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Friday, 16 October 2015


"You could make a game out of this by trying to match cameras with songs. For example, what kind of a 4 year camera would someone choose if they thought “Rumble” by Link Wray was the greatest rock song ever?"

Leica M4-P.

I'd probably take the Sigma DP2 Quattro - I'm going to need all of those four years to process the photos with PhotoPro and master the camera. ;-)

Dear Mr. Fantasy by Traffic

Exclusively for four years? I've used my K-5 for about that long, but I really like the A7RII, so I'll take that for the next four. Smaller, faster, bigger sensor, still has IBIS, and more-er-er pixels.
Lenses? I'll adapt.

Best R&R song: either Faith No More "Epic" or AC/DC "Thunderstruck." (I'm not all tastefully high-brow like most of your commenters... ;)

I can answer this with confidence as I am pretty much permanently attached to a Sony A7II and a 35mm f1.4 Summilux. Do I use other cameras? Yes, of course, tools for jobs and all that, but if I could only have one it would be this camera/lens combination. I have an unreasonable amount of respect for it.

And as to one song, well that's hard, but after some thought, Point that thing somewhere else by The Clean.

The Pentax LX.

1. Pro Build
2. Great glass from many eras and manufacturers
3. The single best metering system every designed.
4. Small, solid build
5. Amazing versatility (See #3)

I am a dyed in the wool Beatles fanatic but the single best rock and roll song ever is inagaddadavida by Led Zeppelin. No competition.

[That was Iron Butterfly, which was a knock off name from Led Zep... --Mike]

My Leica MP.

...and Paint It Black, you devil!

Pentax K1000 with the 50mm f2.0 SMC-A. After all from 1988 to 2003 that was all I had. I've got it down. Gimme some XP-2 super and I'm all set. Funny, I can't imagine that in the future I'll ever have another set of equipment I'll use for 15 years.

Assuming one camera and one lens only, then probably the Sony RX10 (might as well go for the newer one if money no object). Not ready to spend 4 years without that kind of range right now. If multiple lenses, then I'd change that.

Best rock n roll song ? Only one ? I can't think of any song that isn't matched by 100 others.

p.s. I see other people didn't feel limited by one lens, so I'll follow up my previous answer. If multiple lenses are allowed, then I'd go for a Nikon D750, I think.

p.p.s. While I can't pick a best R&R song, I can pick a best album. (And that album wouldn't even have any of my candidates for best song, oddly enough). Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms. Lots of contenders, but if I were told I could pick any album to listen through from start to end, I'd pick that more often than any other.

202 posts and counting! Mike, have you set a comments record? Is it about the camera, or rock?

Camera: Sigma DP3 Merrill. It consistently creates my favourite photos, gives me the old-school film experience without the ongoing costs, and after four years I might finally be able to get the best out of it.

Song: "The Body Electric" by Hurray For The Riff Raff. It's a great song, answers so many others with a female voice that's distinctly absent from the usual top candidates, and was recommended to me by someone whose opinions I've learned to trust.

OMG, someone else knows who Jonathan Richman is

Canon G3X because it's 24-600 lens is ridiculously fun and more than good enough. Tie for Get Back and Can't You Hear Me Knocking.

Linhof Tech V--most versatile camera in my lineup. I can use it view-camera-style with the groundglass back or press-camera-style like a big rangefinder.

Oly E-M1, although, to be honest, I would probably be equally as happy (if not happier) with the E-M10 I have now. I literally need nothing more than it provides.

As for the song, "Kashmir," and it's not close.

Just received from KEH a used Nikon d200 in the mail. I owned one in the past, sold it, and just now purchased another one. I missed it. I like the way it feels in my hands, and I like the color produced by the camera. Don't know about four years.

Nikon D750. I'm 52 and began with my parent's old Kodak Pony IV forty years ago this year, and this year is the first time in those forty years that I bought exactly the camera that I wanted; that D750, in September. Not Df, D4s, or D810, though I could have.
I just love using the dang thing. When I'm uninspired, but want to shoot, I take the body with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and go park somewhere and wander. In town, in a park, the woods. That always resets my attitude and my "eye."
"Sad But True" by Metallica. Two, count 'em, two, epic Kirk Hammett solos in that song. I cannot get sick of that song after all these years.

I made that decision three and a half years ago, when I bought my D800e. No regrets. I suppose if I were making that choice today, it would be a D810 (some small improvements, but for my work, essentially identical). I know you didn't ask about lenses, but that would be an easy decision too: the 35mm/1.4G.

Had you asked this question forty years ago, I would have said an F2; and if digital hadn't come along, I might even be saying the same thing today.

As for the song, I'm not going there; but I'm tempted to say "Sysyphus", on Ummagumma, by Pink Floyd. It's got your Rock, and it's got your Roll...

Olympus OM-D E-M1. I've used mine for a little over 13 months hiking with it a thousand miles (give or take a little), from sea level to 14,000 feet, rain & shine, hot & cold. It. Just. Works. It doesn't weigh much and you can stick darn near anything on the front.

Best song? Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"

Just one camera would be a Nikon D750 - if that beast had been out sooner(and there's no reason it could't have been out before the D600), I'd have never looked at Fuji - it's small enough and good enough that it's a perfect Goldilocks machine. And Good Vibrations is my pick, but it's wrong, because we can agree that 1 camera for 4 years might be a good idea, but no way does anyone have a favorite song for that long...

To avoid going wildly off-topic, I must assume "cost no object" applies to an unmodified camera that is or was available for retail sale, and only the camera, so no Arriflex as an excuse to obtain a complete set of Master Primes, nor an F2 Titan that uses Time Lord technology to fabricate an essentially unlimited amount of film on demand.

In which case, I'd choose a D810, because most of my glass is F-mount, and I really, really like my D800.

As for the extra credit, let me choose the entire B-side of _Abbey Road_, and I'll additionally shoot nothing but the 45mm PC-E.

Hasselblad 500, truly a desert island camera, now available with a 50MP CMOS back. "Regular" digital cameras like my Fuji X T-1 and my Nikon D800E are much easier to use but don't have the romance of that huge mirror flopping around.

Best sone "Southern Cross" Crosby Stills & Nash.

D4 and 40 mm lens. Because 16 mp is enough, it goes forever, shoots in the dark, and 80% of my prints come from 40 mm lenses.

JJ Cale version of Mama Don't from his Shades album.

At my time of life, 4 years is a significant period. Were I younger, I would say that being compelled to keep any camera for four years would probably be the best thing that could happen to me to help me fulfil my ambition to belong to the "some photographers are artists" group. It would keep me from the very distracting gear churn syndrome which has characterised my photographic history. So, if I were younger I would leave it to anyone to give me any camera and tell me to go away and make pictures for four years and then (underlined) go and choose a camera.
But I am not young any more, and the foregoing was not actually what was asked, so my choice would be the camera I have recently acquired. It's a used Panasonic G6. Amazingly cheap for such a sophisticated and attractive camera. Small enough to take and use anywhere. Best of all, I now have enough money left to buy some outstanding lenses. I really do intend to keep it for as long as possible and ignore future gear temptations.
Best R&R number would be anything by Queen - let's say "I want to break free", if I have to choose.

Camera: Pentax K3 with Sigma 17-50 f2.8, a setup I already own, plus far too many other lenses. But the Sigma would do well, versatile, quiet, and croppable. But if I could realise a dream, it would be something way over the top price wise,probably a Leica.

Best song? Impossible to choose, so I will go with the song that reflected my mindset and simultaneously supported me and weakened me through years of clinical depression - Man of The World, by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

As an aside, this kind of exercise has been done before, but never has the song list been such a perfect collection of tracks chosen by MY KIND OF ROCK FAN! A set to burn to disc, that's for sure!

Rolleiflex 4x4 (Baby).

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Freebird.

The iPhone, because I love what it can do way more than what it can't.
Song? No contest: The Kingsmen's Louie Louie, a sonic howl that defies both language and the FBI!

Love this question/post, Mike! The weirdest thing happened while reading the answers, I found myself going from answer to answer "listening" to each rock song in my head without bothering to look at the camera part. We all have a favorite camera–wished for or owned–that would suit our style of photography. But the music, fascinating! I'm going to have to go through it all with a pen and paper and write down the songs I don't recognize by title. An interesting "playlist" taken in sequence. Off to youtube now to listen to a few songs.

Rolleiflex 2.8 Planar if some else does the prints.
Otherwise an Olympus OM-D, because of the great out of camera jpegs.
I prefer the listen to modern jazz or classical music nowadays. Love soul music as well. Rock and Roll was at it's best in the sixties and seventies. Among my heroes of that era are Captain Beefheart, Little Feat and these guys: The Band. Can't think of a modern Rock and Roll group that even comes close.


Fuji X100 (I have the S, but maybe the T if there's any real advantage).

The best rock-n-roll song is the Stones, "Gimme Shelter", though if it counts as rock-n-roll, I'll substitute the Byrds, "8 Miles High".

Nikon D800 because it does everything I need and I mean everything.

As an aside, I use different cameras for personal use but can seem to stick with any one yet. Currently on Ricoh GR and Fuji XT-1

Something by the Rolling Stones, let's pick Jumping Jack Flash

Leica S2
Ramones 'Blitzkreig Bop'

Mamiya 7 with 43mm and Kodak TMY2; The Feel, the Thought and the Results (and the limitations)
Best Song; U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - Still waiting for Nikon's Fuji X100 take.

Hopefully the Canon 5Dm2 that I've used exclusively for the past six years will last another four (though the new 5DS-R is tempting). "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners.

As a news photog, I'd have to go with the Nikon D4. Nikon did a nice job on the D810, but it doesn't reach the fps rates necessary for sports. For rock 'n roll tunes, a can't choose between Steely Dan's "Reelin In The Years" and ZZ Top's "La Grange".

OM-2n, just because. Rock song? Nah - but this one is a killer one.

My current Olympus EM5 (yes, the original, not the glamorous mark II)... While I love the Olympus pro series lenses, I will be happy to live with the unassuming 25 1.8 alone...
Why? Because for anything except shooting professional sports, shooting in complete darkness or perhaps printing larger than 11x13 (which is the largest I have printed any of my photos so not sure if it can or cannot do that) there is not much else I can't do with it... I have taken it to the Himalayas, in thundering rain and bitter cold and it hasn't missed a beat... 4 more years is going to be a cake walk...

Fujifilm X100T. Because I'm calibrated to 50mm lenses, and look forward to the challenge of learning 35mm. But really because I can slip it into a small bag or large pocket.

Jumpin' Jack Flash, The Stones. Mostly because of the intro.

Well Mike, we discussed this yesterday (what a pleasant visit!) - for me it will be the X100T. Or, if I procrastinate, the next iteration of the X100 line. That assumes, of course, Fuji doesn't mess up. Given their recent track record, I am not worried about that.

This won't happen, but ... if Olympus came out with a digital version of my beloved Olympus 35SP (42mm/1.7 fixed lens rangefinder) I would be ready with my credit card. I'd like it to have the Fuji viewfinder system, be the same size and form factor as the 35SP, have at least an APS-C sensor with 5-axis IBIS and maybe update the lens to f1.4. And it must have simplified manual controls. Monochrome version? Damn.

So, yeah ... Fuji it is.

Leica Monochrome - Whole lotta Rosie ACDC)

(Very late to the party, as usual… but I’ve been out photographing this weekend. ^_^ )

1) One camera: Easy - my Nikon D810

2) Why? So many reasons… The D810 does everything extremely well - great sensor, quick and accurate focus, excellent ergonomics, pro build, good performance in low light, quiet shutter/mirror mechanism. I could probably go on with more. I used my D300 for seven years (and still use it for model photography), and I see no reason the D810 won’t be my primary camera for 10 years. I expect it will be my “last DSLR.” The 36 MP sensor has more pixels than I need, but I figure I’m future-proofed (for the next decade, anyway). I’ve bonded quite closely with my D810 over the past 10 months.

3) Best rock song: I can’t advocate for a best rock song, as there’s probably no such singular thing, but I’ll list my favorite rock song: “Crazy On You” by Heart

Nikon fm3a.

Okay, Mike. 'Nuff said about cameras. It's your turn for the extra credit--what's your opinion on the #1 rock song of all time?

OK, I'll play.

Dream camera: 20x24 Polaroid. There are only a handful. The results are one of a kind. And only in my dreams could I have access to one for 4 whole years.

Best Rock and Roll song: Link Wray Rumble. American. Period appropriate (1958). Menacing. Ok, no lyrics but the ones you imagine are purer to the spirit of it then what could have been sung at the time.

Nikon D810 W/85 1.8 Nikkor. Love this combo for the absolutely best portrait images one could ever imagine. The lack of weight in the lens makes it bearable. And Mary Jane's Last Dance, Tom Petty.


Only four years?

What's wrong with you?

I've had a Canon 1Ds Mark II since 2005. It's still doing service for me.

Now 40 years. That would be a question.


Baby Please Don't Go

Muddy Waters and Mick Jagers

Ricoh GRD with the M module for me. The size and weight is about perfect and it feels great in my hands, plus I've finally gotten good enough at using it. It easily has another four years in it. Fave rock-and-roll song: "Crystal Closet Queen" by Leon Russell. Makes me want to turn it up to 11.

Nikon D750 and I will be using for the next couple of years. "The Wreck oOf The Barbie Ferrari" by John Hiatt.

Late comment here. The camera I'd use for four years is the one I've been using for the last 3 years, the Sigma SD1M with the Foveon. For my lens it's the 50 f1.4 EX DG. I may try the new 35 f1.4 Art lens. Can we have more than one lens?

As for the best song, well that's harder. Honky Tonk Women by Rolling Stone or Sorrow in your Eyes by Jackson Brown

Best for me is the Nikon D-750. Great low light performance, flip out/down screen so I don't always have to bring a ladder and better focus than the D-610. 24 megapixels is enough for virtually all clients. Would love ISO down to 6 and full 16 bit depth images. Best Rock is "The Wreck Of The Barbie Ferrari" by John Hiatt.

Ricoh GR, because there is no way I'm carrying a Leica S or other large camera along with me on weekend trips to the supermarket. Runner up: Sony RX100 Mk-whatever.

So much good music to choose from! But I'll bite the bullet and vote for
Gabin feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Into My Soul

I'm torn.

The easy answer is my Leica M (240) with my 50mm Summilux ASPH... but:

I'll just say Pentax 67. It's a BEAST of a camera but my 105mm f2.4 is a perfect lens and it draws so amazingly well. Every shot taken with it just seems special.

I will have the Samsung, no not the Smartphone, but an actual, functional camera with probably the best APS-C sensor (definitely one of the best), top-of-the-line performance, and a collection of great lenses. Samsung NX1 will be my choice, even though my main camera is D810 (which I am not ready to part with, but it is too intimidating in public places).

Favourite camera - My Rolleicord V. I have often stated that if I could only keep one of my (too) many cameras, it would be this one.

Best rock 'n' roll tune - Les Paul and Mary Ford, How High The Moon. Not rock 'n' roll?... I think it is!

A year ago I might have said the Canon 6D with the 40mm pancake. Today I would have to choose between the Leica M-E (with the Zeiss 35/2.8 Biogon) or the Fuji X100T. Love the simplicity and images out of the Leica, but the X100T is so light it begs to go everywhere with you. That might tip the scales to the Fuji. The best camera is the one you have with you, right?

For pure excellence and joy I would have to go with Boston "More than a feeling."

Any choice of just one is going to be a compromise. There is no perfect for everything.

To me the ideal compromise is medium format film. My choice would be Hasselblad V-system something. The 501C/M would be fine, as would one of the 20x models with a focal plane shutter. Great glass, and everything else in the system is OK also.

Nikon D400. Oops, long anticipated; never delivered. Stopped waiting for it and bought a D7100, which I'll have to be happy with for the coming years.
UnDun, by The Guess Who (Winnipeg, Canada rockers Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman), 1969.

I am feeling a bit nostalgic, so I will go for the original OM-1n - loaded with either Tri-X or Ektar 25 film. I fell in love with it in the early 1970's and no camera has ever given me that sense of fitting both my hands and my mind better than this beautiful piece of Japanese artwork/machinery. Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing.

Microsoft Lumia 950 (or any other good smartphone camera), can you live without your smartphone camera?

A 5D Mk1. It just works and the files have a fast workflow. I would push this having the Canon 50mm1.4 as an only lens.
The Band - The Last Waltz - The Weight feat. the staples singers.

"What's it going to be?" boy, yes, or, no, no no. Looking back on this post, that headline has Meatloaf on my mind. Is that your pick for rock song?

i have been using a nikon D7000 for the past 4+ years(waiting for godot/D400). only complaint is the unlocked mode dial. D7200 fixes that, so maybe that would be it for me.

KonicaMinolta D7D
I hate Rock and Roll

Leica Q. Wish You Were Here.

iPhone 5s. Because it is always there.
That Old Time Rock n Roll - Bob Seger

Leica SL...

Canon EOS-1V. I'm not sure there's anything, anyone, with any camera, can do, that can't be done with a 1V. Song - "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac.

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