My Camera Equipment


This is a list of the equipment I have previously used that I am currently using. New equipment bought will be added to this page as I continue the path of obtaining my degree.

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera (Main camera)

The Nikon D3100 is an entry level digital SLR camera aimed at photographers making their first venture into SLR ownership. To ensure that it is as easy to use and understand as possible, the D3100 is equipped with a Guide mode and a host of assist options to help you get the best from both the camera and your photography. The D3100 also features a new 14.2 megapixel CMOS digital sensor and new EXPEED 2 image processor to ensure that photos are of excellent quality and definition. In addition to great still photos, the Nikon D3100 is capable of full 1080P HD video with sound via the press of its D-Movie button. A lightweight digital SLR that is far from light on features, the Nikon D3100 allows beginners to capture beautiful images exactly as they intended.

This is the manual for the Nikon D3100 SLR Digital Camera 

Sony W290 Digital compact camera (back up camera)

•12.1 effective megapixels resolution for very high quality imaging and detail-packed enlargements
•5x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 28mm wide angle for panoramic landscapes and large group shots.
•720p HD movie recording captures crisp, detail-packed HD video clips plus mono sound at 30 frames per second.
•Enhanced Smile Shutter automatically fires shutter when subject smiles: now easier to use with adjustable smile threshold.
•Enhanced Face Detection with selectable adult/child priority high-speed subject tracking for clearer portraits. Includes Face Motion Detection and Selected Face Memory
•Intelligent Scene Recognition simplifies shooting by choosing best settings for difficult conditions such as twilight portraits and backlit scenes.
•Optical Steady Shot, high sensitivity ISO 3200 and Clear RAW Noise Reduction for high-quality images with reduced blur during handheld shooting in low light
•Large 3-inch (230K dot) Clear Photo LCD plus screen with wide viewing angle .
•Available in a choice of beautiful colours to match your personal taste

HD output to view video and still images on HD TV (requires optional cable). Photo TV HD enhances still image viewing on compatible BRAVIA TV


The Pentax K1000 Manual SLR

The Pentax K1000 (originally marked the Asahi Pentax K1000) is an interchangeable lens, 35 mm film, single-lens reflex (SLR) camera.

It was manufactured by Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. (renamed Pentax Corporation in 2002; acquired by Hov Coporation in 2008) from 1976 to 1997, originally in Japan. It uses a horizontal travel, rubberized silk cloth  focal  plane shutter with a speed range of 1/1000 second to 1 second, along with Bulb and a flash X-sync of 1/60 second. It is 91.4 milimeters tall, 143 mm wide, and 48 mm deep, and weighs 620 grams. It was finished in black leather with chrome trim only. (Unlike most SLRs of its generation, there was no all black version.) However, the early production Pentax K1000 SE bodies had brown leather with chrome trim.

The K1000 is the simplest member of Asahi Optical’s Pentax K-series SLRs, whose other members are the Pentax K2, KM and KX, all introduced in 1975, and the K2 DMD (1976). All have the same basic body design, but with differing feature levels, internal electronics, and external controls and cosmetics.

The K1000’s extraordinary longevity makes it a historically significant camera, despite its very ordinary design. The K1000 inexpensive simplicity was a great virtue and earned it an unrivaled popularity as a basic but sturdy workhorse, particularly suited to educating inexperienced photographers. The Pentax K1000 eventually sold over three million units.

Olympus OM40 Manual SLR Camera

The OM40 was released in 1985. It was called OM-PC on some markets.

It has a modified, rubberised body, and is more rugged than the OM 10/20/30, yet cheaper than the OM-2SP. Like the OM-2SP it has a program mode, an aperture priority  automatic mode and a manual mode. It has TTL flash automation, and a metering system called ‘ESP’ — a basic matrix system with two zones: center and edges. If the meter detects great differences in light between the center and the corners (e.g. a person wearing black against a white wall), it will disregard the corners in order to correctly expose the center. This mode works fine when the subject is placed centrally, but is not ideal for more artistic compositions.

The OM40 features the highest OM System integration of any of the double-digit bodies, though also strangely offers the lowest fps with the motor drive (3.5fps opposed to 5fps for all other compatible OM bodies)

Use of the program mode requires the user to manually stop down the aperture to the smallest they wish to use. The camera will hold the aperture open until the shutter is released and will choose a medium or high speed that correlates to a correct exposure, stopping down to the user-set minimum if necessary, but no further. In practice, the user would generally use f/16 in program mode, and shutter speeds good enough to freeze action (e.g. 1/250s) would be used.
As with the OM 10/20/30, the focusing screen is fixed, but it can accept all the motor drives/winders. The OM40 only existed in black finish.

Some specifications:

  • ISO 25–3200 (with automatic DX Coding)
  • Self-timer (12 seconds)
  • Shutter speeds: B, 1–1000
  • TTL flash automation
  • Electro-Selective metering
  • OFT metering
  • 460 grams (body only)

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