Collection

Following on from my short introduction about my camera collection on the about page. I have expanded on my thoughts about my current lineup. To some people owning what might seem quite a few products may appear to be bit over the top. After-all they all take photos don’t they ?

The first thing to say is that really enjoy using them and I like their attributes, well most of the time. Some elements it could be slightly better or less confusing, but then where would the fun come from. I only shoot stills and I don’t care about the video functionality in any of the cameras I’m referring to.

Olympus Pen F
Positives:
The style and design first captured my attention it reminded me of the Olympus Trip 35mm film camera that I use to own. I also found that I had a connection to the product when I picked it up, it spoke to me and as you will see from my comments regarding the other cameras I will mention this point a few times.
1: Five axis image stabilisation in a word – incredible – 
2: The knob on the front to select colour, black and white or a particular filter offers simple simplicity.
3: Black and white – for me the black and white that comes out of the Olympus cameras is the  best. It reminds me of Kodak TriX and depending on the set up Ilford film stock of old.
4: The viewfinders position. I’m right eyed dominant thus leaving the opportunity to keep my left eye open and see what’s going on or what might come into the frame before I press the shutter button.

Negatives:
1: It should have been weather sealed at this price point.
2: Flash photography when photographing people, it’s ok but I prefer the way Nikon cameras render people photos (slow synch is my preference).
This is my second Pen F. I traded in the first one to buy the EM1X and regretted it, so I got another one.


Olympus OMD EM1X
Positives:
1: It has pretty much the same image rendition as the Pen F (in my opinion) perhaps slightly better where colour is concerned. The black and white is just as sublime. The two cameras are very close when changing from one camera to the other giving a level of consistency.
2: Handling is superb, it fits my mans hands perfectly, the horizontal and the vertical grip is perfect. Like the Pen F it spoke to me when I picked it up. All the buttons and dials are in the right place, perfect ergonomics.
3: Image stabilisation is simply great and even better when combined with a stabilised lens like the Olympus 12/100 f4 zoom.
4: Handheld and tripod high resolution mode when photographing static subjects.
5: In camera 15 image photo stacking adds another dimension to macro shots.
6: Weather sealing great for adverse conditions.
7: Balances really well when using the Olympus 40/150mm f2.8 zoom lens.

Negatives:
1: Menu structure and saving to presets, it can pickle your brain a bit, but once done you don’t have to mess about again.
2: I thought it was a bit overpriced when it first came out, but I purchased it anyway.


Nikon D700
Positives:
1: Optical viewfinder you just can’t beat it, especially in low light.
2: People photos, there is just something about those older sensors that render people photos just lovely.
3: Handling there is nothing like a big chunky DSLR to hold.
4: Build quality, made to last, you can feel it.

Negatives:
1: Clllllllunnnk goes the shutter followed the mirror slap.
2: Jpeg’s are weak, you have to shoot RAW and post process everything.
3: Uses CF cards.
4: Like all DSLR style cameras they do attract too much attention, I find that annoying.


Nikon Z6
Positives:
1: Image stabilisation, it’s just as good as the Olympus.
2: Image quality, simply the best colour jpegs and RAW files.
3; 24mg sensor is enough.
4: The S Z lens’s are really very good. 
5: The carbon black and white setting. A tad clinical but very nice however it lacks the emotion of the Olympus rendition.

Negatives:
1: XQD cards. They are expensive. I would prefer SD cards.
2: Only one card slot, if it was a cheap camera fair enough, but it is not. There should have been two.
3: Handling. Nowhere near as good as a DSLR. The body is too small for a man’s hands, I had to add a grip for my pinky finger.
4: Overall the physical design of the camera body, I really wanted it to be more like a DSLR instead we got this modern small hands thing.


Fuji XE2s
I purchased the Fuji secondhand for two main reasons.
1: I wanted to try out their f2 prime lenses.
2: I also wanted a cheap camera to knock about in a city environment and not stress about it.

Overall the XE2s yields very good photos when paired with the 35mm f2 prime lens
(50mm in full frame terms) for the price. 


My current lens line up.
Instead of listing X or Y attributes or moaning about chromatic aberrations and vignettes.
I will say this about “all” of the ones listed below. They are really “very good” and worth the money.

Olympus 
17mm f.18
25mm f1.8
45mm f1.8………..I don’t use this very much.
60mm macro
12/100 f4…………Great travel lens.
40/150 f2.8……….Sharp from f2.8

Nikon F mount on the D700
24/85mm zoom. Good enough and versatile.

Nikon Z mount
24/70 f2.8 zoom.
The best Nikon lens I have used.
I did have the 35mm Z and the 50mm Z but I sold them in favour of the “versatility” that the zoom lens provides. 

Fuji 
35mm f2. A great lens at a great price and I love having an aperture ring.
I do wish all the lenses had aperture rings.


What might come next ?
Fuji Xpro 3, I will just use it with the 35mm f2 prime lens (50mm in full frame terms).

Why ?
Low light focusing capabilities, goes down to -6ev
Discrete rangefinder design.
Like the Pen F I can still have my left eye open and see what’s coming into the frame.
Sometimes you need to travel light and unencumbered.
Having an optical viewfinder (OVF) and an electronic viewfinder (EVF) gives you the choice.
I actually prefer OVF in low light situations.
Great Jpeg quality and Fuji’s built in film presets.

As I’m getting older, I find the rangefinder styled products more to my liking.