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In the 60s I was really interested in photography, and spent a lot of my parents' money on cameras. Much of the following list is based on notes I made some time round 1967. Starting round 1956, I had

After the end of the 1960s my photographic activity dwindled. Most of my equipment, including the second Edixa and two Asahi lenses, was stolen from my car in Milano in September 1976, and I was left only with the Spotmatic. Things didn't change until 20 years later:

The lenses

Most of my cameras have had interchangeable lenses, and I've had a number of them. The list can't be exhaustive, of course: it's easy and interesting to try other people's lenses, and I can't recall all the lenses I have used. Here are the 20 lenses of various descriptions that I had on 10 May 2014. Only 13 of the lenses can be used on my Olympus cameras, and only 9 of them are intended for that system.


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M42 (Pentax thread)

The Asahi Pentax SV that I got on 24 July 1965 came with a 55 mm f/1.8 Super Takumar standard lens, serial number 1214486.

Apparently at the same time I also bought a 135 mm f/3.5 Super Takumar, serial number 1317865.

On 6 September 1965 I bought a 400 mm f/8 Soligor telephoto lens, serial number T 393329 and a 3× Soligor teleconverter. I don't know what happened to the lens; I think that it must have been stolen from our house.

On 8 January 1966 I bought a Super-Takumar 28 mm f/3.5 wide angle lens, serial number 1364964.

With the Spotmatic I received a 50 mm f/1.4 Super Takumar lens, serial number 1591394. I later swapped this lens with my father's newer version of the same lens, serial number 3077746.

Of these, I still have the second 50 mm Super Takumar, now with yellowed glass. The 28 mm and 135 mm lenses were stolen in Milano (see above), and the 400 mm lens disappeared some time round 1997, possibly when we moved back to Australia.

After the loss of the lenses in Milano, I immediately bought a 28 mm f/2.8 wide angle lens, and later my wife Doris and I bought some relatively cheap lenses the name “Exaktar”, a 35 mm f/2.8 and a 135 mm f/2.8. The serial number of the latter is 6132867. When we split up, she kept the 28 mm and 35 mm lenses and I kept the 135 mm lens. I also bought an 18 m f/2.8 Sigma extreme wide angle lens, which I sold again in July 2009.


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As if that wasn't enough, in September 2002 I bought another lens, a Hanimex 300 mm f/5.5 telephoto. Unlike the Soligor decades before, it has an automatic diaphragm:


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Then in August 2010, I bought an SMC Macro-Takumar 50 mm f/4 macro lens, serial number 4417366, along with the second Pentax SV mentioned above. It's clearly much later and presumably works (possibly with adaptor) in newer Pentax bodies:


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On 16 June 2017 I received another M42 lens, again as a bundle with an Asahi Pentax bellows unit. The lens is a Raynox 35 mm f/2.8, serial number C52650. It's interesting because it's the first lens I have seen that specifies an angle (63°), the diagonal field of view when mounted on the full-frame cameras for which it was intended. It also has the text Ww, which might indicate German „Weitwinkel“ (wide angle). It also has a defective focus ring or mechanism, something that is of little concern when mounted on bellows.

Pentax Z1

As I mentioned, I never used the Pentax Z1 much, but I did buy one lens for it, along with the Hanimex, a 80-240 mm f/4 Sun Zoom. I bought it mainly because the price was right: there's something mechanically wrong with it, and it no longer focuses to ∞ at shorter focal lengths, but I got it for $10 as a result, and it still works at the longer lengths.

Olympus

The E-510 came with the standard Zuiko Digital ED 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, serial number 212197195. Since then I've been adding gradually:

Apart from the Olympus digital lenses, I used the lenses from the OM-10 on the E-510. Neither was very good. The 50 mm f/1.8 Zuiko standard lens wasn't as good for macro photography as the 50 mm f/1.4 Super Takumar, and it showed significant flare at very close-up range. The 80-210 mm Tamron telephoto lens was better, but certainly no match for the 70-300 mm lens I replaced it with.

Lens summary

Lens       Focal length       Aperture       Serial number       Purchased       Until
Super Takumar       55 mm       f/1.8       1214486       24 July 1965       12 July 1966
Super Takumar       135 mm       f/3.5       1317865       24 July 1965       26 September 1976
Soligor       400 mm       f/8       T 393329       6 September 1965       round 1997
Super Takumar       28 mm       f/3.5       1364964       8 January 1966       26 September 1976
Summar       50 mm       f/2.0       217679       2 April 1966       14 July 1966
Super Takumar       50 mm       f/1.4       1591394       5 August 1966       1 May 1967
Super Takumar       50 mm       f/1.4       3077746       1 May 1967
      28 mm       f/2.8             26 September 1976       27 November 1982
Exaktar       35 mm       f/2.8             1978       27 November 1982
Exaktar       135 mm       f/2.8       6132867       1978
SMC Pentax-FA       28-80 mm       f/3.5-4.7       3262646       2 August 1992
Sun-Zoom       80-240 mm       f/4       343866       12 September 2002
Hanimex       300 mm       f/5.5       H694154       12 September 2002
Canon EF-5       18-55 mm       f/3.5-5.6       052055883       1 June 2006
Zuko Digital       14-42 mm       f/3.5-5.6       212197195       23 August 2007       31 October 2008
Tamron       80-210 mm                   6 September 2007       20 November 2008
Zuiko       50 mm       f/1.8             6 September 2007       20 November 2008
Zuiko Digital       70-300 mm       f/4-5.6       825610007       1 May 2008       1 May 2017
Zuiko Digital       12-60 mm       f/2.8-4       230033616       8 September 2008
Zuiko Digital       9-18 mm       f/4-5.6       300102323       12 May 2009
Zuiko Digital       50 mm       f/2       192054704       12 August 2009
SMC Macro-Takumar       50 mm       f/4.0       4417366       1 August 2010
Zuiko Digital       18-180 mm       f/3.5-6.3             6 November 2012       14 July 2015
M.Zuiko       12-40 mm       f/2.8       AC5218267       4 December 2013       28 April 2017
M.Zuiko       14-42 mm II R       f/3.5-5.6       ABH956018       23 April 2014
Olympus       15 mm       f/8             2 May 2014       27 December 2015
M.Zuiko       14-150 mm       f/4-5.6       AAK208277       10 May 2014       15 May 2014
M.Zuiko       14-150 mm       f/4-5.6       AAK208277       16 May 2014
Zuiko Digital Fisheye       8 mm       f/3.5       156003301       4 July 2014
M.Zuiko       17 mm       f/2.8       AB9202060       17 October 2014       27 December 2015
M.Zuiko EZ       14-42 mm       f/3.5-5.6       AC4B13531       30 September 2015
Zuiko Digital       35 mm       f/3.5       192054704       17 October 2015
Zuiko Digital       14-35 mm       f/2       180002977       16 December 2015
Zuiko Digital       35-100 mm       f/2       170001015       7 January 2016
M.Zuiko       60 mm       f/2.8       ABQ227050       21 January 2016
M.Zuiko       45 mm       f/1.8       ABSA46896       21 September 2016
M.Zuiko       30 mm       f/3.5       ACBA04378       12 October 2016
Leica Summilux       25 mm       f/1.4       13091100310       27 October 2016
Lumix       20 mm       f/1.7       09LG3074803       18 January 2017
Leica Summilux       15 mm       f/1.7       75SIC307120N       31 January 2017
Leica Vario-Elmar       100-400 mm       f/4-6.3       27CIF16G019P       28 April 2017
Leica DG Vario-Elmarit       12-60 mm       f/2.8-4       07DX6132475D       8 May 2017
Raynox       35 mm       f/2.8       C52650       16 June 2017
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED Fisheye PRO       8 mm       f/1.8       347009963       15 September 2017
M.Zuiko Digital IS PRO       12-100 mm       f/4       ACC214354       17 October 2017

To summarize: I've had a total of 45 lenses, of which I still have 28, 20 compatible with the Micro Four Thirds system.

Flash units

I also have had a number of electronic flash units:

Yvonne's cameras

My wife Yvonne also uses a camera, though not to the extent I do. For a while she used my Nikon L1, but in June 2009 we bought her a Kodak M1093 IS digital camera. The price was right, and it was relatively easy for her to use. It has a ridiculously high resolution (the same as for the E-510), but of course the picture quality can't hold up, as my sensor test page shows. It also has an annoying habit of locking up the USB interface, requiring a full reset of the camera before a computer will recognize it again. Kodak agreed to replace the unit, but I have no reason to believe that this isn't a design issue.

That problem seems to have gone away, but another, worse one occurred after the one year warranty expired: the camera can no longer focus. I can't imagine it's worth repairing, so after a lot of investigation on bought her a Canon IXY 200F (one of three names by which this camera is known). In Asia that's the name, in Australia it appears to be called IXUS 105, as it is in Europe, and in the USA it's called a PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH (what a mouthful of mumbo-jumbo!). Why do people have to obfuscate names so much?

In the course of time, the IXY 200F developed similar problems; I assume it's related to the dusty environment in which Yvonne takes many of her photos. It seems that cheap digital cameras aren't designed to cope with that. I've taken to trying to use the camera as a replacement for my Nikon, but it's not clear whether I can get the focus issues sorted out.

On 23 April 2014 I bought her an Olympus E-PM2, serial number BGT501312, with an M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens, serial number ABH956018. This is quite closely related to my Olympus OM-D E-M1, but it's much smaller. Unfortunately, it's still not as small as the Canon it replaces:


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That's particularly an issue while taking photos from horseback. As a result I bought first the 15 mm body cap lens and then the M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/2.8 Pancake lens, but Yvonne was still not satisfied. Finally I bought the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 EZ. More details about all these lenses above

Other equipment

Work in progress
Work in progress

There's lots of other stuff that goes towards camera equipment, of course. This section is a work in progress itemizing some of it.


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