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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Micro 4/3rds cameras that I currently own

Maker Model Bought Status
Olympus E-M1 mark I 2016-05 This is my main stills camera.
Panasonic G85 2016-11 This is my secondary stills camera and my main video camera.
Olympus E-M5 mark I 2014-02 First weather sealed micro 4/3rds camera. I now use it mostly inside of a steampunk case.
Z camera E1 2017-12 I bought this to fit into small steampunk builds, and possibly to use it as a secondary video camera.
Olympus E-PM2 2013-01 Second micro 4/3rds camera. It now is mostly unused, except inside of a small steampunk case.
Olympus E-P2 2009-12 First micro 4/3rds camera. It is now mostly unused.

Classic 4/3rds cameras that I currently own

Maker Model Bought Status
Olympus E-5 2011-10 Main camera from 2011-2014. I bring it out of retirement every so often.
Olympus E-3 2008-08 This was my main camera until I got the E-5. It is now mostly retired.
Olympus E-1 2004-12 First classic 4/3rds camera. I bring it out every so often.

Fixed lens cameras that I currently own

Maker Model Field of view Bought Status
Olympus Stylus 1 28-300mm 2014-02 I use this as a pocket camera. I tend to prefer it over the Panasonic LX-10.
Panasonic LX10 24-72mm 2017-10 I use this as a pocket camera. I bought it as a low light camera.
Panasonic FZ300 25-600mm
25-1200mm w/i.zoom
2018-02 I bought this as a super-zoom camera when I don't want to carry multiple cameras/lenses. .
Olympus C-2100UZ 38-380mm 2002-04 I used to use it as my main camera. I bring it out rarely now.

Video cameras that I currently own

Maker Model Resolution Bought Status
JVC GZ-Ex210 1080p 2013-07 I bought this to shoot renaissance faire videos. It is now backup to the G85.
JVC GZ-R10 1080p 2015-06 I bought this to shoot renaissance faire videos. It is now backup to the G85.
Kodak ZX-1 720p 2011-05 I bought this to shoot renaissance faire videos. I haven't used it in awhile.

Cameras that I no longer own

Maker Model Lens/mount Bought Status
Olympus Air A01 Micro 4/3 2015-07 I bought this to explore remote control. I wound up returning it as I had several issues with it
Olympus VG-120 26-130mm 2011-11 Given away to a friend in February, 2014.
Olympus E-510 Classic 4/3 2007-06 Sold September, 2009. It was mostly used for telephoto until I got the E-3.
Olympus SP-550UZ 28-504mm 2007-03 Given away to a friend in February, 2014.
Olympus C-8080WZ 28-140mm 2007-08 Sold June 2009. I didn't shoot with it too much.
Olympus D-510Z 35-105mm 2001-12 No longer works, thrown away.
Canon S1-IS 38-380mm 2006-02 I dropped it, and it no longer works.
Fuji F30 36-108mm 2006-08 I gave this camera to my daughter.

Micro 4/3rds lenses that I have owned

Maker Focal length Version Aperture New/Used Bought Sold
Olympus 12-40mm - f/2.8mm Used 2015-03 Still own
Olympus 12-50mm - f/3.5-6.3mm E-M5 kit 2014-02 Still own
Olympus 14-42mm Mark I f/3.5-5.6mm E-P2 kit 2009-12 Given to a friend
Mark II-R E-PM2 kit 2013-01 Still own
Olympus 14-150mm Mark I f/4-5.6mm New 2010-10 Sold
Mark II 2015-07 Still own
Panasonic 20mm Mark I f/1.7mm New 2011-03 Still own
Olympus 45mm - f/1.7mm New 2015-07 Still own
Panasonic Mark I f/2.8mm Used 2018-03 Still own
Panasonic 100-300mm Mark II f/4-5.6mm Used 2017-10 Still own

Classic 4/3rds lenses that I have owned

Maker Focal length Version Aperture New/Used Bought Sold
Olympus 14-54mm Mark I f/2.8-3.5mm E-1 kit 2004-12 Still own
Olympus 50-200mm Mark I f/2.8-3.5mm refurbished 2005-10 Still own
Olympus 70-300mm - f/4-5.6mm Used 2009-05 Still own
Olympus EC-14 - Teleconverter New 2006-03 Still own
Olympus 11-22mm - f/2.8-3.5mm New 2006-04 Still own
Olympus 50mm - f/2 Used 2005-06 Still own
Olympus 14-42mm Mark I f/3.5-5.6 E-510 kit 2007-06 Sold
Mark II Used 2009-02 Still own
Olympus 40-150mm Mark I f/3.5-4.5mm New 2005-08 Sold
Mark II f/4-5.6mm E-510 kit 2007-06 Still own
Sigma 30mm - f/1.4 Used 2008-07 Still own
Sigma 18-125mm - f/3.8-5.6mm New 2005-01 Sold
Sigma 55-200mm - f/4-5.6mm New 2005-01 Sold
Olympus EX-25 - Teleconverter New 2006-07 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.

Links

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
Michael Meissner, olympus@the-meissners.org