Michael Meissner

Michael Meissner

Lives in United States Ayer USA, United States
Works as a Computer Programmer
Has a website at http://www.the-meissners.org
Joined on Jan 14, 2002
About me:

Gear profile moved to:
http://www.the-meissners.org/camera-gear.html

FAQ for flashes that support Olympus DSLRs:
http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash2.html

Older FAQ for flashes on Olympus C-2100UZ:
http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash.html

Photo album:
http://www.the-meissners.org/photo.html

Michael Meissner's current gear

Olympus Stylus 1
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860
Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS
This is my new go-to camera for random situations, and just roaming around. It is the new C-2100UZ. It gives a decent focal length, and it only needs one hand to shoot. It is just a fun camera.
See this thread: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57498667
I bought this as a small weather sealed pocket camera, and it does a good job for these types of shots as long as you shoot at base ISO. If you shoot higher than base ISO, the noise reduction will sand away many of the details.
Olympus E-5
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Like the E-1 and E-3, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I love the weather sealed Olympus DSLRs. Since getting the E-M5, the E-5 goes out less often, but it still goes out frequently.
I bought the E-M1 on May 7th, 2016 to complement my E-M5 and allow use of my existing classic 4/3rds lenses, particularly the 50-200mm (non-SWD). See this thread: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57623231
I did have a problem (fixed under warranty) where the EVF went dim on me. In 2015, I shot with it 57% of the time, and it is now my goto camera.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
This is a good basic kit lens. You can add the Wcon-p01 to allow you to shoot wide angle shots without having too much bulk in your bag. For day to day shooting, I tend to now use the 12-40mm pro lens. I use this lens in one of my steampunk camera setups due to its size.
I got this when Olympus had a lens blow out sale in the summer of 2015. I've used it a few times, and it is a nice lens. However 1-2 months after getting it, I got the 12-40mm pro, and I find I don't use primes as much these days. I usually throw both the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 into the camera bag, but I find myself more often using the 12-40mm pro.
Once I got a used 12-40mm pro, it pretty much stays on my E-M5. While I have the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses, I find I don't reach for them as much when I have the 12-40mm on the camera.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4-5.6 II
Olympus Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter EC-14
A lot of people rag on this lens, but as long as you aren't trying to do low light shots with it, I found it to produce good shots. I used to shoot with this a lot on my E-M5 until I got the 12-40mm pro lens. Note, the EZ zoom on this lens is useful if you are doing video work, and also unlike the 12-40mm you don't see shadows if you are shooting with the FL-LM2 clip-on flash (yeah, yeah, it is better to use an external flash, but sometimes I don't think I'm going to need the flash).
This is my second most used lens on the E-M5 (the 12-40mm pro being the first). It is weather sealed, and gives my a good decent range. I had the original 14-150mm lens for a couple of years, but once Olympus made the weather sealed version, I went for it. I have shot with this lens in wet conditions on the E-M5.
I pretty much use it with the 50-200mm (mark I) lens and it is great with that lens.
Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro
This is my goto lens on the E-5 (and E-3/E-1 before it). I've now had the lens 11 years, and it is still going strong. In that time, I have used it in wet conditions quite a bit.
I don't use this as much these days. When I was primarily shooting with the E-5, it often would be used as a low light lens (sometimes along with the Sigma 30mm), but as I've moved to micro 4/3rds, I've been using the micro 4/3rds gear more and more.
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
Samsung Galaxy S5
This was my second lens for the E-P2, and I used it quite a bit for low light situations. Recently when I got the 12-40mm pro, I'm finding I don't use it as much, but I usually throw it and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 in the bag, just in case, I'm shooting really dark scenes. It does focus somewhat slow on my Olympus cameras.
Other gear:
  • Metz 48 AF-1 (for 4/3rds cameras)
  • Olympus 50-200mm (mark 1)
  • Olympus FL-36R

Michael Meissner's previous gear

Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd
Olympus D-510 Zoom (C-200 Zoom)
Knocked off of table and broke camera battery compartment
Lousy auto white balance
Upgraded to C-2100UZ, gave to my daughter. She broke her first one, and I got her a second. She later upgraded to a Canon
Olympus D-40 Zoom (C-40 Zoom)
Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom
Olympus C-2100 UZ
Eats SM cards if the battery drains.
Sold when I never used it. It had a funny auto white balance with some green colors.
I still own the C-2100UZ, and take it out occasionally, but I don't actively shoot with it.
Olympus SP-550 UZ
Olympus VG-120
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
It was an ok camera when I had it. It is not that fast at focusing. I have given my SP-550UZ to a friend. The Stylus-1 now occupies the niche this camera used to.
I got this cheap on a Black Friday special to take on a vacation to Disney World. I eventually gave it to a friend.
I dropped camera off of tripod, and the lens locked up.
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-3
Olympus E-510 / EVOLT E-510
I still own the E-1 and shoot with it every so often, but I don't actively shoot with it.
I still own the E-3, but I no longer shoot with it on an active basis.
I got this camera because it had image stablization that my E-1 did not have. However, I felt the images from it were rather cold, and when I got the E-3, I sold this camera.
Olympus PEN E-P2
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus Air A01
My first micro 4/3rds camera. It was a fun camera, until the E-PM2 replaced it (and later the Stylus-1). I still own the camera, but I don't shoot with all that often.
I got this camera as an upgrade for the E-P2. I still own it, but I don't shoot with it all that often any more, as the E-M5 and Stylus-1 have replaced this camera. I do use it as a second camera with the E-M5 with the Panasonic 20mm lens attached, and I also use it in one of my steampunk camera setups.
I did a review of why I returned the AIR A01 here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56329488
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6
I let a friend borrow the lens when his lens broke. When I got the E-PM2, it came with the 14-42mm mark 2-R lens, making this lens redundant.
I used this lens occasionally, but once I got the 50-200mm, this lens tended to sit home more often.
I bought the 14-150mm mark 2 for its weather sealing, and this lens will likely be offered for sale.
Sigma 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC HSM
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM
Samsung Galaxy S II
Slow lens, blurry image on non-IS cameras like E-1.
I still own this lens, but I don't shoot with it all that much anymore. I bought this for low light work. I've used it a few times, but now that I mostly shoot with micro 4/3rds and Stylus-1, I don't use this lens, preferring the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens for low light work.