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Thursday, 13 March 2014

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GX7! Why isn't this great camera more popular?

Canon EOS 10D, not because it was such a great camera, but because it had so many shortcomings, I was forced to learn how to use a camera in modes other than "Auto". My last Film camera was a Canon EOS Elan II, loaded with color film and set to full auto, it produced 4x6 snapshots that I liked. The 10D was my first step into digital, and my full auto results were completely unsatisfactory on the big computer screen. I learned to love my 10D, because it was the camera that I learned on.

Konica Minolta Dimage A2.

Sigma DP3 Merrill. Great lens, terrific sensor, intuitive interface.

I've had no digital SLRs, just film ones. Instead I've tried a bunch of digital compacts: the Nikon coolpix 700, a few Canon S50s, a Canon A590, an Olympus 8080wz, an Olympus EP1, a Sigma DP1, an Olympus OMD EM5.

I like the Oly EM5 a lot---a great travel and hiking camera that I'm happy to carry with me. Rugged and reliable. Good quality shots.

But somehow I most miss the offhand shooting and snaps---the less deliberate held-out-in-front-of-me view-making---that the EP1 forced me to make. I'm spoiled by the EM5's eagerness and responsiveness, so I can no longer shoot with my favorite, the EP1.

If I could only take one camera to a desert island it would be my Leica Monochrom with its 35 Lux FLE. It makes me happy!

Canon 5DII.

Bought in 2008. Still my main camera. 500,000+ exposures so far without even a hiccup, let alone a service need.

Haven't tried the III; it sounds even better but at this point I might wait for the IV.

Nikon D300. A great workhorse camera with a great feature set and all the controls right where they need to be.

D3x

Leica M8.

X20 for a year now ....

Fuji X-Pro 1.....great analogue ergonomics and fantastic output. A whole camera system for about the same as one good Leica lens :-)

Nikon V1. The first digital camera I really enjoy using. The camera gets completely out of my way, its fun to use like my film Leica I used in the late 90s.

5D "Classic" and EF50/1.4. Quiet color magic.

pentax k7. bought used after christmas and still learning it.

5D

Nikon D90 - my first DSLR which blew away all the compacts I had tried previously. I have bought better cameras since, but the differences were incremental.

Film - Pentax Pz-1P
Digital - Nikon 4Ds

D800, 70-200mm f/2.8

If by favourite you mean the one I turn to the most often, Olympus Pen E-P1, according to my Lightroom catalogue (which also tells me it invariably has the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens attached). I have other, more modern, technically more adept, digital cameras but the original Pen is evidently the one I've bonded with. It's silver, slight, unobtrusive, unthreatening and more than a few people have mistaken it for a film camera. Second in my personal Lightroom ranking is the Fujifilm X100.

I'd have to go for the Sony R1. Longest camera I've ever owned (8 years and counting). Not in full time use currently, but it could be the one camera I'd own if forced to. Amazing lens, extremely quiet leaf shutter, outstanding battery life.

Ricoh GXR. Small(ish) camera, big(gish) sensor, intuitive and ergonomic controls, good image quality. I like it with the A12 50mm Macro module best.

Sony NEX-7 and Zeiss 24mm f/1.8.

Olympus OM-1
Nikon F100
Nikon D200
Nikon D700

Sold the Oly and all the fast glass that went with it, big mistake.
Still using the f2.8 Nikon AF-S Zooms that I bought when I got the F100, 17-35, 28-70 and 80-200! They just keep working and working.

Canon 5D MkIII. It just works and is reliable, nailing focus and exposure. It becomes invisible and just does its job. After initial configuration of everything (AF, AF button under the thumb etc.) to suit my needs, I only ever use it in two modes: Manual at ISO100 and manual focus (for landscape), and Av mode for everything else. In Av mode I chose the f-stop and ISO I want, and the camera does the rest with only occasional exposure adjustment +/-.

M8/8.2. Still the best digital Leica!

The Fuji X-A1 has been my constant companion for the last four weeks as I walked the streets of London, visited my brother in a Oslo, then drove for two weeks in a Devon and Cornwall. Almost all the shots were with the 18-55mm. I also packed the Rokinon 8mm full-frame fisheye for tight quarters, and the Fuji 50-230 mm, not exactly birding length even with the crop factor, but it recorded a striking image of a European robin singing its little heart out.

Did not see a drop of rain or a flake of snow for the entire trip. Something is up with the weather. Will be back in Phoenix tomorrow.

My Olympus C5050Z - the first digital camera I bought, having waited until I found one that I thought I could use like a "normal" camera. I found myself taking it everywhere and experimenting with what it could do. I have bought too many cameras and lenses since and the image quality is better but I was very happy with that camera.

Olympus E-M5 with, currently, Sigma 30 mm f/2.8

iPhone - I pull it out of my pocket, hit the home button, flip up the camera icon on the bottom right lock screen, compose, tap for focus and snap the picture. That all takes less than 3 seconds.
Other cameras are faster at that part - good ones do all that in milliseconds.
What I can do in the next 60 seconds is pull up the photo, edit it in an intuitive photo editor, and then (unobnoxiously) share that photo with family and friends.
The fact that grandparents a half a world away can live the moment of a sports event or a school play minutes after it has happened makes this my favorite camera.

OLY E-1, For Sure!

It's big. It's heavy. You're lucky if the battery lasts 50 shots. And IQ falls off a cliff above ISO 400. But find its sweet spot and the Leica DMR delivers like nothing else. The best digital red so far and DNG files that contain more subtle details and a finer gradation of tonalities than the NEFs from my D600.

My favorite was the used Leica III I acquired in 1956 for $65 while in high school. Some of the slower shutter speeds did not work properly, but the problem never really got in my way. In 1962, yy brother asked to borrow it to use during his junior year in Paris. Upon arrival, he promptly traded it for what he believed was a 14th century map of Europe. He then traded the map for what was supposedly an unsigned Modigliani print and an unsigned Picasso print. He proudly brought those back to me. To this day, we don't know whether the prints are real--he took them to the Art Institute of Chicago for evaluation. They could not say with confidence, but they doubted it. He later learned the map was genuine. My favorite since then is the Fuji X100S. It is simply more fun to use than the Pentax Spotmatic and Nikons I have owned.

D700

Olympus E-P1. I like the later Oly MFT cameras better in every rational way, but I still miss that E-P1. I hope it found a happy home with whoever bought it from me on eBay.

OK.. I'll give this a try. I've used MANY digital cameras. Afterall, the digital roller coaster has been rumbling along for some time now, bringing us new 'necessities' every few months. I've been pushed around by P&S, SLR, and mirrorless mania all along the way. Through all of this I think I can say that my favorite has been the Fuji X-Pro1. Its ticked more of my 'boxes' than any othee. And I've owned it, by far, for the longest time. I've no doubt that there'll be others in the future, but for now its the Fuji.

Canon G3.

The D70s and an Ai 35mm Nikkor.

My newer D700 is technically a much better camera, and it even meters with that lens! But even with no AF and no metering, the D70s / 35 had a wonderful balance, and eventually I learned to figure out exposure methods.

The Epson R-D1 is still my favourite digital camera.

It is such a rare thing for a digital camera.
To have such intuitive, funtional and simple ergonomics, the very essence of photography.

It is everything the Leica M8/M9/M240 are sadly not, but could have been.

My favorite digital camera ever was the very first one I owned, a Kodak DC3200 (1.0 mega pixel) in 2001. It was Kodak's Brownie of digital cameras and made excellent pictures: spot-on exposures, beautiful realistic colors, and a decent 39mm equivalent lens. Fixed-Focus, Auto-Exposure, no adjustments possible. The body was a sturdy plastic and nearly indestructible. The menu could be understood without the book. Menu items and button labels were large enough to be used without reading glasses. Fond memories of that camera still lurk in the back of my mind.

OK. Back again because you're forcing me to pick a digital camera :P

My fave there would have to be the DMD, I mean, the Fujifilm X100S. Tabulate me!

Sony a850. Beautiful colors, very nice resolution, excellent ergonomics. At low ISO values, still close to the current state-of-the-art.

For older digitals, I'd have to go with either the Sony R1, F717 or H1 - and if forced to choose I'd say the F717. Great lens, interesting tech.

Of course, I don't usually pull any of these ones out of the drawer - the Pentax K5 is my day to day shooter, but they were each great cameras in their time - the R1 and F717 still holding their own in good light.

That would have to be the Kiev 4 -- the first camera I knew well enough that I could break it and repair it and break it confidently again!

Nikon D300. It is literally my right hand. Fast autofocus, decent higher ISO. When using it I don't think about the tool (much) just about the image.

Canon G3 in the very early 2000s. See what it could do in the hands of Wilson Tsoi on photo.net -- I believe he selected a subset limited specifically to this camera.

My favorite was my second digital camera, the Minolta Dimage XT, a tiny workhorse that I had in my pants pocket, together with keys and coins. Needless to day, it was all scratched up, including the LCD screen. Though the colors were a bit off (corrected in post), I enjoyed it better than even my subsequent DSLR and m4/3 cameras.

Pentax K20D, no contest.
As a distant second and third: Samsung EX1 and Panasonic GF1.

Sony DSC-F717. Still use it sometimes, too.

Leica M8, despite the quirks

Sigma dp1. Quality per pixel, nice conversions to bw, fixed favourite focal length, small, calming (slow in other words).

My favorite was probably my Konica-Minolta 7D; the close runner-up would have to have been its predecessor, the Minolta Dimage A1.

KM 7D

X100 for me, still a real pleasure to use

Olympus E-5 w/ 12-60 f/2.8 + 5 more 4/3rd lenses. Doomed from the start with the 12 megapixel sensor, but love that Olympus glass. Own EM-1 and it is not up to par with the 4/3rd lenses. Optically it is wonderful but AF speed falls short.

RX1

Since going mirrorless with the original NEX-5, it's been musical chairs with the NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-7, M9, RX1, X100 and X100s.

I finally settled on the original X100, and I plan on shooting it for a long time...

Nikon d-40 with 16-85mm zoom

It's my OM-D EM5

Film: M6
Digital: M9

Ricoh GR

No question, my still-going-strong Fuji X100. Great colors, quiet, sharp, unassuming, easy to carry around. What else could you ask for in a camera?

Jeff

Fujifilm X100

Of the three I've used, my favorite is a nikon d200.

Favorite and most used-Fujifilm X-10. Are they ever going to drop the "film"part of the name? Early favorite was an Olympus C-5050, followed by Pentax 1st DS and K-7.

Best and favorite camera is my Nikon D700.

Getting in a vote for my D700 before it's too late!

Panasonic LX-3. Lens is better than newer editions. I've never found a DSLR that I've just loved. Would love to try a fuji x-pro or RX1.

[Note: I submitted a comment last Friday, but I don't see it anywhere, so I'll try again. Not trying to have my vote counted twice!]

My hands-down favorite digital is the Nikon D3s; best camera I've ever owned (or used, for that matter).

Favorite film camera -- Nikon F4S.

OMD-EM5!

Sony nex 7

The shutter makes such a nice snicky sound. The tri-navi makes it possible to control the camera with your right thumb. The grip fits your hand so snugly. And the lenses. Two lovely Sigma primes plus the lovely Sony 50mm portrait lens cover most of the focal lengths I need and now we have the delectable Zeiss 16-70 zoom for lazy vacation shooting. As close to perfection as you can buy.

Going to try and get my vote in as well, before it's too late.

My all-time favourite camera to shoot with so far has been my Olympus E-5. It married actually quite lovely, modern image quality with a camera body that I adore, still to this day. I'm happy to have moved on to more modern sensors with my new E-M1, but everything about the E-5 feels just so very right in my hands, especially with a Pana-Leica 25 1.4 on the front.

Sony RX10: great lens, sensor, controls, and features like sweep panorama and Sony's incomparable "Rich Tone Monochrome" mode.

Eos 6d, because it's the one I use now .... I can't get sentimental about these things...I am, supposed to be, a practical man.

The Fuji X100S is the one that feels most right in my hand. Great files and colors. Silent to a fault and ergonomics designed for a photographer. And with the right do-almost-all focal length.

I've gone on long trips with that camera alone and it has never let me down.

If I had to choose a second camera, it'd be its big brother the X-T1 paired with the 56mm f1.2. That giant EVF and ergonomics are to die for.

Much as I loved the images from the Sony A7 and the awesome 55mm f1.8 ZA, the Sony never felt totally at ease with me. A little too loud. A little slower on the AF. A little too fiddly…

I forgot to add, just out of interest, that my favorite, personal photography lens, to go with the Eos 6d, is the 40mm pancake from Canon!

I asked my wife which camera she thought was my favorite, and she replied, my 'ex' Leica X1. The truth is that for 2 1 /2 years I almost used this little camera exclusively for my personal work.... It really made me see anew and rejuvenated my photography!

Olympus Pen EPL-1 with the kit lens.

Pentax K5 II.

Quiet, small, great sensor, in-body IS, weathersealed, and (finally!) autofocus that works properly.

Pentax K-01, surprisingly.

I love it more than the K100Ds (used to own) and K-7 (still have it).

Has to be my Sigma DP2 Merrill

Repost riposte.

Just one and digital? I had the only (it seems) "works without a problem" Epson RD 1. First use of Leica and Voightlander lenses before Leica's lame M8.
Sorry I sold it.

My Leica M9.

Favourite film camera? Now that's a lot harder.

For sheer convenience, the Minolta 9xi I'm presently having a blast with. A streamlined and minimalist body (though criticised as the time!). It, with the two beer cans, gives a very nice kit, with a 24 to 210 focal range that fits into one of the smallest Lowepro bags.

Best of the manual focus SLRs, the Leica R7. Small, beautifully built and intuitive. What else can one say about the ultimate development of the already excellent Minolta XD-7/XD-11. Just edges out the small Nikon models.

Best of the autofocus SLRs, I think the Canon EOS 1V. Indestructible build and infallible in the field. Much preferred by me to the Nikon F6 which has neither quality. But special mention of the Nikon F4 for its build, flexibility and simplicity of use (as Thom Hogan wrote, with a modern AF system, Nikon could have chosen to bang them out today).

Sorry about the verbosity.

My vote goes for sony nex-5.

I loved my Konica Minolta 7D and my brother is still using it, it is still fun to shoot with a DSLR (sony a100 is my current camera). The sony mirrorless system became matured and the lens line is getting fine for my purposes, so I shoot more and more with the nex-5. It's getting old but I don't feel the need to change it. My next camera will most probably be a sony A6000. My remaining issues with the nex seems to be solved (fast AF, viewfinder, better flash communication, lacking lenses), but today, my favorite camera is nex-5.
Every year I make a selection of my best photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiberstrobe/sets/72157639083789444/
In 2013 most of the selected photos (10 out of 16) were shot with the nex-5.

Cheers

Marcell

Fujifilm X100.

Panasonic LX3

Panasonic FZ200. Does everything and well. 1.3 pounds of pure photographic pleasure.

Digital - easily the Canon 5D mk III ... the first digital camera that has stopped me looking at upgrades because it's simply that good.

Film - that's very, very tough. My early 80's Olympus OM-2SP gets an annual burst that reminds me every time why I chose it over the Canon T50/T70 way back. But on balance it would have to be my Hasselblad 503cx and 'Blad glass ... if you've never marvelled at 6x6 colour trannys shot with simplicity on the V you've really missed out.

I have to say the most fun I've had with a digital camera is the Panasonic GM1 although I use all the serious professional gear for all my work.

Fujifilm F30

A7

5D MK3

M8, for the reason Curt stated, I learned the most with it. Would be using the M now if the things (and the lenses) weren't so expensive.
Favorite film camera: The MP, it just felt right.
Favorite film SLR: F100, built like a tank, compact, all the right features.

Still using them, film minolta 9000, digital Minolta 7D.

In case I am not too late for the poll ...

My favourite digital camera must be Fuji X-E1. I like it for it's sensor and no-nonsense design.

My vote for analog camera must go to Olympus XA. A great small camera.

Fuji X-T1. Have it only for a few days but the ergonomics and overall performance are simply amazing.

Film: Hasselblad SWC 903
Digital:Canon 1DsIII

Canon 5D ("classic")

Olympus OMD E-M1

My favorite Digital camera is my Nikon D600 with the 24-85mm "kit" lens

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