One particular M43 model has proven to be quite troublesome with its stupidly implemented dial that also acts as a switch which 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 touch-screen is so badly pitted!

There are now five DSLR’s and only two M43 cameras after one was accidentally dropped by a participant, the aim is to eventually have eight DSLR’s of various sizes.

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.


Some of the cameras

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 Canon cameras:

  • 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 90-300mm f/4.5-56
 For the Pentax camera:
  • 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 Micro-Four-Thirds cameras:

  • Fujian 35mm f/1.7

A huge shout-out 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 carry one backpack with me!

As an exchange of energies, Happy Snappers Adelaide provided the event photographers for this important initiative, which can be viewed in the (Works) “Community” section of this site.

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 an extremely worthy local cause.

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