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Commons:Equipment exchange/Archive 1

Donation: Nikon D300 + 18-55mm lens kitEdit

Donation: 4× Kodak EasyShare Z700 digital cameras and 1× Kodak EasyShare C433Edit

Donation: Samsung ES81Edit

Question: Equipment SharingEdit

Does anyone know of a system of sharing cameras?Vgrigas (talk) 23:57, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

I live in Canada. I have seen photography clubs, schools, colleges, and universities, etc. that have equipment free for use. If you sign up for a course or get a club membership those costs may be cheaper than buying or renting. I have seen rental companies and clubs as well. Other places like museums, newspapers, libraries may have sign out equipment as well. Social(?) clubs like Rotary, Lions, Elks, Legion, etc. may have purchased as well. Depending on your area you could create a club and try to get funding from governments, charities, museums, etc. to finance equipment.--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:46, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Donation: Canon PowerShot SD1000Edit

A used silver version of this camera, along with a case, a battery and an American-standard charger.


I have a used silver version of a Canon-PowerShot-SD1000, along with a case, a battery and an American-standard charger that I'd like to donate to someone who could use it, preferably in a part of the world that is under-represented on commons. It's a simple camera, easy to use. Thanks! Victorgrigas (talk) 18:36, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

Please let them have this befitting gift!Edit

This could be the best gift from an international Wikipedian to a humble tribal school in India of which, the students run a Post office, a TV News studio/channel , a museum and a organic farm (of course, a scaled down version but all fully functional).
We had our own community ( celebrating their 10th anniversary with these children in that remote area deep within the tropical forests away from the internet, mobile phones (and even land phones). We are about to go back to them soon and make it a model base of rural Wikipedia within Indian conditions.
A Camera like this can add a lot of motivation for them. It will also help them capture lots of wild life species of flora and fauna that can be uploaded to commons.(very possibly, some yet to be known or identified by outside world and scientific community).
Here is a budding page on their school: w:Palayathu_Vayal_Govt._UP_School
and here are some photos, available at commons, captured during Vanayathra (Jungle expedition) as part of 10th anniversary celebrations in and near this school ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) (talk) 18:46, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support would be great if it could be donated to them! I'm sure that we will get plenty of pictures(I guess mostly the flora and fauna) to commons through the pupils and teachers. --Vaishak Kallore | വൈശാഖ്‌ കല്ലൂര്‍ (talk) 19:04, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support The best gift the students of the tribal school would be an easy-to-use camera, with which they can capture pictures from the forest and upload to Commons. Photography would be a great learning experience for the students. It would also enable them to bring many new pictures to the Commons. --Netha Hussain (talk) 19:31, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Can´t imagine a better place to send the camera :D Béria Lima msg 20:02, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support And hopefully we can cut transportation costs by having some wikimedian or staff member take it to india on his way there ;) --Solstag (talk) 20:28, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
The camera uses an NB4L battery and comes with an American charger. It would need an adapter for Indian power. I would actually prefer to personally purchase & donate a solar charger for the battery if the camera is going to a remote location where power might be an issue. Victorgrigas (talk) 21:08, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Typically, these cameras have a 110-240 Volts 60/50Hz supply inlets. Except for the very Plug, these should work at any of the Commercial Electrical Supply standards over the world. Can you please physically verify? If so, the plug can either be simply replaced or made compatible with a suitable simple adapter. Although the school has some (often unreliable) electrical power connection available, the solar charger is a great idea! However, additional cost, availability and logistics of such a wonderful 'extra' could be a deterrent. Perhaps, a simple USB card reader and an extra Memory card would be a better substitute. Who knows, motivated by this kind gesture, we ourselves (from etc.) might take up the idea of getting solar power for the energy needs of the entire school from alternate local resources! Face-smile.svg ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) (talk) 21:30, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
The camera has no power adapter and seems to only be able to be powered from the battery. That said, an adapter could be used for the battery charger which is also being donated Victorgrigas (talk) 22:12, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Oh, I certainly meant the charger for the battery. Not a direct adapter to the camera itself. :) ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) (talk) 22:16, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Having known the school for its activities, I would certainly welcome donating it to them. --Sreejith K (talk) 22:39, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Can't imagine how much the children in the forest will be thrilled when they will put their hands on a still camera, it will give them the power to capture the world around them, and to understand and study more about it. Kevinsooryan (talk) 01:19, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support-Rajesh Odayanchal 01:31, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support---Vijayakumarblathur (talk) 02:03, 3 January 2013 (UTC)vijayakumarblathur--Vijayakumarblathur (talk) 02:03, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --Vssun (talk) 02:27, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --Manojk (talk) 03:04, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support - Oh yes Tinucherian (talk) 03:17, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Great idea. I hope that this decision may invite other persons who interested to contribute more to this scholl. There may be 4 or 6 classrooms in that school. If every class room get separate camera, which will help them in their class room activites ! --Adv.tksujith (talk) 03:40, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support -Hrishikesh.kb (talk) 04:17, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --സുഗീഷ് (talk) 04:44, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support -- PrinceMathew (talk) 05:21, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Gaurav Pruthi (talk)
Symbol support vote.svg Support--[[ഉ:Drajay1976|അജയ് ബാലചന്ദ്രന്‍]] ([[ഉസം:Drajay1976|സംവാദം]]) (talk) 06:12, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Sundar (talk) 06:33, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Yuvipanda (talk) 07:22, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --കുമാര്‍ വൈക്കം (talk) 08:15, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I can sense some serious canvassing going on here, with the discussion changing into a vote right now... odder (talk) 08:39, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
You can sense because there it is a canvassing going on! Béria Lima msg 14:39, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
This discussion was notified in wikiml-l mailing list as well, but I believe that everyone who supported here (including me) genuinely feels that the underprivileged school at this remote location will greatly benefit by this donation. --Sreejith K (talk) 15:39, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Thumbs-up-icon.svg Great!

--Arayilpdas (talk) 04:09, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Seriously, this is getting ridiculous; all those !votes do not bring any added value to the discussion. odder (talk) 09:26, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --Vinayaraj (talk) 13:44, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Ranjukrishna92 (talk) 15:46, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support If they send us a group photo of them in front of, or riding an elephant.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:49, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support--Arayilpdas (talk) 04:09, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
I appreciate you all expressing your enthusiasm for this recipient, but on this page the donor always chooses whoever they please, and no one else has appeared to claim the camera, so it is likely that the Indian school will receive it. Even if there were other prospective recipients, the donor's mind would not be swayed by simple votes of support that offer no good reason to prefer one recipient over another. If you simply wish to express enthusiasm, I recommend waiting until after the donation is made to congratulate them. Dcoetzee (talk) 10:00, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, we know that it's all upto the donor's decision and the supports will not be considered for donationg the equipment to them. But its just to express and show the donor/others that we wish to get the students something, because, we love and respect the tribal, hardworking school students and their teacher. :) That's the reason why the person did canvassing (Not sure whether the person was aware of canvasing or not, of-course its a new knowledge for me!) I guess --Vaishak Kallore | വൈശാഖ്‌ കല്ലൂര്‍ (talk) 13:11, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Great! the camera will go to the school. About the battery and the charging, can anyone say if the school has electricity to power the camera? If not could someone do some research to find an appropriate source of power for the camera to operate? Perhaps a solar charger for the battery charger (Canon CB-2LV G) or for the battery (Canon NB-4L)? I'd be happy to purchase the appropriate charger.Victorgrigas (talk) 17:26, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
Thank you Victorgrigas, your kind gesture is highly appreciated.
The school has electric power available (despite the seasonal scheduled power cuts due to regional shortage of power -certain hours everyday). Hence, a Solar charger is not necessary. Instead, you could think of a spare battery as this may not be locally available. Since this model is perhaps upto 5 years old, the Li battery may have already run well towards the end of its life cycle. (An easy symptom is an apparent fattening of the battery so that it becomes a little tight within its compartment.) A spare battery will ensure further prolonged use of the camera. In addition, you may think of some extra memory cards.
To other users who expressed their opinions above: While the great gesture of Victorgrigas is intensely appreciated, to my own assessment, the material value of this used camera itself is not really very significant. A few of our own local Wikipedians could have easily financed/arranged a camera for this school. In fact, we are thinking of getting even some bigger resources for them. Nevertheless, this model of mutual help and symbiotic collaboration qualifies for tremendous praise. My intention to bring the page to many people's attention (from the communities I belong to) was not to build up a force of demand or influence by Votes for a mere camera but to let them know and appreciate such happenings. I also did not consider my message to the list as some form of "canvassing" as that term has a different sense and context (such as electing somebody to a position or getting some article out of a serious NPOV issue). One may also read the messages there carefully and notice the stress on the motivation by symbiosis. A token of support only meant an appreciation of this whole donation model. Perhaps, as someone already mentioned, this could have been done after Victor had decided on his own. In any case, I think the discussions here have further helped my sincere motives. Thank you each and everyone of you! Face-smile.svg ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) (talk) 18:11, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
Beautiful conclusion! Congratulations to Victor and Viswa! Vini 175 (talk) 02:49, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Donation: Nikon D200 and battery grip + Sigma 18-50/2.8Edit

The donation includes :

  • a en:Nikon D200 body (resolution 10Mp, launched in 2007) fitted with a neoprene Matin strap;
  • a Nikon MB-D200 vertical grip (please see WARNING below);
  • a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro zoom lens;
  • some Sandisk Extreme III Compact Flash cards (1 Gb and 4 Gb);
  • two batteries (one original Nikon, a third-party compatible battery);
  • a French user book (Maîtriser le Nikon D200 by Vincent Luc);
  • all the usual trimmings: battery charger (French plug), etc.

Important: the MB-D200 vertical grip fell once, breaking the (flimsy) battery trap lock. It cannot lock any more except with en:gaffer tape, as you can see on the picture. It works perfectly in every other respect. The grip is very useful to extend the battery life of the camera and to shoot in portrait mode, but you will need gaffer tape (can be included in the kit if you don't have easy access to it). The tape can be repositioned after you charge the batteries, and it lasts a long time.

Like Dcoetzee before me, I'd ideally like to find an active photo contributor who wants to upgrade from an inferior camera. I'm located in Paris, France. Thanks for your offers. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 21:11, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Update: Thanks for both candidatures. I will wait a full week (until Saturday 19) to let all interested people declare themselves. Also, I would like to stress that the whole kit weighs about 1.5 kg and isn't very unobtrusive. It's more suited to a fairly experienced photographer who isn't afraid of using big equipment. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 21:32, 15 January 2013 (UTC)


  1. I contribute to commons since 2007 and already travelled to a few countries (Portugal, Spain, Brazil and Argentina so far). I have around 2000 images uploaded to commons (category here). My last camera was a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 (lost in the airport when I was coming back from my last trip to Argentina - with all the pictures from WikiWomensCamp I took there). I'm located in Brazil and to buy a Nikon D200 I would spend around 9600 reais, which is around a year of salary of someone with my class of job. Could I have it? Béria Lima msg 23:45, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
  2. Contribuyo a commons desde Septiembre del 2012 colaborando en crear una Wikipedia en Wayuunaiki idioma de la etnia indígenas a la cual pertenezco, las fotos que tomo son para contribuir a documentar dicha Wikipedia que hasta el momento va excelente y que los artículos son traducidos por mí y un compañero y también personas de dicha comunidad indígena. La Wikipedia en Wayuunaiki es un proyecto que busca reivindicar y contribuir al desarrollo del contenido libre de la etnia Wayuu los cuales habitan parte de Venezuela y Colombia y que luego abarcara diferentes etnias, estas son algunas de las imágenes (Category:Images sent by here). La cámara que tengo actualmente, me la dono uno de los integrantes de Wikimedia Venezuela, ya que anteriormente no estaba a mi alcance una cámara digital y es de manufacturer NIKON model COOLPIX L4 Copyright holder Copyright 2006. Estoy ubicado en Venezuela y una cámara como esta no podría estar a mi alcance económicamente ya que soy estudiante y no poseo un empleo, sería de gran ayuda poder contar con dicha cámara…User talk:Leonfd1992, 14 Enero de 2013 (UTC)
    • I can support Leonfd1992's request, as he is in a unique position of being able to document a unique culture (that of the en:Wayuu people), and both the Wayuuniki project (which is progressing strongly on Incubator) and Commons/other projects, would be better off if we could get a nice camera in the hands of Leonardo. russavia (talk) 01:15, 15 January 2013 (UTC)


Thanks for both offers. I have chose Béria to receive the kit, because she already has some experience with a DSLR and will be in a better position to use a rather big camera. Please contact me to arrange shipping Béria; I will cover the shipping cost.

Leonfd1992 should have a decent camera indeed; I will try to find a solution for them. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 17:55, 20 January 2013 (UTC)