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Title: What equipment do you use?
Post by: stuart on July 28, 2013, 03:32:32 PM
I use a Sony A700 DSLR with a 28-70mm lens as my main lens, although I also use a 105mm and 20mm lens.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Karla on July 28, 2013, 05:29:14 PM
I use a Hasselblad 500CM camera. It's all completely mechanical and feels great to use in the field. I have a problem focusing it sometimes, especially when wearing contact lenses, and scanning the transparencies can also be difficult. But when I do get sharp pictures with spot on exposure (which isn't always), it seems to just be far more pleasing to my eyes. I actually feel like I am doing photography when I use it, which is kind of silly really but I feel more part of the process. Perhaps because I have to slow down, compose and think about things more.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Georgew1959 on August 16, 2013, 08:06:26 AM
I have a Canon EOS 50E for transparencies and an EOS 350D DSLR. Until recently I've mostly taken an 18-35mm lens and occasionally also a 75-300mm, but I've just bought an 18-270mm Tamron lens which should help to cut down the weight! When I'm wanting to go lightweight, I also have a Canon Sureshot.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: milfmog on September 08, 2013, 10:21:23 AM
I love photography and have a bag full of Canon EOS bodies and lenses (film cameras). However, I realised some years ago that I almost never took pictures because the bag was so bulky and heavy that I could not be bothered to carry it. I fact, I had pictures from three different Christmases on the roll of film that was in the camera.

I decided to buy a digital camera and one of my primary criteria was that it should be pocketable so that I could carry it when out and about. I chose a Canon PowerShot S45 which served me brilliantly. That is now consigned to use in a housing when scuba diving in warm, colourful waters. (I don't take pictures in UK waters; I want all of my attention on the dive to deal with the conditions and, by the time I add a big enough strobe to provide the necessary light, the camera is so bulky that I find it intrusive in the dive).

For general use, I have a Canon S5-iS "prosumer" model which gives me 95% of the control I'd ever use with a DSLR, but is far more compact and portable. I keep hankering for a DSLR but know, in my heart of hearts, that I'd rarely carry or use it for all the same reasons my old film cameras fell into disuse.

I have recently added a very compact Olympus to the stable. It is small enough to fit a shirt pocket and so gets carried a lot, but is very restrictive compared to the S5-iS.

I have recently moved house and so have no broadband connection (I'm using a slow and expensive 3G dongle for this) but will have a look through my pictures to see if there is anything worth sharing here, once I have reasonable internet access again.

Have fun,


Ian.

PS I used to dream of a Hassleblad or large format Mamiya but can't justify the cost to myself, let alone to my wife... Maybe when I retire (if I can ever afford to retire) I will have more time for photography and will treat myself then. In the meantime I will just remain quietly jealous  :)
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: jbeegoode on September 10, 2013, 05:28:24 AM
I've still got a big bag of Nikormat toys that rarely were getting used. It was so serious and I need to pack and just take snap shots so often. I have been having infinitely more fun with photography again, since I found this, small light, Canon Powershot A620. It does most of what that heavy bag does, with a few switches, if I get serious, then AUto does an amazing quick job, to grab action. It is very portable when out free range and I want to to keep naked and light.

My girlfriend has more recently acquired a Nikon Coolpix P500, formerly used by a guy who used to shoot butterflies. That's been fun out and about, when mine finds its limits and something amazing deserves better care or demands a stronger zoom. It has some bulk, but is light.
Jbee
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Bob Knows on September 10, 2013, 02:59:55 PM
I have a 10 year old Kodak digital with a fairly large lens, but not a detachable lens.  Its too big to fit into a pocket, but for its day it did fairly well because of the larger lens.   I've been looking at some of the  newer pocket cameras.  My old Kodak needs replacing.  Here is a sample photo I took yesterday.   A little zoom, hand held. 

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3764/9710490121_af015535fe.jpg)
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Davie on September 10, 2013, 03:13:35 PM
I use a Nikon D300s for serious picture taking but when out and about and weight and size is an issue I carry a Lumix TZ9. It's a sturdy camera with a good zoom range range and a Leica lens up front. It's quite versatile and I've had some great results with it. The only real downside is difficulty in seeing the viewing screen in strong light and I've lost some details on some occasions. 

Davie  8)
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: jbeegoode on September 12, 2013, 07:06:47 PM
Yea, Davie. It is getting more difficult to find a reasonable camera with a viewfinder. These TV screens reflect glare, blinding me. I don't know what I'm shooting. Also, I have to hold it out, unbalancing me and making for jigglys. It is more difficult to get in tight. I can't see all the details in those little TV scenes anyway, even in review. When we were looking for a camera for my girlfriend, it was difficult to find one with a viewfinder, unless it was big dollar.

I suppose it is one of those things with marketing. A gimmick taking over. Like why are all of these hiking and sports shoes now being made with bright reflective colors? Do they really believe that we are all innate showoffs craving recognition? Do we all want to be walking billboards for their profits? When I'm out hiking naked, I'd prefer to just to blend into the woodwork. And they project on us that we are the flashers!
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Bob Knows on September 12, 2013, 11:21:35 PM
Yea, Davie. It is getting more difficult to find a reasonable camera with a viewfinder. These TV screens reflect glare, blinding me. I don't know what I'm shooting. Also, I have to hold it out, unbalancing me and making for jigglys. It is more difficult to get in tight. I can't see all the details in those little TV scenes anyway, even in review. When we were looking for a camera for my girlfriend, it was difficult to find one with a viewfinder, unless it was big dollar.


My old Kodak has a digital view finder.  It solves many of the problems mentioned.   Its usually easier to use than the little 3 inch video screen, especially in sunshine.   None of the new pocket cameras seem to have that, at least not so I've noticed. 

And I'm questioning the need for more than 6 MB photos.  My old camera is usually set on 1.5 because the big pictures are too big for posting on-line.   Some new cameras advertise more than 20 MB.  Is that just a sales gimmick?

Bob
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Davie on September 13, 2013, 01:13:03 AM
The problem with high pixel numbers is they run the risk of showing lens defects. The size of the sensor is more important. I took a shot with the Nikon as a TIFF file which was 37 Mbs, one pic about 30 old floppy disks! I do however always use the highest quality setting as I can always reduce the file size for emails etc, and do it quickly.

The average size of the files for my small Lumix is between 5 - 8 MBs the the Nikon about 4 Mbs more

Davie  8)
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: ric on September 13, 2013, 10:52:25 PM
i started with digital with a 2mp olympus must be nearly 15 years ago.... still got a4 prints of the kids on the wall that were taken with it.
most of the pics i post on naturist forums are taken with a olympus 750 uz... 4mp , tiny screen, electronic viewfinder,10x zoom and came with a remote control...cost less than a tenner on fleabay.
ive tried pocket cameras with just a 3 inch screen on the back..theyre handy to carry but the screens are  totally useless as a viewfinder in sunlight.
weve also got a fuji 9600 bridge camera, its a good camera not pocketable , but not excessivly heavy to carry on a day out with the family.  but  for serious piccy taking you cant beat a dslr, mines a pentax with the standard lens and a 300mm tele zoom., ive still got some of the old lenses from my film pentaxes as well , though the film cameras themslves are long gone.  theres just something about an optical viewfinder with manual focus and manual zoom that makes taking serious pictures as opposed to snapshots) so much more pleasurable.

if i had to cut down to one it would be between the fuji bridge and the dslr... the bridge would probably win on price if that was a factor.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Naked_Archer on September 29, 2013, 10:42:38 AM
I have a few cameras, however the one that I use mostly when I'm out on my bicycle / rambling of going for spot of free range naturism is my trusty Canon A590IS.

It's a pretty basic camera by modern standards, only 8m, however it does offer full manual mode (plus with hacked firmware, raw capture).  One of the best features of this camera, ideal for free range naturism self portraits is it's programmable self timer. You can choose any delay up to 30 seconds, and the camera can then be set to take 1 to 10 shots.  Ideal for giving you time to get into frame and pose!

My other cameras are a Pentax K100D DSLR, with a selection of lenses, Pentax 18-55mm, Tamron 70-300, Zenitar 16mm fisheye, and a sigma 10-20mm.  I mainly use this camera with tripod if I'm doing landscape photography - it's a bit of a bulk to carry, however the increase in picture quality is worth it.

This year (as a post graduation from college as a mature student gift to myself) I bought myself a nice bridge camera, a Canon SX40HS. Quite a remarkable camera, 35X stabilized optical zoom (24-840mm) Using its in built digital 2.0 teleconverter I've successfully captured photos of birds on a pond at 1680mm hand held.  Still figuring out how best to use the camera for macro.  Ideal for a "nature camera" if I'm out for a walk / birding. 

Still a bit bulky though compared to my trusty A590is.
 :)
Naked Archer

 
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Georgew1959 on October 06, 2013, 09:07:45 AM
The new Tamron lens has been a great investment - I don't bother carrying any other now, but (almost inevitably) it's led to more expense - new filters, etc. I've more or less stopped using the EOS 50 now, and just about everything is digital. Now that I've got the hang of using grad grey filters to calm the sky down and get a more balanced exposure I'm happier with the results.

I've also just bought a lighter-weight tripod for carrying into the hills. My old one was too heavy to take with me all that often and I used to rely on a camera mount on top of one of my walking poles, making it a monopod, but that's of limited use.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: skin on December 18, 2013, 11:47:02 AM
I use a Canon EOS 1100D, for best, a wee Canon Power Shot, for in the pocket and my phone for when I've forgotten the others!
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Georgew1959 on January 23, 2014, 05:42:44 AM
I'm feeling myself pulled towards every photographic shop I pass these days, specifically towards the DSLR displays. I'm finding the half-frame metering of my EOS 350D to be limiting and I'm tempted by the full-frame Canons. Can't afford the latest 5D models but I'm looking at a 6D body. It's only a matter of time before the temptation overcomes my prudence!

Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: eyesup on December 18, 2014, 03:54:34 AM
I have an old Canon Powershot A640 my wife used to use.  She abandoned it when her iPhone became more automatic than a point a shoot.  It's old but still does a good job.

I also have a single lens Panasonic DSC-FZ200 f2.8 with a 25-600 Leica zoom lens.  It's a better camera than the old Canon, it's more bulky but makes better images.  When the Canon dies I will switch to the Panasonic.  I prefer to carry as little equipment as possible.  I do not carry the camera bag, so I have the camera, batteries, extra memory and a small pocket size tripod.

All that goes into my daypack along with my essentials.  I try to keep the pack light enough that I can carry it on only one shoulder, switching every so often to ease the stress on my back.  I don't like the pack hanging on my back and making me sweat.  I also don't end up with stripes on my shoulders where the sun didn't hit the skin.  I only carry the pack with both straps on if I am climbing or rock scrambling.

I helps make the sensation of wearing less more noticeable.

Duane
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Karla on January 06, 2015, 11:08:13 PM
I need to get my Hasselblad parts serviced. They're all very old pieces of equipment. Film is getting harder to come by as well, but I just enjoy using the camera so much.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: eyesup on January 07, 2015, 04:40:05 PM
Yeah, I have two film cameras.  A Nikon and a Canon.  I love using them but I don't use them for any of my naked shots as I don't develop film and I wouldn't want to take a roll of film of naked hiking to a photo shop.

Since film is becoming scarce maybe I should finally learn how to develop my own pictures.  I took a class once on the basics but never pursued it.

I read a few years ago that Kodak no longer makes Tech-Pan.

Man!  Times they are a changin'.

Duane


Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Georgew1959 on January 25, 2015, 06:20:39 AM
I finally gave in to temptation and have bought a Canon EOS6D. I'd been looking at it (yet again!) in the airport shop and came out to find my flight delayed by 2 hours. It seemed like a sign from on high and I went straight back in and bought it. What I got home I visited my local dealer and bought a 17-40 f4 lens for it as well. Haven't regretted either for a minute, and although I still have one of the EOS 350D bodies and an EOS 50 film camera, neither has seen the light of day since!

I did have some difficulty finding a bag for it though. The body is a good deal bigger than either of the old cameras and the lens is large too. After a long search, I found a Lowepro bag which will attach to my rucksack belt, or sling over my shoulder and just about has space for the camera with the 17-40 lens and a spare filter.

I'm now looking forward to warmer weather to get out an use it on some wild naked walks.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: jaydee on October 28, 2015, 10:51:07 AM
I have a few at the moment: a Pentax K1000, a Rolleicord V, a little Olympus rangefinder and a Polaroid Land camera that uses peel-apart film.  My film is developed in a small developing tank and then scanned using a flatbed.  I don't actually own a digital camera - actually I do, but it's disguised as an iPhone.  Out of them all, the Rollei is definitely my favourite, although it has a sticky shutter and needs serviced.  Medium format film has that special something.  I'd love a Hasselblad or even a Pentax 6x7, but they're, y'know, expensive.  Film costs enough as it is.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Davie on October 28, 2015, 01:00:46 PM
I do enjoy using my Nikon D300s. There's something about a SLR, you easily see what you are about to take and its a very versatile camera especially with a 28-300 lens. If I don't want the weight or rather than carrying a second lens I have a couple of Panasonic Lumix cameras. I have a TZ9( the 9 version was only available from Currys) which I take on walks. At the end of the day if it got damaged it wouldn't be the end of the world as I have a TZ60 which has a number of features I really like, especially the ability to take RAW files and it has an artificial horizon. With a Leica lens that zooms to at staggering 30x it a great tool. It has an electronic viewfinder too but that's not a patch on the Nikon's. My son-in law is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and I'm always wary of showing him my pics and camera but he was impressed by the TZ60 which I think has now been superseded by the higher number camera TZ70 (which as far as I am concerned will remain in the store)

I've still got my Canon AE1P and an old Zenith. Neither have had any film in since at least 2002 and I have no plans to use film again. I learnt the fundaments of photography with the old Zenith so I'm sort of fond of it.

A fellow member of our club used a TZ60 to record some pictures inside the baths but he hadn't mastered the camera, being new which was a shame. I should have bought my Nikon which would have done the job properly

Davie  8)
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: jaydee on October 30, 2015, 11:44:09 AM
Yeah, I have two film cameras.  A Nikon and a Canon.  I love using them but I don't use them for any of my naked shots as I don't develop film and I wouldn't want to take a roll of film of naked hiking to a photo shop.

Since film is becoming scarce maybe I should finally learn how to develop my own pictures.  I took a class once on the basics but never pursued it.

I read a few years ago that Kodak no longer makes Tech-Pan.

Man!  Times they are a changin'.

Duane

Hi Duane.
Film is indeed becoming more scarce, but contrary to the stories about it becoming extinct, sales of it seem to have levelled out.  Of course, it'll never be used as the primary medium of casual snap shooters like it used to be.  I used to work in a Kodak factory and the busiest time was July/August when people sent in their holiday snaps on rolls of 35mm.  The place eventual shut in the early 2000s when everyone moved over to digital P&S cameras and the work dried up.
Developing film at home it really easy, though.  No darkroom necessary - just a developing tank and some chemicals.  B&W is easiest, but colour and slide film isn't much harder. 
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: nuduke on November 01, 2015, 03:26:28 PM
Talking about kodak processing plants, in the early 90's before I really knew I was a naturist,  I had occasion to visit a Kodak lab on the south coast of england.  As we watched the finished prints being inspected rolling off the production line I spotted some nude pics...and shortly afterwards some more. 
"Uh oh!" I remarked "Is that allowed?  Who would allow their naked images to go through a public system? Is there a lot of it, Is it amateur porn?" I asked.
"Oh no", said the shift manager "this is a batch of processing that we often get from France.  The French seem to be much more liberal about nudity and we do get a lot of these.  They don't seem to mind being photographed nude nor sending much more 'intimate' snaps than those.  They go straight through."
"What about nudie pics in English rolls of film?"
"Ah, completely different procedure!  We extract them, put them in a special envelope and send by courier to the shop manager with instructions to reprimand the customer and request that they cease and desist."
"Why?"
"Two reasons, one: we are just very prurient in the UK and two: that whilst the taking or possession of such photos isn't illegal, sending them through the post or publising them is very much against the law.  So we are at risk if we post the pictures back!"

I can't remember his exact words but that was the experience.  Beggars belief doesn't it.  Two national neighbours with such different opinions. I remember being envious at the time of French casualness and less prurient mores.

John
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: JOhnGw on November 01, 2015, 10:53:36 PM
That is very interesting John as during the 80's and 90's I used to have naturist photographs processed through the local chemists shop (drug store across the puddle, I think).
Some scanned examples -

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3626/3592352820_62780a0972_t.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3626/3592352820_a0e066566d_o.jpg)   (https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7278/6924898246_2b096bdaf9_t.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7278/6924898246_2b096bdaf9_b.jpg)    (https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3319/3591300029_9833dd463c_t.jpg) (https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3319/3591300029_d54f72ec70_o.jpg)

I'm not sure that these would have gone through the post though. They may have been delivered in a local processing company's  van.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: jaydee on November 03, 2015, 05:51:10 PM
Talking about kodak processing plants, in the early 90's before I really knew I was a naturist,  I had occasion to visit a Kodak lab on the south coast of england.  As we watched the finished prints being inspected rolling off the production line I spotted some nude pics...and shortly afterwards some more. 
"Uh oh!" I remarked "Is that allowed?  Who would allow their naked images to go through a public system? Is there a lot of it, Is it amateur porn?" I asked.
"Oh no", said the shift manager "this is a batch of processing that we often get from France.  The French seem to be much more liberal about nudity and we do get a lot of these.  They don't seem to mind being photographed nude nor sending much more 'intimate' snaps than those.  They go straight through."
"What about nudie pics in English rolls of film?"
"Ah, completely different procedure!  We extract them, put them in a special envelope and send by courier to the shop manager with instructions to reprimand the customer and request that they cease and desist."
"Why?"
"Two reasons, one: we are just very prurient in the UK and two: that whilst the taking or possession of such photos isn't illegal, sending them through the post or publising them is very much against the law.  So we are at risk if we post the pictures back!"

I can't remember his exact words but that was the experience.  Beggars belief doesn't it.  Two national neighbours with such different opinions. I remember being envious at the time of French casualness and less prurient mores.

John

It depends.  On an average shift, we would get a few thousand rolls of film in for processing.  The finished prints came off a machine in large rolls slow enough to see what was on them.  Some of the batches would be taken by QC for checking and quite a number of the shots were of varying degrees of explicitness.  The temp staff (mostly composed of students on summer jobs) found it quite amusing at first, but after a week or so the novelty wore off.  The photographs themselves never actually went through the post.  They were delivered to and from various pharmacies and branches of Boots the chemist by self-employed drivers.  Management were more concerned with meeting the turnaround time rather than what was on the films. Photographs depicting anything illegal would have gone to the police, but I don't recall this ever happening.
Much like naturism itself, people tend to overestimate how much other people actually care.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: eyesup on November 04, 2015, 09:00:58 PM
Film is indeed becoming more scarce, but contrary to the stories about it becoming extinct, sales of it seem to have levelled out. . . . Developing film at home it really easy, though.  No darkroom necessary - just a developing tank and some chemicals.  B&W is easiest . . .

Glad to hear that about film. The class I was in was B&W only. It made things easier. Thanks for the update.

Duane
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Dario Western on December 25, 2015, 11:32:36 PM
I use a Sony A700 DSLR with a 28-70mm lens as my main lens, although I also use a 105mm and 20mm lens.

I have an Olympus E-300 dSLR with a 14 - 45mm lens, and I eventually want to get a 35 - 110mm zoom lens.  :)
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: jmf on August 19, 2018, 05:13:52 PM
After forty years of carrying heavy Pentax, Canon or Nikon cameras with their lenses and flashes, I am now happy to use a much lighter Fuji XE1 hybrid camera or an Olympus TG4 compact waterproof camera.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: jbeegoode on August 21, 2018, 11:52:28 PM
The zoom on my canon A620 is jamming over half of the time. The pictures could be sharper. It may be time to find another camera. I'm not certain that it can be repaired. It is difficult to find a camera with a view finder that doesn't cost a fortune and is not bulky to pack. I haven't looked very far, as of yet, but I've thought about a used camera, maybe there is an upgrade for the A620, somewhat newer.

This little camera does most of the things that my old Nikormat does, but doesn't require that huge bag of equipment (must weight 15 pounds). It doesn't require switching lenses, or missing great shots because I'm adjusting Fstops, or something. The little thing has served me very well and slips into a pocket.

In the meantime, DF does most of the close ups with her Nikon and her wider angle lens usually makes her her photos dominate the panorama shots, when I'm picking and choosing for the website.

It has been a bonus that my camera doesn't always deliver the sharpest of pictures, when I'm shooting DF. I use it as a mild diffusion filter. Sometimes, I shoot in a shady place, or darken with the sun behind her, then brighten it up on the computer for the same defused effect. I've been practicing, after discovering the effect when I had screwed up some shots. The softer more blurred image also makes it less desirable to someone who might want to lift pics from my site to use in something like amateur porn. Nasty boys like genital details. DF has ended up looking pretty darn good in some of those shots.

We are not so much a photo site at TheFreeRangeNaturist.org, as wanting to illustrate our naturism and naturism's potential in others lives. I try to make us look less posed, more natural, human. Arizona and its wonderment needs a camera like hers. I figure that I'll have to make a trade off of some kind. The two camera, two photographer system has been working when we're out and about. My little A620 does the trick, hers often does better. She likes taking pictures of nature. Her camera was previously used to photograph butterflies, the seller said. ;) It is too big for my taste.
Jbee
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: ric on August 26, 2018, 10:19:52 AM
I now use 2 cameras,  most of the time it's a Fuji bridge camera, poor man's slr,. It's got a 300mm zoom lens and an electronic view finder and the screen is on pivots so it can be angled to use as a waist level or overhead viewfinder.   It's got too many buttons that I never use.
I've thrown away the little cameras with no viewfinders, in any sort of bright daylight the screens are useless as viewfinders.
My favorite camera is still the pentax dslr with the proper optical viewfinder.   I often use a 300 mm zoom lens with a 2 x converter.  The converter doubles the focal length of the lens but keeps the close focus distance the same, which is handy when your trying to capture fast moving small objects like butterflies and insects.. its possible to get a pic of a butterfly at about 6 foot. being old school it's also got proper mechanical manual focus and zoom which I just find more comfortable to use.
Title: Re: What equipment do you use?
Post by: Ed on January 04, 2019, 02:19:59 PM
I actually have 3 cameras Kodak Easy Share C913. Samsung WB35F, Nikon Coolpix B500 not having a lot of cash I use what works for what kind of photo I wish to take. I normally take photos where the subject doesn't know they are being photographed and I got some really nice photos. A lot of people say I got a lot of natural talent for photography, I just know what I want to go for that's all. Then there are the experimental photos I take like the one in my profile. That wasn't taken with a normal camera, not even one from a cellphone. It was taken with the 0.3 PSP camera, I really like how it gives color photos that dark and grainy look, sorta gothic appearance. No camera, app or software does the same thing so I use it for those special photos.