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Friday, 19 January 2018


An addendum to my earlier request for a Nikon M850 - the mirrorless D850. After upgrading to an IPhoneX today, it got me thinking a bit. I would like my M850 to basically have a an IPhone display and functionality as the rear screen. I want to be able to edit with apps when needed. I want to be able to send images via email or internet upload. If I pay $6-7K for a D5, why does it not have it's own mobile data connection via a carrier like Verizon? I don't want to attach to a phone or laptop via bluetooth, wifi, NFC or any other acronym. I want my M850 to have native internet access via mobile carrier. A 28mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8.

Contact G2 digital with a full set of those G Zeiss lenses.

Mine is simple and remains the same: digital Mamiya C330. Short normal and long lenses. Adapted for digital. Nice used interface. That’s it. Please somebody. Not holding my breath though.

For me its easy - largely its close to what I now have - which has evolved over years to match my style -but just a bit better quality and newer. So Sony A7RIII, 16-35 GM, 70-200 GM, 55 1.8 ZA.

Covers just about everything I shoot (travel, landscape, close-up sports while also giving me a small, light easy prime option to throw over my shoulder while riding.

Mine would be the Nikon D300 with 35mm 1.8, the 12-24, and a Tamron 200-500. Wait, that's an old one that does fine work, so no camera company would pay to promote that thing.

OK, the Olympus EP3 with Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4, the Oly 45mm and the Oly 17mm. Wait, that too is old and it doesn't have an articulating LCD. But it does have highlight blinkies...

Well, how about the Panasonic GX7 with...wait, that's old too, my viewfinder is half blurred even after repair, and oddly, the exposure meter in manual mode shows 2 stops less exposure is needed to get the same exposure in any other mode. Then when the photo is taken, it's 2 stops underexposed.

Alright, the Nikon D500 with the Nikon 200-500, and some of the new "professional" level DX lenses. Wait...there ain't any such lenses, are there?

OK, I guess I don't need or lust for any newer camera. Actually, I have a hard time even becoming slightly interested, since I see nothing that is going do much for my photography.

So I will go with pure, extravagant luxury and get a Leica M10 and a 28mm f2, a 50mm f2 and maybe a 90mm. But if it didn't do magic for me, I'd be awfully angry for the new few years while waiting to return to using my older cameras.

Upon reflection, I would have to decline the offer, because for my particular (peculiar?) needs, I know of no camera that can replace my current A7R / Cambo WDS combo.

Which is not to say it's perfect, because it's not. But it does what I need it to do slightly better than any of the available alternatives, so for now, at least, I will happily stand on it.

Lenses are another matter, although I am happy enough with my current choices that I suspect I would be reluctant to lock myself into another set and risk the possibility of being stuck with them for any length of time should the weaknesses that always seem to reveal themselves slowly ultimately prove intolerable.

(That said, I am rather infatured with the Pentax FA Limited trio at the moment, but there's no telling how long this will last. Last year, I was similarly infatuated with my trio of Sigma Art lenses, but the bloom is now off the rose with those, so who knows?)

For the year of shooting with limited gear — Nikon Df plus these Nikkors: 28mm f/2.8, the 85mm f/2, and the 105mm f/2.5.

All lenses are the old manual focus models, and frankly, I'd use the 28mm for 90+ percent of the shooting.

From fantasyland, I'm still waiting for a digital SLR that is as small and manually operated as my two favorite film cameras: the Nikon FE and the Pentax ME Super. Just bodies only, I have enough lenses for both...

I have been loyal to my M4/3rd System for over 6 years. As I bought and used the Fuji cameras and Sony RX10 and RX100 series cameras, I always kept my M4/3rds Lens. I currently have my very old Panasonic GH1 camera that was converted to Standard Infrared 5 years ago.It still makes special photos.
I enjoy my Panasonic GX85 because for traveling I like the size and image quality. I would like the future GX9 to include a Tilt-Up and Down LCD Screen. The GX series should stay different from the GH and G series which are more heavily becoming Camcorders. I hope that the GX9 retains the adjusting EVF with the Big View of the G9 Viewfinder. Add the Flip-Up LCD, Add a working Blue Tooth Connection, and Built-In GPS and Newest Sensor with 2 SD Slots and I am in Love.

Did I finally grow up, at the age of 57? After endlessly mucking about with manual focus "old glass" I’ve just bought me my first autofocus lens. A U.K. shop had the formidable Pentax 31mm on offer; £750,- instead of the usual £1300,- was to good a deal to ignore.
The lens to end all lens lust (I sincerely hope).
On an APS-C camera it becomes a slightly-wide-normal & a perfect candidate for an OC-OL-OY adventure.

Since November 2014 I have continued to be guided and motivated by your "Digital Variant" column of that fall, now 3+ years ago. At that time, my first weapon of choice was my Panasonic G5. I think it was the following spring that Olympus released the M5 MkII. I upgraded/updated to that camera. Once in awhile, for a special outing, I still bring out my Canon 5D MkII. But if I could only shoot with ONE format for two years? Micro 4/3rds for me.

I have reconsidered. I’ll take the Phase One Trichromatic and three of their best lenses (wide, portrait and normal). I’ll lug it around for the required time and do my best. Then at the end of the contract I will reluctantly sell it for what I can and hire a contractor for some needed house repairs.

Hmm... I’m going to go a different route than most. I’ll say a Keith Canham 8x10.

I picked up a Korona 8x10 a few months ago and while I love the format and love how shooting LF slows me down, I’m not completely thrilled with the old Korona. I also find myself reaching for my digital gear for speed and ease far too often. Having a top quality 8x10 would be incredibly enjoyable but I’d honestly like the requirement that it be the only camera I shoot for two years even more. Being limited to a large, slow camera would probably be maddening at times but I think I would have an absolute blast with it. I just don’t have the disciplinary fortitude to do it on my own.

I’m not sure what lenses I’d want. So far, I have only used a 12” Kodak Commercial Ektar with the Korona and haven’t really developed a sense of what other lenses I would want for the format. I’d probably request to start the two years with a single lens and then add the other two as I go along and learn what I’d like.

Great thought experiment! It's always fascinating to read what people choose and why. And also interesting how removing the money component has such an influence.

For myself, the immediate reaction was to swing for the seats - get something that I could never afford on my own. But as I mulled it over I realized that "more camera" wouldn't really make me happier.

So to the gear: I think Micro Four-Thirds hits a lot of sweet spots for most of us. And the classic three lens kit is hard to beat (e-35, 50, 90.) So for me it's an Olympus E-M1 Mk.2, and 17mm, 25mm & 45mm primes. Now the new Oly Pro 1.2 primes look to be fantastic, but they are big & bulky (for mFT.) So it's the small, outstanding 1.7 primes that do it for me. And here's the real surprise: I already shoot this exact kit on a regular basis. It's compact, discreet, makes great-looking files and my back and shoulders thank me daily.

When I retired a couple of years ago I vowed to try harder to "want what I have." Your post helped me realize that maybe it's working!

If Nikon had ever made APS-C lenses that matched the performance and price of its APS-C bodies, I'd still have a D90 with a wide-, medium- and tele-zoom. As it was, they forced people like me to go to pro lenses or to wade in the swamp of third party lens makers. While I was wading, I discovered micro 4/3rds, dumped all that big black stuff and have never looked back.

Fuji GFX-50S. 120MM macro, 23 and 63mm lenses

Well damn, looks like you weren't the only one with the itch, look at the number of comments! Gear really brings out all the boys, so to speak. :P

I'd just try to replicate the system I currently own: Nikon D850, 14-24 f/2.8, 16-35 f/4 and a 70-200 f/2.8. Can we assume teleconverters don't count as lenses? If so, 1.4x & 2x, too.

If Nikon would update the 17-35 f/2.8, then I'd drop the 14-24 and add the 24-120 f/4.

The terms of your hypothetical question very much bias the answer I can give. Restricting myself to three lenses for two years is a huge loss compared to what I normally do; on days I take any photos at all I rarely come in under 4 lenses. So, to answer this question as I think you really intend it, the answer has to be "no thank you". There isn't any camera body/system that I want to switch to so desperately that I'm willing to give up much of my photographic capability for two years to get started into.

And, instead, given that option I'd pick my current Micro Four Thirds system and use the deal to get me an additional body and three lenses. I'd have to research the lenses (I have pretty much all the low-hanging fruit already) but the body would obviously be the most stupidly named camera ever, the OM-D EM-1 mark II. (It probably isn't actually #1; the depths to which camera naming can sink are really quite remarkable.)

Christopher May, if I might suggest that 2 of these lenses, for a largish sum of money would solve that problem completely. Since this is a fantasy anyway, should be just fine :D



Two would give you the set of lens cells for 5 different focal lengths.

8x10. sigh. You're living the life...

I'm having such a blast using a manual focus/aperture lens on my camera body now that if I could do this little exercise it would just HAVE to be the latest Leica body with the Sumilux pair of 24mm and 35mm with the 'cron 75mm doing the long end duty. The 35mm would be doing about 90% of the work with that combo.

The itch is the early symptom for GAS, or NAS for Nikon shooters, etc etc etc.
AW2 with updated sensor (from say the J5), updated controls, a detachable hood for the back screen to convert it to an EVF (ala video shooters). And AW equivalents of 6.7-13mm and 10-100mm (non-PD) lenses. Then throw in a fast 16mm 1.2 lens, coz I prefer something closer to 40mm than 50mm equivalent for a ‘normal’ lens. It also needs a better way to attach filters like a CPL.
It would be light enough to carry around, and still go places most cameras can’t.

I choose APS-C.

I almost never need a very narrow depth of field. Those, "the eyes are pin sharp but the ears and the end of the nose are out of focus blurs" shots have no attraction for me. I have no reason there to go for a bigger format.

Even at f/2.8 or 4, depth of field is narrow enough. I do often like lots of depth of field, which APS-C easily gives me enough of.

The 14 and a bit Megapixels on my oldest APS-C camera is more than enough resolution; it blows the 35mm format out of the water. The more modern one has lots more pixels, but the high ISO performance is enough for almost anything.

An interchangeable lens M4/3 camera is still too big to go in a trouser pocket, so there's no advantage there. I have big strong hands, so my DSLRs don't feel too big and heavy.

I'll stick with what I've got, thanks.

I already have the lenses: Loxia 21, 50, and 85. But I would upgrade my camera to A7RIII, thank you very much.

Can I also choose a Leica Q?

I fell in love with my second hand Olympus Pen Mini 1.
Bought a VF4.
One lens is enough, but since you asked to mention 3, here is my pick:
O 17/1.8; P45150/4.0-5.6; Samyang 7.5/3.5

Happy shooting to you all

For once, I think that what you really want is a Ricoh GR II, or whichever installment they are at.
Was about to tell you Ricoh GRX, but that brilliant idea has been long forgotten.

But seen what you shoot, I think the GR II will be ace.
That, or learn your new skills with a Sigma Quattro.

For the record, I´m still using a Pentax *istDS. So go figure. With the whole weird lens combos you can imagine:
43 1.9
50 1.4 FA
125 APO [Cosina Voightlander, those with the exposed metal].

That´s it.

Can't help myself. Leica M10 with Leica's best 35, 50, 90mm f/2-ish lenses. Forsake all other photo styles for 2 years and have an experience I will never have any other way.

I love everything about my Olympus OM-D E-M1.2 and 12-40mm f2.8. Good pics, easy to use and easy to carry. Everything right up until I look at files from my Nikon D810. They are STUNNING!

Then I question, is this photography about having the smallest/trickest gear that's easy to carry? Or is it about taking amazing photos? And I hold that thought right up until I have to carry the D810 for a day. Then it's back to the Olympus.

I'm looking for something that has the OM-D's size with the D810's output. Maybe is the A7Riii? (Just be careful what lens you put on it.)

As a dedicated street and travel shooter, I would probably get an Olympus OMD Pen F with a 12-40mm f/2.8 zoom for travel, a 17mm f/1.8 for street and low light, and a 45mm f/1.8 for short-tele shots. The lenses would all be m.Zuikos. This is not that different from what I currently own: an Olympus OMD E-M10 Mark II, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 m.Zuiko, and 25mm f/1.7 Lumix. It really doesn't take that much to make me happy, at least as far as cameras and lenses are concerned.

Several months ago I dug my father’s Rolleiflex out from the desk drawer where it had hibernated for 20 years. It needed a CLA and I needed a couple YouTube videos to remind me of its quirks. (“OK, the film goes between these rollers and over those rollers and…”) What fun it has been! All I need now is film and processing, so if anyone at Kodak is reading this, sign me up for two years of Portra 400 and cover my tab at the photo lab.

Like @JOHN GILLOOLY I too want a camera without a mirror (which one of you owns a horseless carriage?) from Nikon but I’d like a M500.

So I stop paying attention for a second and all of a sudden phones have dedicated monochrome sensors and multiple lenses and IS and Leica-branded shooting modes. When did all this happen? And when will cameras catch up? ;)

Anyway, at the moment I want a new phone as much as I want a new camera, so if the djinn doesn't mind scratching two itches at once, I'm thinking a set of these latest gizmos would be a barrel of fun.

I'll take a slightly different tack, I'm too much of a fussypants when it comes to gear. If I can't switch up from time to time I go nuts. So how about three cameras with one lens each?

-M Monochrom with 35 Summilux

-Pentax 645D with the 48-85mm AF

-D850 with 70-200/2.8 (and a 1.4TC if I may be so indulgent)

The M would be my "daily driver", the P645D would cover family, landscape, and pretty much anything color I could think of, the D850 for kids sports, trains, boats, and the little wildlife I do. Not the smallest kit but I could easily carry the P645D and D850 in a backpack. Of course the Monochrom would always be to hand.

Just to show you I can play by the rules though:

Olympus Pen F
Olympus 7-14/2.8
Olympus 17/1.8
Olympus 12-100/4

I'd be very happy using a Sony a7rIII for two years. The three lenses would be essentially what I'm using now: 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor, Leica 280mm f/4 APO and Canon FD 500mm f/4 L. I've just started using the Sony FE 100-400mm GM so I reserve the right to change my mind.

A 5x7 (probably Chamonix) with Fujinon 240A and lots of film.

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