GAS: Please Share your Latest Desires Big and Small

tonyturley

Hall of Famer
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
A bit OT, but I was watching a review of a small water-resistant travel guitar yesterday. The young man, who appeared to be in his mid 20s, was talking about taking the guitar to all sorts of places like Indonesia, Thailand, Belize, and so on, even rafting with it strapped to his kayak. One clip shows him busking on some beach, and his performance wasn't bad. I've also read of people who travel the world constantly with a camera like an X-Pro1 and a single lens, just recording their experiences. I don't have those kinds of funds . . . is it even possible for someone without deep pockets to travel like that?
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
A bit OT, but I was watching a review of a small water-resistant travel guitar yesterday. The young man, who appeared to be in his mid 20s, was talking about taking the guitar to all sorts of places like Indonesia, Thailand, Belize, and so on, even rafting with it strapped to his kayak. One clip shows him busking on some beach, and his performance wasn't bad. I've also read of people who travel the world constantly with a camera like an X-Pro1 and a single lens, just recording their experiences. I don't have those kinds of funds . . . is it even possible for someone without deep pockets to travel like that?
You can if you are willing to give up enough comfort and security.
 
Rings true ... However, I'd love to first have the *time* to do as much photography as I'd like; discovering new vistas would come in at some point, though.

M.
Agree. If I had all kinds of time I'd be quite happy to drive 4 hours to Portland for decent street photography opportunities and really try to improve. I could be happy doing that for a long while, I think.

(If we're dreaming, could I live closer to Seattle, which is a better street photography town than Portland?)

Honestly, that's what I'm jonesing for more than gear right now.
 

tonyturley

Hall of Famer
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
I'm not a world traveler, but I have done a lot of 2-4 hour drives into the mountains near my home and across the state line into Virginia. I've always had a camera of some sort with me, and those hiking and biking trips netted a treasure trove of recorded memories. I've submitted a pre-order to rent an X100V, to see if it really is a camera that could be both my EDC and "outdoor adventure" camera.
 
Apr 2, 2018
I’m trying to think of the most feedback and excitement there’s been for a camera since I’ve been on this forum and I think this is it.
I don't even know what's the big selling point here.

* Tilty screen
* Partial weather sealing
* revised lens design
* improved optical and electronic VF
* fastest autofocus

There are plenty of these smaller things that combined together make for an attractive upgrade. But that usually doesn't mean huge interest from outsiders :)
 
Oct 20, 2012
The Netherlands
Ad Dieleman
I don't even know what's the big selling point here.

* Tilty screen
* Partial weather sealing
* revised lens design
* improved optical and electronic VF
* fastest autofocus

There are plenty of these smaller things that combined together make for an attractive upgrade. But that usually doesn't mean huge interest from outsiders :)
In my case it wouldn't be an upgrade but tipping the scales to get me an X100 type of camera. I tried the X100F but didn't like it enough to buy it, not even close. The V is a lot closer but probably not close enough: I'm pretty sure I'll miss IBIS because I often use the flip-up screen and motion blur would become a real issue without IBIS. I can get away with 1/15 s and a 35mm on my Sony A7Rm2 and I often need that in dim lighting.
 
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MoonMind

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Dec 29, 2013
Switzerland
Matt
What a strange day ... I'd not have thought that I might lust after not one, but two (basically) bread-and-butter lenses, but today's announcements brought two rather interesting options: The Nikon Z 24-200mm and the Olympus 12-45mm.

I should probably wait for the still-to-be-announced Nikon Z 24-105mm - but I might not if the 24-200mm is optically solid. I like its remarkably compact size - and for what it is, I can live with the modest aperture, too (after all, I've used the Olympus 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II successfully in the past - and the Z6 is in a different league in terms of sensor capabilities, anyway).

The Olympus 12-45mm might fill the hole I've felt in my :mu43: kit at times: quality glass, but considerably smaller and lighter than the otherwise fantastic 12-40mm f/2.8 which can feel bulky on small :mu43: bodies. The 12-45mm *is* a lot more compact - and would pair fabulously with the E-M5 III.

I'm not sure if I get either lens ... but they're both very close to what I've been lazily dreaming about for the last couple of years.

M.
 

tonyturley

Hall of Famer
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
I'm not sure if I get either lens ... but they're both very close to what I've been lazily dreaming about for the last couple of years.

M.
in a moment of boredom, I was scanning through the 43rumors site, and the 12-45 announcement indicated $680 USD as the opening price. I wonder if that will go down, or if it will be bundled with one of their newer cameras? In the comments, someone suggested it will eventually end up on auction as an open box item. I know that's just guessing, but it could make it an interesting alternative to the 12-40 Pro. I rented that lens when I still had an mu4/3 camera, and the IQ didn't make up for the impression that it made my camera highly imbalanced, for me, at least.

EDIT: just saw it's $650 on Amazon US. Time will tell. It's reasonably small for what it does: Amazon pic
 
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davidzvi

Top Veteran
Apr 18, 2014
Boston Burbs
David
.....The Olympus 12-45mm might fill the hole I've felt in my :mu43: kit at times: quality glass, but considerably smaller and lighter than the otherwise fantastic 12-40mm f/2.8 which can feel bulky on small :mu43: bodies. The 12-45mm *is* a lot more compact - and would pair fabulously with the E-M5 III....
I'm looking closely at the 12-45. I've never really felt f/2.8 to fast enough when I need speed. So a premium f/4 and f/1.4-1.8 primes is a good balance for me. I have the 12-100 f/4, but there are times it's a bit heavy on the E-M1.2 and really big on the Pen F.
 

MoonMind

Hall of Famer
Dec 29, 2013
Switzerland
Matt
in a moment of boredom, I was scanning through the 43rumors site, and the 12-45 announcement indicated $680 USD as the opening price. I wonder if that will go down, or if it will be bundled with one of their newer cameras? In the comments, someone suggested it will eventually end up on auction as an open box item. I know that's just guessing, but it could make it an interesting alternative to the 12-40 Pro. I rented that lens when I still had an mu4/3 camera, and the IQ didn't make up for the impression that it made my camera highly imbalanced, for me, at least.

EDIT: just saw it's $650 on Amazon US. Time will tell. It's reasonably small for what it does: Amazon pic
I agree that the price is somewhat high, but if it shares the basic qualities of the 12-40mm while being two thirds of the bulk, I can probably live with the cost; besides, I'll most probably trade my 12-32mm (and some other odds and ends, maybe even the 45mm f/1.8 I hardly ever use anymore) for it - not that I'll get a lot of money for that lens, but anyway. I still like the little pancake zoom, but not enough to feel comfortable with its less-than-stellar build quality anymore (I had one disintegrate on me while on the road - not good ...).

I own the 12-40mm and love that lens to bits (I am *very* happy with the IQ myself), but the weight or its distribution, respectively, cause issues: Even on the much improved E-M5 III, it feels somewhat unbalanced and noticeably front heavy, to the point where carrying the camera in the hand can become uncomfortable after less than an hour (though dangling the camera from the fingertips helps). Crucially, neither the - considerably heavier - Z6 with the 24-70 f/4 nor the FZ1000 (which weights about the same as the :mu43: combo) cause similar problems. That's why I usually keep the E-M5 III/12-40mm combo in a bag instead of constantly in the hand - but that can cost shots, especially on the street. From my experience with the 14-150mm II, a lens that's just slightly heavier and taller than the 12-45mm, I think the new zoom will solve that problem in a very elegant way. That said, I won't let go of the 12-40mm - it's my best "standard" zoom, full stop. It'll remain my mainstay for fast-paced reportage style shooting - in that field, it tops the Nikon Z kit zoom in my use. But the 12-45mm could replace the 12-40mm as a walkaround lens.

Let's see who the lens does in rigorous testing - and how high Swiss prices turn out to be. It's not a lens I *need* - I just think I'd like it a lot.

M.
 

davidzvi

Top Veteran
Apr 18, 2014
Boston Burbs
David
They got this up pretty quick. I don't have the 12-40 anymore, but I have the other three. The 12-45 is lighter than 56 and about the size as 25 (the PanLeica 25 has big hood, looks bigger than the 12-45 hood, so they will probably be really close).

 

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