Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Retired, thank heavens.
Joined on Jan 19, 2003
About me:

Hobby interest in photography since 1960. Try to help others where I can.
Other interests include garden railway (under construction), electronics projects when I have the time, house maintenance and making anything that I need for the house, retired from many years as a computer fixer. My avatar is Momotaro = Peach Boy, a fairy tale character from Okayama in Japan.

Guy Parsons' current gear

Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Well configured with 24-300 equivalent zoom, plus features like swivel LCD, RAW files, clever Auto modes make this a useful emergency backup camera. My wife uses the Casio ZR850 which is more feature rich than this one.
Often with me in a belt pouch, a keep-forever camera. Using the raw files with DxO V11 Elite turns this into a new and surprisingly good camera.
This E-P3 single lens kit was received as a replacement from Olympus Australia after one of my E-PL1 bodies could not be fixed under warranty.
Olympus PEN E-P5
Olympus PEN E-PL1
Olympus PEN E-PL5
I am now 100% happy with the E-P5 pair that I use. It will take something really amazing to move me on.
My first M4/3 camera, just love it, maybe slow now in current terms but it still works fine for me when needed.
Nice and light and small, but for me the occasional shutter shock and the IBIS blur leave it as a second best spare now.
Olympus 9mm F8 Fish-Eye Body Cap Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
It is fun but do yourself a favour and bypass the 9mm to go get the Samyang 7.5mm
Good kit lens, came with E-P3 kit that was a warranty replacement for an unfixable E-PL1.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
My main lens. It totally removed prime lens lust in this range.
Handy travel lens but leaves something to be desired when at 150mm, no longer used.
Came with E-PL1 kit, works OK for a kit lens, prone to flare so needs hood or hand to help stop flare.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II
Good macro lens, long enough to not annoy nervous insects too much. Mostly used for slide copy at the moment, taken over from the 4/3 35mm macro for that task.
A nice to use extra wide angle lens, small and light. But for me it gets little use now once I bought the 12-40mm and the 7.5mm fisheye.
Nice to use when extreme tele is called for, definitely needs 0 second anti shock and 5 axis IBIS to get the best from it.
Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm 1:3.5 Macro
My old favourite in 4/3 days but not used now with the M4/3 bodies.
Not used now but seems to be an OK but slow to AF lens when on M4/3.
The ideal lens adapted to my E-PL5 to do slide copies with a Nikon ES-1 attached. But now I use the 60mm and a different jig that can hold up to 6x6 slides and film.
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
No longer used, came as part of an E-PL1 kit along with an MMF-2.
Great lens, maybe one of the very best. Awfully slow AF. Only goes to 1:2 and needs the 25mm extender to get to 1:1.
My previous standard kit lens, the switched OIS makes it easy for stills or video stabilisation, stays on my backup E-PL5 now.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT
A natural on the E-PL5 as the unswitched OIS can be used, delivers a stabilised preview without needing half press. Lens came with lens hood and has a metal mount, nicely made.
I have way too much fun with this lens, it is the next most used lens after the very heavily used 12-40/2.8
Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN
Not used now, the 12-40/2.8 took over its job.
Other gear:
  • Casio EX-ZR200 A replacement for the sick ZR100, a good backup camera to the ZR1000 also bought later. Maybe only sold in some countries, a small update in features from the ZR100 model.
  • Casio ZR850 This is my wife's camera and is worth a mention. Excellent for an everyday holiday camera, 25-450mm equivalent optically stabilised lens, 5 axis stabilisation via software kludge of image stacking. Max 30fps at 16MP can be useful.

Guy Parsons' wish list

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Other gear:
  • Olympus M4/3 with global shutter, when?

Guy Parsons' previous gear

Casio Exilim EX-V8
Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom
Olympus C-730 UZ
A tiny gem of a camera, 38-266mm equivalent lens that does not extend when zoomed, good "sneaky" camera.
Too big to use now, but still a good 5MP camera.
First digital camera in Dec 2002, still works, must do an old/new comparo with prints one day to see if nearly 10 years of "improvements" have made useful differences in results.
Pentax Optio 450
Ricoh Caplio R3
Casio Exilim EX-ZR100
Even now, years later, this is the camera I still grab for quick macro shots.
After about 18 months developed what looks like a small oil spot in the lens assembly thus spoiling images, too expensive to fix, easier to buy a new one. Sigh, throwaway cameras get to be expensive.
Olympus E-300 (EVOLT E-300)
Big and clunky now but a good one in its day.