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Tuesday, 09 August 2016


I'd almost certainly stick with Fuji, with an XT1 and XPro1 (or their replacements if the payout covered them) plus the 18mm/35mm/60mm primes I currently have, and the 55-200 for occasional telephoto use. I'd also have to find a replacement mint condition Olympus E-1 and pair that with the 11-22 and 14-54 lenses because life isn't the same without it.

I would find another 500cm with 80mm and then buy two Ricoh GR.

I'd be quite happy.

I'd replace my 645Z and lenses, flashes....with the exact same things. My A7R, plus lenses & etc....maybe the RX1RII?

But I would consider getting a one or two fixed lens cameras instead. Esp. if the fixed lens is a decent zoom to telephoto.

........Mike....I would sit back and believe in providence and never
look through a camera again at the world but I would still read
your thingie. You are a talent beyond photography. Say!....I might
even use my brain as a sensor and enjoy the rest of the visit here
turning the pages in my mind.....

I'm a hybrid shooter, and I'd stay that way...

2 Nikon FGs; Nikkor 24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 105 f/2.5 ; Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E and 75-150mm E.

Fuji XPro 2 or XT2; Fuji 10-24 f/4, Fuji 18mm f/2, 23mm f/1.4 35mm f/2, 60mm Macro.

I probably wouldn't replace the Crown Graphic... I don't use it enough, and shame on me for that.

Sure, seems like a load of duplication, but everything has a current, if occasional use...

This one's easy. I'm deep into Sony E/FE stuff, and would get the current replacements.

I am with Ned B., the GRII all the way.

Easy, Sony Alpha FE MILC, as it is the system that takes the wonderful ZEISS lenses made for it.

I would not replace my Nikon FX DSLR and assorted modern and legacy lenses. Instead, I might consider the Sony RX100 or RX10.

The rest of the money would go for a new mountain bike. Mountain bikes have been evolving even faster than cameras and my bike is now about 50 years old in "bike years."

And I could easily carry the RX100 or RX10 on the bike. Win-win.

I currently use a Nikon D810 and a bunch of lenses. I'd get exactly the same setup that I have now, except replace the 70-200 f/2.8 with the f/4 version. Skip replacing the four or five lenses that I still have from film days and the buy an 85mm. I'd also skip replacing the RX100iii and use that extra money to buy a Fuji XT2 and a lens or two just to carry while biking or paddling.

Other than a few extra lenses that I don't need and the RX, which I'm not satisfied with, I have exactly what I need to do what I do.

Been there, done that. Several times. And I would therefore end up with the Fuji X-T1/2 and lenses that I have now. The perfect camera doesn't exist but as cameras have evolved they are better in every way in general and the Fujis are the best compromise for me.

Curiously (not reading anything into it of course ;-) by the time I posted this, which is later as I'm in Australia, there were 99 comments and the camera brands mentioned in order from most to least for the top 6 were Fuji, Sony, Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Panasonic.

I wish to revise my answer. The first version was excessively wordy and technical.

I would replace the stuff I actually use and have enough left over for a down payment on a Miata.

Same thing I'm currently using... The next level up is wildly more expensive, so it's realistically as good as it can get for me.

"Mike replies: I vote: keep using the expensive lens. Being used is a better destiny for a lens than being precious."

Oh no Mike, I completely agree. I'm not worried about resale value. My point is that I feel like I have to keep it insured at its current value, or be stressed out about theft.

I'd buy exactly what I have now...

Xpro2 and 8 Fuji lenses. I may not rebuy all of them and I'd go on holiday with the saving.

Fortunately, the same as I have now, a Pentax K-1 with a bunch of Zeiss ZK- and, if necessary, ZF.2-series lenses.

Jeffrey B.

Probably the Pentax K1 with their 3 new lens, for landscape work and more mp for larger prints.

I am SO glad I had my s95 with me when someone stole all of my camera equipment. Everything. Luckily for me, they also stole all my darkroom equipment! And my photo archive, negatives and prints. All gone. Free, free, free at last. Bill

Despite my previous silly flip answer now that I had time to think I'd probably just buy the same favorite 35mm and replace my Pen F (a real Pen F that uses film) with a couple of good clean bodies and every lens I could lay my hands on including the 25mm f2.8 and 70mm f2 and a 38mm f2.8 pancake if I could find one. Absolutely lovely camera.

Another Fuji wannabe here. I'd go with an X-T2 based system with as many lenses as the insurance settlement allowed.

I'm currently shooting with two systems: Nikon FX (D800), and micro 4/3 (Olympus OMDs). I think that right now the Fujis occupy the sweet spot between image quality, size/weight and price.

But then I haven't tried a Sony yet ...

I has this happen to me twice. First time I got enough out of three Fujica bodies to get a Pentax SF-1. I did get the Fujica stuff back 5 yeaes later). I went digital with a Pentax *istDs and later a Pentax K10D. All of my Pentax cameras were stolen and with the replacement policy I got a Pentax K20D. The local Police found my cameras in a pawn shop and returned them to me. If this happens again, I would probably buy a point and shoot and just shoot JPEGs.

Straight replacement for what I have now - couple of Fuji X bodies and a few lenses: 18-55, 50-140, 16, 23, 35 (I'd probably go back to the f/1.4 rather than the current f/2, for lack of digital correction and light-collecting properties), and replace the Samyang 12mm with the 10-24 or Zeiss Touit 12mm. I'd replace the 18 and 27 because of their compactness, although don't use them much since getting the 16 and 23.
Every time I import a set of raw+jpg images into Lightroom and take a quick look through the results my heart is lifted by what these lenses and the X-Trans sensor can produce. Never felt like this about any of the numerous other systems owned over the past 40 years. And I really can't find the need for a slapping mirror.
Just spent the weekend photographing a local music festival in light ranging from high contrast sunshine to that of a murky, atmospheric marquee, using mainly the 50-140 f/2.8 and 23 f/1.4. No problems whatsoever, fabulous results, minimal processing time and no physical fatigue!

I've considered this - If stolen, lost, destroyed...
I can't change to anything different from M43 until someone else makes a lens like the Olympus 40-150 f2.8. As they say, "only when you pry it from my cold dead hands..."

Right now I would do the same as in the last six years: Stay with MFT.

This year I seriously upgraded the bodies. Bought an E-P5 new at less than half for what it was selling a couple of years ago. Bought an E-M5 second hand at a quarter of what it used to cost new.

Get another 1.8/17mm, 1.7/20mm, 1.8/45mm and 60mm macro, (might add a 25mm) and be hapyy because I have found all I need a long time ago.

Repurchase Fuji X-pro2 (x2) and X100T, maybe replace Nikon D750 with X-T2, and replace Nikon FX glass with more Fuji lenses. Definitely get the f/2 23mm and 50mm when they are available. The 35/2 is excellent, and so is the X-pro2.

I'd buy it all again. I think the APS format is right for my needs, I like the reach it gives me with a 70-200, and the K3 is excellent value for money. It works fine with my mostly 3rd party lenses and has effective IBIS and good low-light performance. Good view finder, good enough AF, small, light and not so mechanically noisy. I might update a few things: my 2003 era Sigma 24-70 isn't really up to it anymore, although I can do without it in favour of the 17-50. The 70-200 of the same age is still good enough. It might be tricky to find some of those bargain used lenses again (the 300/2.8 that I had to have as a nice toy, for a fraction of the cost of a canikon). There are a few things I wouldn't bother with (the 2x extender).
I really can't see anything that would tempt me away.

Well, that is one mean question! ;)
Two years ago I changed priorities from "as fast and technically perfect as possible" to "as much character as possible", bought a used D700 and since then I collected some beautiful vintage Nikon glass that gives me the look I tried to achieve, since I switched to digital photography. I had an episode of about 2 years, when I sold all digital gear to buy the wonderful Zeiss Ikon zm along with the 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar and although I loved the results I switched back again just for convenience. No, I never wanted to achieve a film look with my digital photography, but a look with an equal amount of character regardless of its heritage. I am quite happy now, but still miss the juicy black and white tones that film can deliver.
So my answer would be that I'd keep a Ricoh GR for convenience, but my main setup would be a Mamiya 7 with the 80mm f/4 lens, with development and prints made by myself.
Cheers, and thanks a lot for your wonderful and "must check for new entry everyday" blog. Please apologize my bad english.

I'd probably get a Hasselblad film camera, some Holgas, and either a Fuji x100T or XPro2 and 3 primes.

I'm currently trying to decide if my single x100T with no other digitals is good enough for what I want to do.

Starting over, I'd shoot with a 5X7 camera in combination with a 5X7 enlarger. Currently, I only have 4X5 enlargers; therefore any negatives larger than 4X5 are contact printed. To me, 5X7 is minimum size for contact printing; yet it would be nice to also enlarge them as another option.

Now you have me kind of wishing that would happen. A full reset might be refreshing. I'd have to think long and hard, well not too hard, about which direction to go.

Yikes. I would probably spend a lot of money at Lens Rentals trying the cameras and lenses that I have never even seen. I have bought a couple of Sonys, a6000 and RX10, when they were replaced by newer models. I like them both but return to M4/3 when I want to shoot and not think about the camera. Never held a Fuji but have never really heard a bad word about them. Sigh.

I'm pretty content with what I've got so would probably replace it outright.
Oly - Pen-F, brace of PRO lenses. Only thing I might do is swap some of the primes for more zooms, particularly a 14-45 kit effort.

That, and wait until photokina to see about the Mk.II coming out...

I would just buy another X Pro 2 and X00T. I could not possibly be happier with the cameras and lenses.

A bit late getting to this question. A longtime reader here (from the start), so when Kenneth Tanaka mentions the Panasonic GX85 as his everyday alternative, that catches my attention. Am happily using a GX7 for its portability, but it has always seemed a good camera that would be even better if thinner and with enhanced IBIS. Although the GX85 came along and checks those boxes, I've not upgraded. Did notice that at least two other readers gave the new model their nod, too. Resistance is nervously eyeing the door.

Just spent a day today photographing with friends.

I picked up my loved Pentax K5 and 21, 35 macro and 77 FA ltd. What a weight ..... and we had as usual some walking to do. Then I picked up my bag with Olympus OMD EM5 with primes 12/17/25/45/60 macro with the 12-40 2.8 and the Panasonic 100-300 ... all in a tiny Lower Bag and weighing next to nothing.

Much as I am tempted I think I would wave my Pentax system goodbye. The only change would be the newer version of the EM5 as it would do that clever thing to enable bigger depth of field with the macro lens.

So it is in the end M43 for me .. but I would like to replace my Fuji X100 Black with the two extra 28/50mm f2 lenses. Its slow focusing irritates but it is none the less a pleasure every time I take it out.

The conundrum here is that any answer is influenced (perhaps nearly 100%) by the equipment one has already used over the used. Who would I be as a photographer had I not started with that C35V, then the OM-1, additional OMs, the M3, the SL66, the Toyo 45A, the Olympus 35SP (3 examples!) etc., etc.?

All that said, I would probably stick with my Chamonix 45 and three lenses - 75, 125 & 240A.

I had it happen 30 years ago when my Olympus OM system was stolen. I moved to A Nikon F3 then. I'm using Nikon DX gear now. If I were starting over I would have to decide between replacing my current gear with newer models while simplifying my lens collection (too much duplication now) or a Fuji X100T and trying to stay minimal.

Oops, I forgot. In addition to a Rolleiflex or Fuji 6×9, I would want to replace my Leica M2 with another Leica film body and a few lenses. I think every photographer needs to occasionally use film to get back to more basic photography, slow down, and be more contemplative; for 35mm film, the Leica does a great job.

Exactly the same gear I shoot with now: the Fuji X-T1 and a few prime lenses.

If the settlement were generous enough I might add a lens.

The temptation would be there to acquire gear that pushes my photography in an entirely new direction.

An Olympus E-M1 with 40-150mm 2.8 and 300mm 4.0 lenses(and a trip to Yellowstone) would be a fun setup for learning wildlife photography.

I think it would be a tragedy to have my equipment stolen, but it would give me the opportunity to consolidate my three current systems (Canon, Nikon, and Leica M) into one coherent system. I think I would go for a Leica SL with the 24-90 zoom (for DSLR type duties), an M adapter, and a set of M lenses similar to what I currently own. A one body solution to what I am currently doing with three.

Almost certainly, I would stay with the Sony A7 series and the same set of lenses that I currently have. I chose them for a good reason, and I am very pleased with my kit.

I must say that I am surprised by all the Fuji love being expressed in this thread. I had no idea that Fuji was so popular, but it may be the favorite system at TOP.

The logical thing for me to do would be to re-purchase a Sony A7-series camera with SEL35F28Z lens and another Panasonic DMC-GM5 with 12-32mm kit zoom.

But just for fun, I might like to try an RX1 Mk II instead of the A7. Why not? Much of my actual shooting is done with the 35mm lens anyhow.

As for the DMC-GM5, I've grown accustomed to it's lilliputian controls, and it's spot-focusing feature is great.

Much as I like my Sony SEL90M28G lens, it's typically shallow DOF doesn't always work to my advantage, and it's large to boot. A 45mm macro lens for the Micro 4/3 outfit might suffice for my needs.

Tripod: I sold an original Gitzo carbon fiber tripod and replaced it with a CF Manfrotto, but I think I want my Gitzo back, or maybe a newer version with non-rotating tubes.

Bag: Would love to try out this Porter / Nikon creation:


Film accounts for less than 5% of my total output and I don't expect that to increase much. But it gives me a great excuse to tinker with old cameras. But I would not re-purchase my Leica 3F + 50mm Summicron because that's too serious an outfit for what really is an un-serious part of my hobby. I seem to be having a blast with sub-$100 purchases, so why change that.

The new Hassie, X1D and the two(three) lenses. Period.

Definitely replace my Nikon S3 2000 with 50/1.4, Bessa 667 iii and my black Leica M3 abd R9 cameras with the same models. These I use regularly. The Contax RTS and the Olympus OM4 systems ... I could probably live without. The Nikons and Canons (FD and EOS) I can definitely live without.

For digital, i would replace my Leica SL with the same and my Micro 4/3 with the GX8 but would be severely tempted by the Fuji ... Would have to rent the Xpro and XT 2's. However, the future mirrorless Hasselblad is a distraction.

It is the lenses that are the hardest. The newer designed sharp as a razor lenses like the 50 Apo summicron, 90 apo, maybe will be the furst but building back the 80 R Summilux, FD 85/1.2, nikons, olypmus, zeiss variations of 80-105 lenses would all come down to the Leica 80 and another 85/2. Leica R macros of 60&100. plus the Nikon 58/1.4G are certain. Leica 90-280 zoom. Next hard one is how many 50's to buy from years gone by. They all have so much character.

After 49 years with Nikon changing to lightweight Fuji.

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