Friday Night Lite: If you could have any one camera (cost no object), but just one—and you had to use it exclusively for, let's say, the next four years—what would it be?
[If you comment, see if you can please stick to the question—instead of, say, explaining why you absolutely need a minimum of nine different cameras, or why I'm a troll, or why no cameras are any good, or why any camera will do because it's art that matters, or....]
Extra credit: What's the #1 best rock-and-roll song?
[UPDATE, 267 comments later...My answer is "Leica S, but you can't always get what you want." (Rimshot!) And for extra credit, Bob Dylan's "Leica Rolling Stone." (Rimshot no. 2!) (And boy, did you guys ever make me go a long way for two bad jokes!) Ha!
Also, one reader beat me to the second joke....
Anyway, that was fun. Hope you have a nice Sunday.
—Mike the Ed.]
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jseliger: "I haven't held it yet and will likely never own it, but the Sony RX1R is extremely appealing to me for its combination of simplicity and image quality. I like the combination of small size and extreme quality, and I'm more likely to use cameras that that I can chuck in a bag (ideally with a light tripod). The RX1R probably best meets those needs. At $3300, though, it's about twice as much as I could conceivably spend, so this will remain a purely hypothetical exercise."
Steve P.: "Sony A7sII + Loxia = Photo Heaven. In honour of its high ISO performance I nominate 'There is a Light That Never Goes Out' by The Smiths."
Brett Jensen: "Ricoh GR won't get fooled again."
Steve Renwick: "Nikon FM3A. If you have to ask, you won't understand the answer. 'Moondance.' Of course."
marek fogiel: "This does not look like such a big limitation to me. Which camera? Obvious, Leica M7. Best rock song? Obvious, 'I Can Get No Satisfaction'—why? Because rock n'roll can't give me satisfaction; I am a jazz addict."
Ned Bunnell: "Ricoh GR in a heartbeat. It's been my primary everyday camera for the past two years. It's the only camera along with my iPhone (hope that doesn't count as one camera) that I've taken on trips to Cuba, Mexico, Alaska, Florida, BVI, the Western U.S. etc. Based on this experience, I can honestly say its performance and image quality has never caused me to wish I'd brought a bigger camera.
"I enjoy the GR's 28mm field of view. The lens is sharper than any interchangeable 28mm lens I own. It's compact so I can travel very light with the camera, batteries, hood, OVF, and .75 wide angle conversion lens in my small Artisan and Artist Oscar bag. I guess I'm saying that another four years with my GR wouldn't cause me any angst at all."
[As you might already know, Ned is the former President of Pentax USA. —Ed.]
Alan Carmody: "Fuji X-T1. 'Sympathy for the Devil.'"
Brian: "Camera: It better be the D810 as I've just bought one and won't be able to afford another for at least four years! Song: Stones—'Paint it Black.'"
david adam edelstein: "The Leica MM2, which I finally got my hands on back in August and which hasn't really left them since then. Without hyperbole, this is the digital camera I have been waiting for since digital became a serious thing. Crazy beautiful files at low ISOs, doesn't blink when I shoot in the dark. Uses my existing 20-year-old lenses. If every other piece of camera gear was stolen while I was out of the house with the MM2 and my 50mm Summicron, I'm not sure I'd replace anything.
"Also: 'Voodoo Chile,' either Mr. Hendrix' original, or Mr. Vaughan's reinterpretation."
Nikon D750 vs. Nikon D810. Graphic courtesy Camerasize.com.
John Seidel: "Nikon D750. 'Wooly Bully' by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs."
AHC McDonald: "Twin lens. TLR. Make, model unimportant."
Edd Fuller: "Sorry, recently underwent a gadgygdalectomy so am unable to answer."
Pete Atkinson: "Nikon D800, only because I understand how to use it, unlike my new washing machine and microwave. Manufacturers make devices so complicated as though they think this is the only one we have to master?
"JSB's Toccata and Fugue in D minor—more metal than R&R I admit...."
Brian Ripley: "Canon 5DS R. Because of its lens collection (you said nothing about one lens...). In 11 years of Canon FF DSLRs I've not yet found the system lacking a lens that did what I want (affording and carrying it might be another matter). E.g. I have appreciated macro lenses (100/180mm), tilt/shifts and super-telephotos."
James Shackleton: "Ok. I'll play. Canon 6D + 40mm ƒ/2.8. Excellent IQ, size and weight. 'All along the Watchtower'—Jimi Hendrix."
Roland Tanglao: "Hi all! Olympus E-M1 and all the Olympus pro lenses! Cheers!"
Jack: "One more vote for the Leica S.
"I already did this exercise for real. I owned the Leica S2 for four years. The first year with just the 35mm S lens. After one year the 120mm S came out, and I added that. So I have experienced both this exercise, as well as your past exercise of one camera, one lens for a year. As you once said, if you go all out on quality, you will not be turning equipment over every six months, and maybe you save money by starting at what some consider the top. Well, some would say the Phase One is certainly more expensive, but I would not choose it for four years.
Dana Thomas: "Hey Mike...this is easy as I am already in the second year of use of the Lumix GH4. And if the type of work I continue to do last another two years it will clinch the deal. With the amazing Lumix 35–100 ƒ/2.8 lens on the GH4 I cam seamlessly move from stills to video and the image quality and speed of use is spot on...'nuff said."
Jeff Hohner: "Evil! Bait taken. Fuji X100T. 'Roadrunner' by the Modern Lovers."
Kirk Tuck: "Given my history it's insane to even take a stab at this one but...here goes: I would choose the Nikon D810, and to distill it down further, I would pair it with the Otus 85mm ƒ/1.4 lens. I would choose this combo because the camera is obsolescence proof for about three of the four years due to its outrageously good sensor. The lens is the best thing I can hang on the front given that I love shooting portraits.
"I thought first of a Leica MF camera and lens but realistically, no matter how much cash I have to spend, I still wouldn't want to carry that stuff all around with me. The D810 + Otus will be more than enough to build muscle. In use the D810 has been rock solid and the menus make sense to me. But it's cheap enough that I wouldn't worry about taking it out in rain or active volcanoes.
"As to the extra credit question, I think that's a softball. It's so obviously '(Can't get no) Satisfaction' by the Rolling Stones. The runner ups are 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Purple Haze.'"
Esa Kivivuori: "Leica Q (type 116). I just tested it for four weeks. It is truly a magnificent camera with a fantastic lens. ...Blood, Sweat & Tears: 'Sometimes in Winter.' I've loved it since 1968."