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.
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)
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.
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)