Personal gear review

tonyturley

Hall of Famer
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
The LX100 is another camera I rented over the past few years. My memory is fuzzy here, but it seems I decided not to buy one because of the power zoom, lack of tilt screen, and intense purple flare in backlit conditions. I also remember the buzz around the LX100II as the announcement approached, and the intense disappointment expressed by many people that it didn't have a flip screen or WR. I wonder if any of those people are looking at the X100V? If you look at the latest generations of those cameras, the X100 is a bit larger and heavier, but not unreasonably so. I would think the two cameras would appeal to a similar demographic.
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
I had an X10. I remember how much I liked the function and build of it. Again, the pursuit of IQ drew me away, but the X10/20/30 and the X100 series have always been such good examples of Fuji making high quality cameras. One reason I have a pre-order for the new X100V is because it is a Fuji.
 

davidzvi

Top Veteran
Apr 18, 2014
Boston Burbs
David
The LX100 is another camera I rented over the past few years. My memory is fuzzy here, but it seems I decided not to buy one because of the power zoom, lack of tilt screen, and intense purple flare in backlit conditions. I also remember the buzz around the LX100II as the announcement approached, and the intense disappointment expressed by many people that it didn't have a flip screen or WR. I wonder if any of those people are looking at the X100V? If you look at the latest generations of those cameras, the X100 is a bit larger and heavier, but not unreasonably so. I would think the two cameras would appeal to a similar demographic.
Yes they both do appeal to me at least. One of my biggest issues with power zooms is startup / shutdown. I tend to be good with turning it on and off when not actively shooting to keep the lens retracted for safety and save power. The X70 was really quick on / off.
 

tonyturley

Hall of Famer
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
I've been away from MFT for a while, since I sold my GX9 and lenses. Years ago I rented a Pen F when it first came out, and it was great paired with the 17mm 1.8, but I just felt the camera was more than I wanted to pay.

Fast forward to this week, and I came across a mint Pen F with only 400 shutter snaps, and it was less than 1/2 its original cost. I grabbed it, along with another 17/1.8. I still have a film Pen F 38/1.8 lens and MFT adapter. That lens rendered really nicely on the GX9 and the Pen F I rented.

For some reason, I keep finding myself drawn back to MFT. Looking through my archives, I find a lot of nice images from the various MFT cameras I have owned. Several of you do great work with your Pen F, and I expect I will like it quite a lot.
 

wee-pics

Veteran
Sep 13, 2016
Germany
Walter
Since I have the Lumix LX100.2 with the superb Leica lens I've realized that the EM-5 often stays in the bag. Only when I need any of the primes with more focal length or the macro lens I'm carrying the full gear.

As to getting gear reduced I have a simple rule for myself: any clothes in my wardrobe that have not been on my body during the last three years are thrown out. With stretching this a little to five years it might be useful for photographic gear as well.
 

tonyturley

Hall of Famer
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
Since I have the Lumix LX100.2 with the superb Leica lens I've realized that the EM-5 often stays in the bag. Only when I need any of the primes with more focal length or the macro lens I'm carrying the full gear.

As to getting gear reduced I have a simple rule for myself: any clothes in my wardrobe that have not been on my body during the last three years are thrown out. With stretching this a little to five years it might be useful for photographic gear as well.
I've done a complete turnover in my photo gear in recent months. I sold or gave away everything I had been using except for a single Pen F lens. My kit now consists of an X30, Pen F + a single native lens, and a single film Pen F lens. That gives me a lot of versatility, and even if I stuffed it all in a bag, the weight would be negligible. I have a tiny bar bag for my bicycle, and I'm looking forward to going out on some long bike rides away from civilization and bringing back some nice images.
 

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