Michael Meissner's current camera gear

Sometimes people are curious about the camera gear I own. I've been fortunate that I've been able to afford quite a bit of gear. The gear does allow me to take pictures in more extreme situations, but honestly more gear doesn't make you a better photographer.

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Cameras owned

Maker Model Field of view Stabilization Bought Status
Olympus E-5 Classic 4/3 DSLR Yes October 2011 This is now my main camera
Olympus E-M5 Micro 4/3 Yes February 2014 I bought this reconditioned from Olympus
Olympus Stylus 1 28-300mm Yes February 8th, 2014 This is my new pocket camera
Olympus E-PM2 Micro 4/3 Yes January 2013 This was my fun camera, until I got the Stylus
Olympus Air A01 Micro 4/3 No July 2015 I bought this to explore remote control and to embed the camera in my steampunk camera setups.
JVC GZ-Ex210 Video Yes July 2013 I bought this to shoot renaissance faire videos.
JVC GZ-R10 Video Yes June 2015 I bought this to shoot renaissance faire videos, particularly in case of rain.
Olympus E-P2 Micro 4/3 Yes December 2009 This is my old fun camera
Olympus E-3 Classic 4/3 DSLR Yes August 2008 This was my main camera until I got the E-5
Olympus E-1 Classic 4/3 DSLR No December 2004 I used it as my main camera until I got the E-3, now used as secondary camera.
Olympus VG-120 26-130mm Yes November 2011 Given away to a friend in February, 2014.
Kodak ZX-1 ?? Yes May 2011 I bought this camera to shoot renaissance faire videos, and not have to worry about rain. It doesn't have an optical zoom, just digital zoom.
Olympus E-510 Classic 4/3 DSLR Yes June 2007 Sold September, 2009. It was mostly used for telephoto until I got the E-3.
Olympus SP-550UZ 28-504mm Yes March 2007 Given away to a friend in February, 2014.
Olympus C-2100UZ 38-380mm Yes April 2002 This was my main camera until I got the E-1, I still use it occasionally.
Olympus C-8080WZ 28-140mm No August 2007 Sold June 2009. I didn't shoot with it too much.
Olympus D-510Z 35-105mm No December 2001 No longer works
Canon S1-IS 38-380mm Yes February 2006 I dropped it, and it no longer works.
Fuji F30 36-108mm No August 2006 I gave this camera to my daughter.

Olympus DSLR lenses owned

Maker Focal length Mount Version Aperture New/Used Bought Sold
Olympus 14-54mm Classic 4/3 mark 1 f/2.8-3.5 E-1 kit December 2004 Still own
Olympus 12-50mm Micro 4/3 - f/3.5-6.3 E-M5 kit February 2014 Still own
Olympus 50-200mm (original model) Classic 4/3 - f/2.8-3.5 refurbished September 2005 Still own
Olympus 70-300mm Classic 4/3 - f/4-5.6 Used May 2009 Still own
Olympus EC-14 Classic 4/3 - Teleconverter New March 2006 Still own
Olympus 11-22mm Classic 4/3 - f/2.8-3.5 New April 2006 Still own
Olympus 50mm Classic 4/3 - f/2 Used June 2005 Still own
Olympus 14-42mm Classic 4/3 - f/3.5-5.6 E-510 kit June 2007 Sold, August 2008
- Used February 2009 Still own
Micro 4/3 mark 1 f/3.5-5.6 E-P2 kit December, 2009 Given to a friend
mark 2 E-PM2 kit, II-R January 2013 Still own
Olympus 40-150mm Classic 4/3 mark 1 f/3.5-4.5 (old) New August 2005 Sold
mark 2 f/4-5.6 (new) E-510 kit June 2007 Still own
Olympus 14-150mm Micro 4/3 mark 2 f/4-5.6 New July 2015 Waiting for delivery
mark 1 September 2010 Thinking of selling
Panasonic 20mm Micro 4/3 mark 1 f/1.7 New March 2011 Still own
Olympus 45mm Micro 4/3 - f/1.7 New July 2015 Still own
Sigma 30mm Classic 4/3 - f/1.4 Used July 2008 Still own
Sigma 18-125mm Classic 4/3 - f/3.8-5.6 New January 2005 Sold
Sigma 55-200mm Classic 4/3 - f/4-5.6 New January 2005 Sold
Olympus EX-25 Classic 4/3 - Teleconverter New July 2006 Sold

Add-on lenses for C-2100UZ

Maker Name Multiplier Bought Status
Olympus Tcon-17 1.7x July 2005 Still own
Olympus A-200 1.5x July 2002 Still own
Kenko KNW-075 0.75x 2002 Still own
Tiffen 43 0.75x 2002 Still own
Olympus B-macro macro August 2003 Still own

External flashes

Maker Name Bought Status
Sunpak 144PC April 2002 Gave away
Promaster 5750DX October 2003 I primarily use this with C-2100UZ.
Ritz MS-1 (slave) April 2005 I use this occaionally.
Olympus FL-50 September 2005 I dropped it and now does not work. Before the drop, I used it frequently.
Olympus FL-36 July 2006 (used) Controls are a little sticky now, and replaced with the FL-36R.
Olympus FL-36R February 2014 (used) Main flash for E-P2, E-PM2.
Promaster Digital macrolume January 2008 I use this occasionally.
Metz 48 AF-1 March 2011 (used) Main flash for E-5, E-3, E-1. Flash no longer zooms after a drop.

Other accessories

Maker Name Bought Status
Olympus HLD-4 battery grip January 2011 I primarily use this on my steampunk camera setup.


Description Link
General photo album http://www.the-meissners.org/photo-large.html
Renaissance faire albums http://www.the-meissners.org/photo-ren.html
Calendars http://www.the-meissners.org/calendars.html
Camera links page http://www.the-meissners.org/camera.html
Pictures of modifications to my E-P2 http://www.the-meissners.org/2010-large-albums/2010-pimp-my-ep2/index.html
Pictures of various camera gear and setups http://www.the-meissners.org/large-albums/camera-hacks/index.html
Total digital photo statistics http://www.the-meissners.org/stats.html
Digital photo statistics for 2010 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2010.html
Digital photo statistics for 2009 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2009.html
Digital photo statistics for 2008 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2008.html
Digital photo statistics for 2007 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2007.html
Digital photo statistics for 2006 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2006.html
Digital photo statistics for 2005 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2005.html
Digital photo statistics for 2004 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2004.html
Digital photo statistics for 2003 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2003.html
Digital photo statistics for 2002 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2002.html
Digital photo statistics for 2001 http://www.the-meissners.org/stats-2001.html
Michael Meissner, olympus@the-meissners.org