Photo Equipment

I am using two sets of photographic equipment, a DSLR and a small mirrorless camera. I prefer prime lenses to zooms – I actually sold the few zooms I had because I never used them. In my opinion there is no better way to “learn” about different focal lengths than just having fixed ones. All my photos are postprocessed in Adobe Lightroom.

Micro 4/3

I became a fan of M4/3 cameras when getting a used Panasonic GF-1 in 2011. The form factor is really perfect for everyday photography and the quality is close to DSLRs, although noticeably not the same. After some time I fell for the Sony NEX-7 with its futuristic design and impressive specs. In 2016 I have returned to M4/3 after getting a cheap Panasonic GM-1 which is this incredibly small M4/3 thing and has a silent shutter! (Quite a change after both GF-1 and NEX-7 which make really ugly noises.)

  • Panasonic Lumix GM-1 (and GF-1)
  • Panasonic 20mm/1.7 (superb quality, looks a bit clunky on the GM-1)
  • Panasonic 14mm/2.5 (perfect fit for the GM-1)
  • Olympus 45mm/1.8 (magnificent)
  • Panasonic 14-42mm/3.5-5.6 (well, the tourist option, poor quality, poor looks, but practical)
  • Panasonic-Leica 45mm/2.8 Macro (sold this one – although it is a nice lens it never got as sharp as the 20mm and also F2.8 combined with a small sensor does not give you the right depth of field for good portraits)

GM-1 with 20mm/1.7

Sony NEX-7 (not in active use currently)

As a fan (and owner) of micro four thirds (M43) cameras I was shocked when Sony released their competing NEX system. Why another lens mount? Why not join forces with M43? This is what I thought, while being really impressed with Sony’s radical redesign of a compact interchangeable lens camera. When the NEX-7 model came out, with the same sensor resolution as my dear Alpha 900, I caved and in 2012 switched from M43 to NEX. Actually, I recently switched again to the miniture GM-1 (M43).  Apart from the NEX-7 I have acquired the following lenses:

  • Sony E 35mm/1.8 OSS (my new favorite, a 50mm equivalent, fast and reasonably sharp lens – the bokeh is also very nice)
  • Sigma 30mm/2.8 (excellent and cheap)
  • Sigma 19mm/2.8 (a little less excellent but still very good)
  • Voigtländer 40mm/1.4 (super excellent but manual focus)
  • Sony E 50mm/1.8 OSS (sharp, stabilized but a bit bulky and … silver! Yuck!)

I also own the 18-55mm kit lens, which is rubbish, and tried the 16mm pancake – same (sad) story.

DSLR

The Sony A-900 was one of the first 24 megapixel cameras on the market. The resolution is mind-boggling. Back then in 2009 I realized that your sensor “sees” more than your eyes when looking at the pictures later. Nowadays this resolution is not such a shocker anymore.

  • Sony A-900
  • Minolta 85mm/1.4 (superb)
  • Minolta 50mm/1.4 (convenient)
  • Minolta 135mm/2.8 (nice)
  • Minolta 24mm/2.8 (not so great)

Sony A-900 with 85mm/1.4 lens

2 thoughts on “Photo Equipment

  1. Guten TAG ,

    Ich habe mich der gleiche NOKTON gekauft wie Sie. Ich habe ein NEX 7.

    Was für ein zwischen ring haben sie gekauft das es gut ist für schöne Fotografie
    ( wie Sie tun )
    Sie können mich im ”WIKIPEDIA” finden BIRSINGER Bernard Photographe
    Dank für eure schnelle Antwort. BBB

    • Hallo,
      ich habe einen Adapter der Firma “Novoflex” gekauft (für Leica-M an Sony-E). Der ist relativ teuer. Die preiswerteren Alternativen sollen auch nicht schlecht sein.
      Viele Grüße, Michael

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