Personal gear review

Jonathan F/2

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Aug 21, 2011
Los Angeles, USA
I keep my D750 bodies around for flash work, event shooting and because I like the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR and 300mm f/4 PF VR lenses. The D780 was almost perfect, but with Nikon removing the vertical/battery pack, they lost a potential sale due to their penny pinching and product niching. The Z cameras don't interest me and it's more than likely I'll be in the Sony camp full-time eventually.
 

agentlossing

Top Veteran
I just love the attributes of M4/3 systems but the bodies are too computer-y -- as they are modern mirrorless cameras. But I have only explored Olympus' side of things. What if I bought a semi-serious (this is because Panasonic hasn't made an entry-level body in a long time and there's hardly any out in the markets) Panasonic body, GX80 (GX85 in some sides of the globe) for apprx 70 € resale loss or a GX8 for 110 € resale loss. The cost of the experiment remains reasonable even though I swore that my 'second system' can't cost more than 100 € (that logic went out of the window with that Df desire anyway).

Panasonics sure are computer-y gadgets just like Olympus but maybe they at least do the things I expect a digital camera to do. Mirrorless CDAF cameras have the potential to focus accurately within the focusing square so who knows, maybe Panasonic actually does it? Not to mention Leica Q, the absolute nicest piece of "digital" gear I've shot, has Panasonic DNA in it to some extent.

Likewise, the minute chance that Panasonic has an answer to my wildest dreams, could be very big indeed. Very affordable, lightweight lenses (so no breaking the bank nor the back) and capable bodies and all that good stuff. Huge potential, but again the chances are not the strongest. Then again the ticket to enter the "lottery" isn't prohibitely expensive either. These computer gadgets may not be the fun M or Df are but affordability and lightweight is also fun.
The GX85 is a bargain at current prices, and it does a lot. Focus is ridiculously good and fast in single AF. It is still computer-y but simple and engaging to use. I have moved on to the GX9 now, as I wanted the 20MP sensor, the 16MP one is getting pretty aged, and the tilting EVF on the GX9 is more comfortable for left-eyed use (I had to switch to right-eye with the GX85).
 

William Lewis

Regular
Feb 10, 2020
Hayward WI
William Lewis
Essentially this is what I've been up to since the fall. Around my birthday (late September) I realized that I was hardly ever using my E-P3 camera. The EVF was cracked and near to breaking. I can't stand to use compose on a screen (unless the view is upside down and reversed while under a dark cloth :rofl: ) so I started jonesing for a DSLR.

Fast forward to now:
I have sold all my m4/3 and lenses.

I have bought a Nikon D3200 that came with the 35/1.8G. To go with it I've bought or been given:
Nikon N20s
MB10
AF 28/2.8
AI 50/1.8 Series E
AF-S 50/1.8 G Special Edition
AF-S 18-55 VRII
AI Vivitar 70-200/3.8 manual focus zoom.

The juices are flowing, I've been out shooting and, over all, I'm excited about my art (such as it is :doh: :laugh:) again.
 
Dec 31, 2013
Louisville, Ky
Something I’ve come to realize after shooting with the 2.8 zooms this week. While I love the very light weight of the fujicrons. I very much prefer the handling of the larger lenses. With the f2 primes, there isn’t much real estate for your hand to hold onto. Also, due to the small size and tapered design, it’s easier to bump the aperture ring on the smaller lenses. At least it is for me. On the larger zooms, my hand is farther away from the aperture ring.

Something else I noticed, which is personal to me. Since I’ve made changes to the way I train and do conditioning. The large zooms are not fatiguing to carry around like they had gotten to be in the past.
 

Matero

All-Pro
Jan 28, 2014
Helsinki, Finland
I started with film Nikon and came back to Df. I wish I could had afforded to buy Df earlier. I spent too much time and money to find my way. I just hope I don't lose my sight too soon, I just love to use MF lenses. And Df's viewfinder is not the easiest for manual focus, but very decent, though. And when my eyes don't serve me well enough, I've built a stock of marvel AF lenses to use then.
 
Apr 2, 2018
I just love the attributes of M4/3 systems but the bodies are too computer-y -- as they are modern mirrorless cameras. But I have only explored Olympus' side of things. What if I bought a semi-serious (this is because Panasonic hasn't made an entry-level body in a long time and there's hardly any out in the markets) Panasonic body, GX80 (GX85 in some sides of the globe) for apprx 70 € resale loss or a GX8 for 110 € resale loss. The cost of the experiment remains reasonable even though I swore that my 'second system' can't cost more than 100 € (that logic went out of the window with that Df desire anyway).

Panasonics sure are computer-y gadgets just like Olympus but maybe they at least do the things I expect a digital camera to do. Mirrorless CDAF cameras have the potential to focus accurately within the focusing square so who knows, maybe Panasonic actually does it? Not to mention Leica Q, the absolute nicest piece of "digital" gear I've shot, has Panasonic DNA in it to some extent.

Likewise, the minute chance that Panasonic has an answer to my wildest dreams, could be very big indeed. Very affordable, lightweight lenses (so no breaking the bank nor the back) and capable bodies and all that good stuff. Huge potential, but again the chances are not the strongest. Then again the ticket to enter the "lottery" isn't prohibitely expensive either. These computer gadgets may not be the fun M or Df are but affordability and lightweight is also fun.
After a week of GX80 ownership I can happily say that yes, YES, Panasonic has an approach to CDAF focusing that works with my style much better than Olympus. Focus accuracy seems to be top tier, likely better than Leica Q.

And I've happily accepted the fact that Panasonics are computer gadgets. I'm embracing the great touch focus capabilities (Panasonic is probably the market leader in touch interfaces in cameras?) With this level of interface design the features hardly get in my way!

I bought this camera to be a secondary but now I'm all $-eyed thinking if I can actually kick my Leica habbit for real? I shouldn't be hasty.
 

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