mirror is wearing out and if I dont replace it I will get noisy mirror slap. If only digital camera’s lasted like this.

Nikon D200
This poor old darling has been slogged to death, given a kiss of life a few times and slogged to death again. I was lucky to be one of the first professional photographers in the world to obtain this camera before the distributors got them. I immediately made it my weddings work horse. It has been on countless weddings and portraits shoots with me. In 2007 I decided to move to full frame Canon cameras instead for weddings and portraits which put this darling into retirement. Now it only comes out for personal photographs in nasty conditions such as driving rain. Last used to photograph the 3 sisters rocks in the blue mountains near Sydney, Australia in high wind and horizontal rain.  

Canon 5D and 5D mkII
These cameras pay for our mortgage, holidays, bills and bring up our children and in fact over 90% of our household income comes from these two cameras alone. To say I love them would not reflect my debt of gratitude to Canon for making such a quality full frame camera that is both as light and manouvourable  and so  fits the bill perfectly for weddings and portraits.   
See my posts using the Canon 5D MKII

Agfa Isolette  III f/3.5 with 75mm Tessar Solinar lens
My medium format folding camera was made in the 1950’s and in 2008 I got Jurgen from Certo6 to refurbish it. Jurgen did a wonderful job and the focus ring now actually moves, the Rangefinder works great, the shutter is now  accurate and the leather bellows and body leather have been replaced in wonderful shocking red leather. What a tart am I. When ever I use this camera in public, I sense people staring at the camera not know what on earth it is and when they make conversation, they mostly presume it is a new retro camera rather than one from 1950’s.  Of all the  Isoly models, I consider my 4 element Tessar type Solinar lens the top of the line for sharpness and contrast and mine is the f3.5 variety, a further bonus.  The downside of this wonderful lens is that the focus ring can get stiff and eventually freeze and when mine does I will be speaking nicely to Jurgen again.  My advice for anyone wanting one is to buy the model and lens you want from Ebay and then send it straight to Jurgen despite how good a condition the previous owner says it is (they all say the bellows are leak proof and never is, the only way to get it leak proof is to change the leather, dont wate your time and film with tape). My Isoly is the only 6×6 medium format camera I have as square fromat is not usually my thing  as if I crop a rectangle out of the square then I may have well used my Nikon FM2 where I get 36 shots to the roll instead of just 12.

Mamiya 7
Some say this camera was made by Mamiya but I say it must have been mad by god.  To me, this is the best rangefinder in the world … oh no what have I said … sorry you lovely Leica owners but hey …. the 7 too is pin sharp, still mounervable, still absolutely silent and wonderful to use and has one feature above the others , a large 6×7 cm negative.  When scanned in this can be like 80 Mega Pixels. Sure you can only get 10 shots to a roll of medium format 120 film, but I am ok with that.   

Mamiya RZ
This is a beast and the box and weight size does not make easy shooting.  Originally purchased to help shoot and develop assignments for my first college course in London.  Once I dragged this oversize box around the streets of Paris and almost broke my back.  When I got the Velvia trannies on the light box, i realised it was worth the broken back.  One great fature of this box is that it has a reveolving back which means you can just rotate the film back to give either portrait or landscape orientation.

Ebony SV45U
This is my large format camera which takes a 4×5 inch sheet film which as a sheet you only get one photo to the film. It is by far the most columbersome camera I have but the upside is that when you scan the sheet film, you can obtain 1 migapixel. My first image made with this camera was a landscape of various trees and was totally amazed when zooming into the image to find a blade of grass pin sharp. Wonderful! But no good for weddings unless you want only one print in a day that is. I use this camera for landscapes and advertising jobs. This camera is unusual in that it has asymmetrical movements and I was first taught, inspired and introduced to this wonder by the great landscape photographer Joe Cornish.

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Elliott Hemeon Thanks for sharing info on your equipment. I am wondering Isolette vs Mamiya 7, is the Isolette as sharp as the Mamiya 7 ?

Paul Copsey Hi Elliott, Both these rangefinders are Leica sharp, If you take into account all the others features of a quality lens such as optical aberrations, ghosting etc then the Mamiya wins.
Both are Medium Format (120 film) and both are rangefinders … but both cameras are very different. The older Isolette is either a single coated lens or not coated at all, this gives a wonderful old lens flare. Furthermore, the Isoly is like having a Rolls Royce engine in a Volkswagen as the lens quality far exceeds the quality of the camera body. On the other hand the mamiya 7 is like having a Maserati engine in a Maserati. The advantage of the Isoly is that it folds and can fit easily into a jacket pocket. The advantage of the Mamiya 7 is that it has all the modern quality features such as a light meter. Both these rangefinders are whisper quiet and a joy to use.

hotshot bald cop Glorious blog!

guides in St.Petersburg I wanted to thanks for this great read!! I definitely having fun with every little little bit of it I would love to see some photos from your older cameras on this site

Paul Copsey Yes I still use these old lovelies from time to time (but I dont inetnd to show the photographs I have taken in the past) so stay tuned …..

Children Stuff Magnificent web site. A lot of helpful info here. I?m interested in tips on pregancy and baby photography.

Henry A Wow lots of cool camera info here. I like your writing style, its easy to read.

Marge thanks.a good artilce.

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