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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · your photography gear journey

Thanks to online forums like FM, particularly this alternative gear board and the Zeiss threads, I've been inflicted with GAS and acquired or traded a few gears

I'm interested to see what systems/lenses/cameras have you had, why you bought or sold them, and any stories or emotions you have with your gears

Mar 27, 2012 at 06:47 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · your photography gear journey

Ok I'll play

Cameras, chronologically:

Canon 400D, the start of it all.
Upgraded to a 40D because I wanted the better ergonomics.
Upgraded to a 5D, because of FF.
The 5D died (sensor) and I bought a 5DII.
Added a sigma DP2 as a more compact camera.
Added a 5D again as a second camera because I was into wedding photography at that time.
Sold the sigma DP2.
Sold the 5D when I stopped doing weddings (because of back pain).
Bought a Leica X1 out of curiosity, I liked what I was seeing from the lens.

So right now I still have a 5DII and a Leica X1.


sigma: 10mm fisheye, 150mm macro
Tokina: 12-24mm
Canon: 18-55, 18-55 IS, 55-250IS, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 17-55/2.8 IS, 70-200/4 L IS, 24-105 L, 17-40L, 24/1.4 L, TS-E24II L, 35/1.4 L, 50/1.2 L, 85/1.2 L, 100/2.8 L IS macro, 135/2 L

These are the lenses I had before (I might have forgotten some). Some were crop sensor lenses and had to be sold when I moved to FF.
When I stopped with wedding photography I sold all lenses I had left from that list and went all zeiss because of the (to me) superior rendering.

So my lenses right now:

Zeiss 21/2.8 ZE, 35/1.4 ZE, 50/2 MP ZE.

I also had the 35/2 ZE, but sold it after getting the 1.4

I'm happy with my gear and not looking back. Also really enjoy MF.

Mar 27, 2012 at 07:23 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · your photography gear journey

Here's my list. In chronically order.
- Pentax ME with pentax 50/2. Old camera of my dad, used for my baby pictures and used it myself for years. Really loved it and still use it.

- Canon 300D with 18-55 and 75-300. First digital camera back in 2003.
- After a short wile I noticed I missed the prime use of the pentax, so sold the 75-300 and 18-55 and replaced them for a canon 20/2.8, 50/1.8 and 85/1.8.
- Added a 35/2 and 200/2.8 (my first and only L lens )
- Replaced the 300D with a 30D when it first came out.
- Added a eos 30 hoping it would be the same as the pentax (it wasn't, so hardly used)

- Started to have less and less fun in photography, took the pentax only for the joy of using it.

- Sold the 85/1.8, 35/2 and 200/2.8 and kept my 20/2.8, 50/1.8 and the 30D.

- Bought a leica M8 in 2009 when the M9 came out. Together with a zeiss ZM 28/2.8
- Added a zeiss 50/2 planar
- Added a leica 18/3.8 SE (start of the LAS)
- Replaced the zeiss 50 planar for a leica 50 summarit
- Bought a VC 35/1.4 nokton
- Sold the VC since it wasn't my cup of tea.
- Sold the leica 18mm and zeiss 28mm
- Bought a leica 28mm summicron (best lens so far)
- Bought the same leica 18mm back (never sell a leica lens...)
- Added a zeiss zm 35/2.8 c-biogon
- Bought a leica 50mm summicron

And now I'm here Now thinking of selling the M8, 18, 35 and maybe 28 for a M9 with 35 cron, but haven't decided yet.

Mar 27, 2012 at 08:14 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · your photography gear journey

Haha, that's going to be a loooong story:

1977: Lubitel TLR
1981: Zenith SLR with 58/2 lens
1983: Canon New F-1 + lenses
1990: Olympus OM-1 OM-2 OM-3 + lenses
1991: Bronica GS-1 + lenses
1992: Cambo 4x5" + Rodenstock 150mm lens
1994: Contax 167MT + lenses
1995: Contax T2 G2 + lenses
2003: Sony 717
2004: Canon 300D + lenses
2005: Canon 1Ds
2006: Canon 5D
2007: Back top film. Contax 167MT Aria S2 + 13 lenses
2008: First alt experience. Canon 1Ds2 + all my Zeiss C/Y lenses
2009: Sony A900 + ZA ZS G lenses
2011: Back to film. M6 Zeiss Ikon + ZM lenses
2013: M10 (according to my fortune teller)

Mar 27, 2012 at 08:44 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · your photography gear journey

Compared to others, mine is short.

1.Starting with a Minolta Dynax 300si with a mediocre zoom lens.(I forgot which brand)
2.In 2004, first digital camera 300D with 17-40L, 135L. Later 85/1.8. (85/1.8 was sold after 3 month)
3.In 2005, first batch of Leica primes: 35/2 I, 50/1.4 I, 135/2.8 I, 250/4 I. Later 28/2.8 I, 70-210/4.
4.From 2006, Canon 30D, EF28-70/2.8L, 70-200/2.8L, EF300/4L & mostly Leica lenses: 19/2.8 II, 21-35, 35-70/4, 28/2.8 II, 35/2 II, 35/2.8 III, 50/2 II, 50/1.4 E60, 60/2.8, 80/1.4, 90/2.8 II, 90/2 AA, 100/2.8 APO, 180/2.8 APO, 180/3.4 APO, 180/2 APO, 70-180 APO, 80-200/4, 105-280/4.2, 280/4 APO. Mamiya: 120/4 macro, 80/4 macro. Rollei 16/2.8, 35/1.4. Contax 50/1.7. Canon FD 55/1.2 Aspherical.

In 2012, I'd probably look for a used 5D2 + Eg-s to replace my old faithful 30D...

Mar 27, 2012 at 08:49 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · your photography gear journey

^Strange that you bought so many very expensive lenses but never felt the need to get a FF camera.

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · your photography gear journey


If you treat your gears as an investment, camera body is the one that will lose its value immediately.

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · your photography gear journey

- Started out with shitty Canon point-and-shoot.
- Played around with Dad's old Canon T80
- Decided I wanted to upgrade my shitty compact to something more substantial. Purchased Canon G10
- Wanted more DoF control. Purchased a Pentax K-X with kit lens
- Upgrade kit lens to a DA16-45/f4
- Got my first nifty fifty - Pentax SMC-A 50/f1.7
- Got my second nifty fifty - Pentax FA50/f1.4
- Sold off DA16-45 to fund Sigma 10-20/f3.5
- Sold off K-X body to fund a K-7 body
- Wanted to try a variety of high end primes. Purchased bulk lot of DA15/f4, DA40/f2.8, FA43/f1.9, DA70/f2.4 from eBay (got a bargain too)
- Decided that I wanted to consolidate my kit, so sold off FA50, DA40, DA70, Sigma 10-20
- Purchased FA77/f1.8
- Purchased Pentax Super ME film body

At the end of that I've ended up with a Pentax K-7, Super ME, DA15/f4, FA43/f1.9 and FA77/f1.8

Where to now? Think I've been bitten by the rangefinder bug. Possibly look to pickup an M6/M8 and some Zeiss glass.

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · your photography gear journey

I'll have to go with just bodies:
Minolta X-700
Added XG-1
Changed to Nikon FM-2
Added Nikon F
Added Nikon 8008
Added Nikon F3
Changed to Canon A2
Added Canon EOS 630
Added Canon EOS 10s
Bought, and sold Nikon F, Nikkormat FT3
Gave A2 to mom, added Elan II
Sold 630, 10s and Elan II
Added Canon 20D
Added Canon 30D
Sold 20D, added 40D
Sold 30D, added 50D
Sold 40D, added 50D
Added EOS-3 (since sold)
Added Fuji 645 (since sold)
Added Olympus E-PL2
Added 1Dmk2N
And this week, added 1Dmk3, sold both 50Ds

This does not include the huge number of P&S, film and digital. I have no hope of keeping up on those.

Lenses, way too many to count. I do have fond memories of the Sigma 75-200 f/2.8-3.5, the Tokina 80-200 2.8, the Canon 17-55, a Nikon 105 f/2.5 that a friend AI'd for me and a beat-to-hell Nikkor 50 f/2 I carried on the F in my backpack in college.

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · your photography gear journey

phuang3 wrote:

If you treat your gears as an investment, camera body is the one that will lose its value immediately.

I think investements in lenses are worthless if you don't mount them to a proper camera. Unless you buy everything with resale in mind...

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · your photography gear journey

Rolleiflex TLR
Speed Graphic (4x5)
Canon Pellix
Canon Ftb
Canon F1
Mamiya RB 67 and lenses
Canon AE1
Canon A1
Canon F1 new version
Canon T90 (my fav)
Multitudes of Canon, Tamron, Tokina, Vivitar Series one, etc. Lenses.
Canon G2 (still have)
Canon Digital Rebel
Canon 20D
Canon 40D
Canon 5D (another fav)
Canon 7D (love/hate)
Canon 5D MKII (jury is still out)
Multitudes of lenses by various manufacturers.
All-time fav lens: 135L and Tamron 17-50 non-VC
Least fav: Canon 24-105L and EFS 15-85

Mar 27, 2012 at 01:08 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · your photography gear journey

looking forward to seeing bifurcation's list

Mar 27, 2012 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · your photography gear journey

Started with a Voigtlander 6x9 folder from my gradfather in childhood.
Jump about 15 years and there it starts :
- Canon 90ProIS - expensive bridge camera at the time ( for me )
- Canon EOS 300D - first DSLR with kit and Tamron 70-300 - too slow for child indoor so
- Canon EF 85/1.8 and 35/2.0 - nice kit, but discovered the alt forum here on FM so
- Canon lenses gone, Zeiss Jena 20/2.8, Zeiss Contax 28/2.8, 50/1.7 85/1.4
- left Zeiss for Leica : Leica Summicrons 35/2 and 90/2
- finaly gone FF : a used 1Ds
- switched back to Zeiss with the 1Ds and got some dream lenses for FF : 28/2,50/1.4,85/1.4,100/2,135/2.8 and a Canon 200/2.8. In itself a wonderful kit, but even in its minimalistic form ( 1Ds + 28/2 + 100/2 ) very heavy for lugging it around all day so
- sold all of the above and got a Sony NEX 3 plus CV15/4.5, ZM35/2, CV90/3.5
- because of wide angle performance upgraded to NEX 5N plus ZM18/4 and Leica 90/4 and hold on to the ZM 35/2. Really like this, but I would rather have a ZM85/2.8 on the long end if that would exist.

During this time I also played with various film systems :
- got a Mamiya RB67 with two lenses
- I found it rather heavy and in need of tripod, so decided that if tripod then go one step bigger : switched to a Sinar F1 plus 210, 150 and 90 lenses
- too big, so got a Crown Graphic for the LF
- got a AGFA 6x9 folder
- right now trying a Fuji 690 - hope it will stay, as I kind of like these big B&W negatives

Mar 27, 2012 at 01:51 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · your photography gear journey

Started with a Nikon Coolpix 950 (2 megapixel, fixed 3x zoom lens). I had wanted a manual film SLR, but my dad had the foresight to convince me that it would be better to learn photography with digital (still somewhat new/unusual at the time) where I could take all the pictures I wanted (64MB CF card!) without paying for film development.

Moved up to the original Canon Digital Rebel and kit lens when it was fairly new; added nifty-50 (first experience with wide apertures and prime lens image quality) and 100/2.8 Macro lenses. Also picked up a Peleng 8mm circular fisheye from eBay, which was M42 mount on an adapter.

Several years later, kit lens broke after a small drop; got a 17-40/4 L.

Got a used EOS3 and started to consider switching to film. I loved the full-frame viewfinder experience, and ability to use 17-40L at full width. I home developed black and white Ilford films, but never got as far as printing anything; also, some color slide film.

Then I discovered that used Canon 5D cameras both existed and were in my budget. After one time using the 5D, the EOS3 went away to gather dust and has not been used again. This was finally the SLR that I had really wanted from the beginning. I started adding more Canon lenses: 50/1.4, 200/2.8L, Sigma 28/2.0, 85/1.2L. I found FM forums, sticking to the Canon forum.

Found a Super-Takumar at a yard sale, and wondered if the screw threads would fit in the adapter on my Peleng 8mm. They did. I discovered that there was a whole world of alt lenses beyond the Canon offerings. Started opportunistically buying alt lenses when they appeared cheap on the FM Buy & Sell board --- Contax 28/2.8, 50/1.7, 50/1.4; Leitz Canada 50/2, 90/2; Oly 28/3.5, 24/2.8, 21/3.5; more and more...

Started to sell off the Canon lenses; goodbye 50/1.4. Got Oly wides; goodby 17-40L. Got a Leica 100/2.8 APO Macro; goodbye Canon 100/2.8. Got a Samyang 85/1.4; goodbye 85/1.2L. Eventually, all my autofocus lenses were gone.

Kept acquiring lots more alt lenses. Discovered the joys of Apo glass (Leica, Mamiya, Voigtlander). I now know I have all the glass I need; there's still a bit more I want, but I'll have to slow down on acquisition because the items I don't have would burn through a 6 month to couple year budget in one blow.

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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · your photography gear journey

OK, you asked for it.

Cameras are listed by the year they were introduced, not when I actually owned them. Lenses are listed by type and focal length.

Small Format Cameras

2012 Fujifilm X-Pro 1
2011 Canon ELPH 310 HS
2011 Fujifilm X100
2011 Olympus XZ-1
2009 Canon 1D Mark IV
2009 Canon EOS 7D
2009 Olympus E-P1
2007 Canon 1Ds Mark III
2007 Canon 1D Mark III
2007 Canon EOS 40D
2006 Canon EOS 30D
2006 Canon EOS 30D
2006 Fujifilm Finepix F31fd
2006 Ricoh Caplio 500G
2005 Canon EOS 5D
2005 Canon EOS 5D
2004 Canon EOS 20D
2004 Canon 1D Mark II
2004 Canon 1D Mark II
2000 Canon Elan 7 (EOS 30)
1999 Pentax MZ-7
1997 Pentax MZ-5n
1991 Canon Elan (EOS 100)
1983 Pentax SuperProgram
1982 Contax RTS II
1980 Pentax LX
1980 Rollei 35 SE sv, Sonnar 40mm f/2.8 HFT
1979 Contax 139Q
1976 Pentax ME black
1976 Pentax ME chrome
1975 Mamiya Sekor MSX 1000
1975 Pentax K2
1972 Olympus OM-1
1969 Olympus 35 SP, G.Zuiko 42mm f/1.7, Seiko-FLA

Medium Format Cameras

1985 GSW690II, Fujinon EBC 65mm f/3.5
1985 GW670II, Fujinon EBC 90mm f/3.5
1984 GS645S Wide 60, Fujinon EBC 60mm f/4
1976 Mamiya M645 1000S
1952 Daci Royal, f/9
1949 Universal Meteor
1940 Zeiss Ikon Ikonta (521), Novar Anastigmat 75mm f/4.5 Prontor

Large Format Camera

2005 Shen Hao HZX 45-IIA

Prime Lenses, Small Format

Samyang ED 14/2.8 AS IF UMC
Tamron SP 14/2.8 LD IF
Zenitar MC Fisheye 16/2.8
Tamron SP 17/3.5 [151B]
Tokina SL 17/3.5 RMC
Tokina AT-X 17/3.5 AF Pro
Pentax SMC Pentax 18/3.5
Spiratone YS 18/3.5
Rokinon Automatic wide 20/2.8 MC
Voigtlander 20/3.5 Color Skopar Asp SL II
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 21/2.8 ZE
Olympus G.Zuiko 21/3.5 (SC)
Canon EF 24/1.4 L USM
Pentax SMC Pentax-FA* 24/2 AL IF
Vivitar Wide Angle 24/2 MC [Kino]
Canon EF 24/2.8
Nikon Nikkor 24/2.8
Olympus H.Zuiko 24/2.8 MC Auto-W
Pentax SMC Pentax 24/2.8
Sigma Super Wide II 24/2.8
Sigma XQ 24/2.8 Filtermatic MC (bi)
Canon TS-E 24/3.5 L II
Kiron 28/2 MC
Tamron BBAR MC 28/2.5 75 (Mod. 02B)
Carl Zeiss Contax Distagon T* 28/2.8 AEJ
Carl Zeiss Contax Distagon T* 28/2.8 MM
Lentar Super-Lentar Auto 28/2.8
Montgomery Ward 28/2.8
Nikon Nikkor 28/2.8 AIS
Pentax SMC Pentax 28/3.5
Pentax SMC Pentax 28/3.5
Canon EF 35/1.4 L USM
Canon EF 35/2.0
Olympus Zuiko 35/2 MC Auto-W
Pentax SMC Pentax-M 35/2
Leica Summicron-R 35/2
C Zeiss J MC Flektogon 35/2.4 DDR
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.8 AEJ
Mamiya-S. CS Auto 35/2.8
Rollei Distagon 35/2.8 HFT
Voigtlander Color Skoparex 35/2.8 AR
Pentax SMC Pentax 35/3.5
Pentax SMC Pentax 35/3.5
Tokyo Kogaku Topcor 35/3.5 UV
Voigtlander 40/2 Ultron Asp SL II
Carl Zeiss Contax Tessar T* 45/2.8 MM
Schneider-K Retina Xenar 45/2.8 lens
Canon EF 50/1.2 L USM
Olympus Zuiko 50/1.2 Auto-S
Pentax SMC Pentax 50/1.2
Canon EF 50/1.4 USM
Pentax Super-Takumar 50/1.4
Pentax SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4
Pentax SMC Pentax-A 50/1.4
Carl Zeiss Contax Planar T* 50/1.7 AE
Carl Zeiss Contax Planar T* 50/1.7 AEJ
Pentax SMC Pentax-A 50/1.7
Pentax SMC Pentax-A 50/1.7
Pentax SMC Pentax-A 50/1.7
Pentax SMC Pentax-F 50/1.7
Pentax SMC Pentax-M 50/1.7
Pentacon Multi Coating electric
Leica Summicron-R 50/2 Lens
Pentax SMC Pentax -A 50/2
Pentax SMC Pentax -A 50/2
Pentax SMC Pentax -M 50/2
Auto Sears
Schneider-K Retina-Xenon 50/2
Canon EF 50/2.5 Compact Macro
KMZ Industar-61 LZ 50/2.8 Macro
Meyer Domiplan 50/2.8
KMZ Insutar 50-2 50mm f/3.5
Pentax S-M-C Macro Takumar 50/4
Olympus Zuiko Auto-S 55/1.2
Mamiya macro Sekor 60/2.8
Voigtlander SL Color Heliar 75/2.5
Canon EF 85/1.2 L II USM
Canon EF 85/1.2 L II USM
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85/1.4 MM
Rokinon 85/1.4 Aspherical IF AF
Helios Helios 85/1.5 40-2 bk
Pentax SMC Pentax-M 85/2.2 Soft
Pentax SMC Takumar 85/1.8
Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 85/2.8 MMG
Leica Summicron-R 90/2
Tokina AT-X 90/2.5 Macro 1:2,
Tokina AT-X Macro extender 1:1
Vivitar Series 1 90/2.5 Macro 1:2, with 1:1 adapter
Tamron SP AF Di Macro 1:1 272E
Canon EF 100/2.8 USM macro
Pentax SMC Pentax-A 100/2.8 macro
Nikon Nikkor 105/1.8 AIS
Nikon Nikkor-P Auto 105/2.5
Nikon Nikkor-P Auto 105/2.5
Nikon Nikkor-P.C Auto 105/2.5
Sigma Sigmatel 135/1.8
Canon EF 135/2 L
Vivitar Series 1 135/2.3 VMC [Komine]
Pentax SMC 135/2.5
Pentax S-M-C Takumar 135/2.5
Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135/2.8
Leica Elmarit-R 135/2.8
Vivitar Close Focusing 135/2.8 [Komine]
C Zeiss J MC Flektogon 135/3.5
Pentax SMC Pentax-M 135/3.5
Schneider-K Retina Tele-Xenar 135/4 lens
Tamron SP 180/2.5 LD IF
Tamron SP 180/2.5 LD IF
Leica Apo-Telyt-R 180/3.4
Leica Apo-Telyt-R 180/3.4 E60
Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 180/4 CF ED
Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 180/4 CF ED
Canon EF 200/1.8 L USM
Pentax SMC Pentax 200/2.5
Pentax SMC Pentax-A* ED 200/2.8
Vivitar Series 1 200/3 VMC [Komine]
Meyer Orestegor 200/4
Nikon Nikkor 200/4 AI
Olympus OM Zuiko 200/4 MC Auto-T
Pentax SMC Pentax-M 200/4
Fujinon EBC 200/4.5
Canon EF 300/2.8 L IS USM
Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM
Spiratone YS 300/4
Tamron SP 300/5.6 Tele Macro [54B]
Tamron SP 300/5.6 Tele Macro [54B]
Tamron SP 300/5.6 Tele Macro [54B]
Nikon Nikkor * ED 400mm f/3.5
Vivitar Auto Telephoto 400/5.6 [Tokina]
Spiratone Plura-Coat Sharpshooter 400/6.3
Canon EF 500/4 L IS USM
Pentax SMC Pentax 500/4.5
Nikon Nikkor ED 500/4 P
Vivitar Series 1 600mm f/8 solid cat

Extenders, Teleconverters, Small Format

Canon EF Extender 1.4x
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x Teleconverter
Tamron SP AF 1.4x Teleconverter
Canon EF Extender 2x II
Canon Extender EF 2x III
Canon Lifesize Converter

Prime Lenses, Fujifilm XR

Fujifilm XF 18/2.8 R Asp
Fujifilm XF 35/1.4 R Asp
Fujifilm XF 60/2.4 R Macro Asp

Prime Lenses, Leica LTM, LM

Voigtlander 12/5.6 ASPH UW Heliar
Voigtlander 15/4.5 ASPH SW Heliar
Voigtlander 21/4 Color Skopar
Voigtlander 28/1.9 ASPH Ultron (D)
Voigtlander 28/3.5 Color Skopar LS
Voigtlander 50/2.5 Color Skopar LS

Prime Lenses, micro Four Thirds (mFT), Pen F

Olympus Oly 17/2.8 micro Four-Thirds
Olympus F.Zuiko Auto-S 38/1.8 Pen F

Prime Lenses, Medium Format

Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 35mm 1:3.5 N
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 35mm 1:3.5 N
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 45mm 1:2.8 N
Carl Zeiss Hasselblad Distagon CF T* 50/4
C Zeiss J Pentacon 6 Flektogon MC 50/4
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor C 50/4 Shift
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 55mm 1:2.8 N
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 80mm 1.9
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 80/2.8
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 80mm 2.8 N
Carl Zeiss Hasselblad Planar CF T* 80/2.8
C Zeiss J Pentacon 6 Biometar MC 80/2.8 II
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 80mm 2.8 N/L
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor C 80/4 N Macro
Mamiya Mamiya A 120/4 Macro APO
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 150/3.5 N
Pentax SMC Pentax-A 645 150/3.5
Mamiya Mamiya A 150/2.8
Mamiya Mamiya A 200/2.8 APO
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor 645 C 210/4 N
Mamiya Mamiya A 300/2.8 APO
Mamiya Mamiya-Sekor C 500/5.6 (LD)

Prime Lenses, Large Format

JML Optical SWA 65mm f/8 (in Copal 0)
Carl Zeiss Planar 80/2.8 (in Synchro-Compur 0)
Fuji Fujinon-SW 90mm f/8 (in Seiko 0)
Tokyo Kogaku Horseman Professional 105/3.5 (in Copal 0)
Fuji Fujinon-W 150mm f/5.6 EBC (in Copal 0)
Schneider-K Xenar 180/4.5
Fuji Fujinon-A 240mm f/9 EBC (in Copal 0)
Voigtlander Viogtar Anastigmat 240mm(~) f6.3

Prime Lenses, Bellows/Enlarger

Schneider-K C-Curtagon 35/2.8 enlg. lens
Spiratone Bellows Macrotar 35/3.5 enlg. lens
Nikon EL-Nikkor 50/2.8 enlg. lens
Schneider-K Xenar 75mm f/3.5 in B&J barrel
Wollensak Enlarging Raptar 90/4.5
Pentax SMC Bellows-Takumar 100/4
Rodenstock Rodegon 105/5.6 enlg. lens
Wollensak Enlagring Velostigmat

Zoom Lenses, Small Format

Canon EF 17-40/4 L USM
Canon EF-S 17-85/4-5.6 IS USM
Sigma Zoom ASP 18-35/3.5-4.5
Canon EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS
Tokina AF 20-35/3.5-4.5
Pentax SMC Pentax-M 24-35/3.5
Tokina AT-X 24-40/2.8
Canon EF 24-70/2.8 L USM
Canon EF 24-105/4 L IS USM
Tamron SP 24-135/3.5-5.6 AF [190D]
Tokina AT-X 24-200/3.5-5.6
Pentax SMC Pentax-FA AL 28-70/4
Tamron SP 28-75/2.8 XR Di AF
Canon EF 28-80/2.8-4 L USM
Vivitar 28-85/2.8-3.8
Kiron 28-105/3.2-4.5
Pentax SMC Pentax-A 28-135/4
Pentax SMC Pentax-FA 28-200/3.8-5.6
Canon EF 28-300/3.5-5.6 L IS USM
Canon EF 28-300/3.5-5.6 L IS USM
Sigma DL HZ ASP IF 28-300/3.6-6.3
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70/3.4
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70/3.4
Tamron SP 35-80/2.8-3.8
Vivitar Series 1 35-85/2.8 VF VMC [Kino]
Vivitar Series 1 35-85/2.8 VF VMC [Kino]
Pentax SMC Pentax-A 35-105/3.5
Tamron SP 35-105/2.8 Asp
Canon EF 35-135/4-5.6 USM
Canon EF 50-200/3.5-4.5 L
Sigma Multi-Coated 70-150/3.5
Kiron 70-150/4 MC Macro
Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L IS USM
Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L IS II USM
Canon EF 70-200/4 L USM
Canon EF 70-200/4 L IS USM
Vivitar S1 70-210/2.8-4 Mac VMC [Komine]
Vivitar S1 70-210/3.5 Macro VMC [Kino]
Tamron SP 70-200/3.5-4 (mod. 52A)
Pentax SMC Pentax-F 70-210/4-5.6 Zoom AL
Canon EF 70-300/4-5.6 IS USM
Sigma 70-300/4-5.6DL Macro Super 1:2
Tamron SP 70-300/4-5.6 VC
Pentax SMC Pentax-M 75-150/4
Tokina RMC 75-150/3.8
Canon EF 80-200/2.8 L
Canon EF 80-200/2.8 L
Carl Zeiss vSonnar T* 80-200mm f/4 MMJ
Kiron 80-200/4.5 Macro 1:4 MC
Canon EF 100-300/5.6 L
Canon EF 100-300/5.6 L
Canon EF 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · your photography gear journey

first camera 1998- EOS Elan II with 14mm sigma & 50mm 1.8
2000- Silvestri Cam 6X9 35mm grandagon Rodenstock 210mm - Schneider 110mm
2001 Arca Swiss 6X9- 45mm Grandagon
Jobo ATL 1500 color processor (E6) Imacon scanner-- i'm living in the woods
sell all on ebay 2003
2005 EOS 20D 70-200 f4----135L --50 1.8 shoot waterfall panoramas
eos 5D
eos 5dII many failures in humid conditions
eos 7D
2011 switch to Pentax K5 with kit lens- and Zeiss 25mm 2.8 & 50mm 2.0 --- I love the IQ
tamron K mount 70-200 & Samyang 85mm F1.4
late 2011 Sony Nex 5N kit lens- 16mm and K to Nex tilt adapter.

Now i want a FF Nex and a FF K mount

i miss the remote control available on the EOS

Mar 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM

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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · your photography gear journey

Thanks for participating, guys. And I didn't expect that long list, jcolwell

Here's my bit:

2006: Canon S2 IS
2007: Nikon D80 + 18-70mm lens kit, after playing with a friend's Canon 350D
Added 80-200mm AF-D, 50mm 1.8, 60mm Micro AF-D
2009: bought 24-70mm from a shop in Melbourne - I was totally ripped-off for this impulsive purchase
2010: sold D80 and 18-70, then picked up D2Xs a few months later, after seeing some great pics here. Sold 50mm and 80-200mm. Picked up the Zeiss bug here: 100 MP, 50 P and 21 D followed
2011: got 35 1.4 Distagon the first month it was released. Sold D2Xs, bought 2 used D700s from FM fellows when I traveled to the US. Bought 35mm 1.4 C/Y, haven't really used it.
Traded D700 + 24-70mm lens for Contax 645, 35mm, 80mm and 140mm later that year. Bought 120 f/4 Makro. This was just a few months after I constantly told my friend film was obsolete
2012: bought Contax G2, 21mm, 28mm, 45mm, 90mm package. Also bought 2nd Contax 645 body.

I'm thinking of switching to Canon to use the Contax lenses via NAM-1, and add Hasselblad FE 50mm 2.8, 110mm f/2 + tilt-shift adaptor. But I'd better stop the GAS from coming

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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · your photography gear journey

DSLR ---> Leica Rangefinder.

That's my journey done.

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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · your photography gear journey

That's a long and twisted tale, so I'll just summarize it with when I was young and broke I had one camera, two primes (35/2.8, 135/3.5), and loads of free time to shoot. Now that I'm older and more financially secure, I have four cameras, a lot more lenses (still mostly primes), and a fraction of the free time to dedicate to using them.

Mar 27, 2012 at 07:05 PM
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