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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Your Kit - 2023


Last year's Your Kit thread was fun, so let's start another for 2023.

I prefer primes and like to shoot family, portraits, travel, landscape and some local wildlife.

Sony A1
Sony 20mm f/1.8 G
Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM
Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN C
Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM
Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS

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Jan 23, 2023 at 05:58 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Your Kit - 2023


I've built mine around portrait, event work, and sports.

Sony A1
35 GM
50 GM
135 GM
24-70 GM II
70-200 GM II
200-600 G
AD600x2, AD300x2, V860iii, V1

This is actually all pretty compact, it fits in a TT international and a light backpack, with the AD600s coming along when I need them.



Jan 23, 2023 at 06:08 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Your Kit - 2023


in 2022 I sold/bought a few lenses. Here is what I have right now:

Sony A1 x 2
Sony A7III (infrared)
Sony RX100 VI

Voigtlander 12
Voigtlander 15
Voigtlander 21 f1.4
Voigtlander 35 f1.2
Sony PF 16-35
Tamron 17-28 f2.8 (for the IR camera)
Sony 24-70 GM II
Sony 28-60
Sigma 85 f1.4 ( may sell this one, sitting in the drawer)
Sony 90 macro
Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 II
Sony 70-200 GM II
Sony 200-600
Sony 600 GM

If I may add, the lenses that I really want but don't exist (yet) in Sony land are a good 14-30 f4 that takes screw-in filter, and a new 600 f4 with a built-in 1.4 TC, like the new Nikon 600 f4, I hope Sony won't be asking $16000 for such a lens.

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Jan 23, 2023 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Your Kit - 2023


I feel like I have a ridiculous amount of glass, but I do shoot a bit of everything in varying circumstances, so I really do use them all.

* Denotes favorite lenses

A1 (x2)
PZ 16-35mm f4
GM 12-24mm f2.8 *
GM 24mm f1.4
GM 35mm f1.4
Sigma 35mm f1.2 *
GM 50mm f1.2 *
Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN
Sigma 105mm f1.4 *
Tamron 135mm f1.8
Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6
Tamron 35-150mm f2-f2.8 *
GM 24-70mm f2.8 II
GM 70-200mm f2.8 II *
GM 100-400mm *
Sony 200-600mm
AD600 (x2), AD300 (x2), V860III (x3)

About the only lens change/addition I am looking for is the expected GM 85mm f1.2. Fortunately, my G.A.S. seems to be subsiding as I have had little desire to acquire most of the numerous recently released lenses. For years, I was always looking to upgrade the IQ of my lenses, which was cause for constant upgrades. These newer lenses are so darned good, I have (fortunately) lost most of that desire.



Jan 23, 2023 at 07:44 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Your Kit - 2023


2023 is a checkpoint date for me since 2022 was the year I transitioned to Sony. Good question for me then!

My kit:
Batis 18, 25, 40, 85 and Sony Zeiss 55 - all have a good trade-off between aperture and weight, a bit bulky but light, etc. All of them make a nice one-lens kit for an outing. Or 2 lenses if needed. So I feel pretty well set for now.

Sigma 18-50 2.8 zoom -- a marvel and so small -- for those occasions when only a zoom will do

I also have the Sony 35GM and Sigma 45/2.8. Both wonderful lenses, somewhat superfluous now I have made other choices but I can't quite part with them yet!

You can see I do like the Zeiss designs and the look they achieve.



Jan 23, 2023 at 07:58 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Your Kit - 2023


Assembled for wedding work primarily;
A7III
A9
24/1.4 GM
35/1.4 GM
85/1.4 DG DN
Sigma 24-70 DG DN
Tamron 70-180
Various Godox lights.



Jan 23, 2023 at 08:14 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Your Kit - 2023


Still evolving
A7IV
A7RV
Laowa 14mm
Tammy 20-40
Sony 70-200mm

Sent my Tammy 28-70 back and I may turn to all Sony in that range. I will keep the 14 and 70-200 regardless but still not sure what I want. I even have thoughts of Leica Q2 and just keep a work kit. Even have thoughts of selling all my Wescott Lighting kit. My issue is I cant decide to retire yet.



Jan 23, 2023 at 08:42 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Your Kit - 2023


Way too many lenses, one body though .

Edit: it might make sense to single a couple out, for one reason or another:

* Laowa Argus 35/0.95 - my (not) only lens purchase of 2022 (though I did buy 2 other lenses that year, but returned them in the end). TBH, this one is not what I expected. Damn, forgot I've also bought Astrhori 50/1.4 tilt to play around, but it was a lot cheaper compared to regular lenses
* Tamron 35-150/2-2.8 - the only zoom that eats away at my prime usage (and I enjoy it )
* 35GM - if I can take only one lens, this will be it
* 50GM - the best Sony to date

Honorary mentions:
* Sigma 14-24/2.8 DN - 2023 will be another year when I will try to force myself to leart the ultra-wide. It's one of those lenses whose photos I can easily pick out from the bunch most of the time (Zeiss-y colors and contrast + amazing resolution).
* Sony 100-400GM - I should sell this one and replace it by Tamron 50-400, as it's smaller and lighter (+ has that useful 50-100 range added), but there's something I like about the photos from the GM...


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Jan 23, 2023 at 08:46 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Your Kit - 2023


I've settled in on this kit for a few years now. Serves well for my two main uses: sports and landscape/wildlife.
The landscape bag varies a bit depending on where I will be shooting.

Sony A1 x 2
Sony a9
Sony 400 GM
Sony 100-400 GM
Sony 70-200 GM II
Song 24-105
Sony 12-24
Sony 16-35
Voigtlander 12
Sony 200-600

Samyang 35 1.4 - for rug rats around the house



Jan 23, 2023 at 08:50 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Your Kit - 2023



I have lots and lots of lenses. But lately I've been using...

Sony a7R V

AF
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN
Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF
Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN C
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM
Sony 1.4x TC

MF
Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 35mm f/2
Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm f/2

My other lenses are with me less, but many of them see some form of action throughout the year.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Your Kit - 2023


Used while hiking and travel

A74
Voitglander 15
Sony 20G
Sony 35GM
Sony 85/1.8
Sony 16-35 PZ
Sony 24-105
Sony E70-350

thought I would pair the 16-35 PZ w/ the 24-105 but I just returned from a 10 day trip and took the 20G instead. Had no need for wider so I will probably sell the 16-35PZ. have not used it since purchase.

Purchases before May (before an intl trip)
hoping for a updated A7C
possibly get the 20-70 for travel instead of using the 24-105



Jan 23, 2023 at 09:02 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Your Kit - 2023


a7R IV

MF
Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL
Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon
Voigtländer 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar
Leica 135mm f/4 Elmar

Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro
Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO

Lomography Petzval 55mm f/1.7 II


AF
Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM
Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM
Sony 50mm f/1.2 GM
Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM

Sony 16-35mm f/4 G PZ
Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD
Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS


I use the Laowa 9, 25, 85, Sony 16-35 and 200-600 and Tamron 50-400 the most.

I primarily use the 9mm in forests, but occasionally for some architecture as well.

The 25 and 85 open up for a whole new world compared to the standard macro lenses. I use them handheld, as the nature doesn't wait for you. I'm bad at focus stacking, though.

The 16-35 and 50-400 are a phenomenal pair for landscape and cityscape. I switch between these two zooms and the 9, 21, 50, 135 kit, depending on the need of reach and accessibility of the given location. For nightscape, the latter is chosen. I often use the 50-400 for abstract architecture as well.

The 200-600 is a workhorse for wildlife, but I sometimes desire a 300 f/4 and 600 f/5.6 kit instead, which might replace the 50-400 for me as well (mostly at 300mm on the Tamron and 600mm on the Sony).

I actually use the GMs the least. Occasionally use them for people, indoor architecture, caves (on vacation) and rarely astro (horrible where I live). I considered photographing craftsmanship (occasionally do) and events professionally, but I don't see myself doing it, at least not in the long run, and I plan to start studying soon to become a lab technician. I much prefer freelancing architecture, landscape and wildlife, but doubt that will work.

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Jan 23, 2023 at 10:17 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Your Kit - 2023


Same as last year, and I don't foresee any changes unless Tamron releases a 17-35 f/2-2.8. Will maybe add a drone this year.

A7RIV
Zooms:
16-35GM
T35-150
100-400GM

Primes:
SY24
35GM
45i
85 Art



Jan 23, 2023 at 10:26 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Your Kit - 2023



Spent $8043 to take photos of my $100 dog.

I've failed economics 101.




Jan 23, 2023 at 10:28 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Your Kit - 2023


jrscls wrote:

I prefer using primes, so …
200-600 G


Why not replace this one with primes, too?

For me:

Sony A7C
200-600
Tamron 20/f2.8

I was thinking of getting either a 1.4x teleconverter, or perhaps an A6400 for even more reach.



Jan 23, 2023 at 10:33 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Your Kit - 2023


Simplest kit in decades…

A7R4

Primes:

20/1.8 G
35GM + 40/2.5G
90/2.8 Sigma DG DN

Zooms:

24-70 GM II
70-180/2.8 Tamron

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Selling a TTArtisan 50/1.4 most likely (don’t see myself having time to do MF for a while)

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Sold a bunch of stuff (50 GM, sigma 65, etc)
Will get an R5 or A2 eventually
Might get a 50GM again if the rumored 50/1.4 doesn’t materialize. Would prefer something around 500gm.

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Jan 23, 2023 at 10:42 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Your Kit - 2023


Mostly set with my Sony gear over the last year. I am considering to add a wide angle zoom and thanks to @GMPhotography and his tireless Big Bronco test, it will be the Tamron 20-40 f2.8. It would replace the Sony 20mm G and Sigma 24mm in each kit. Also might sell the Sigma 45mm f2.8 and add the Sigma 90mm f2.8 instead, as that would give me a small 135mm lens in APSC crop when needed. But waiting on that to see if Sigma adds a 105mm I series lens.

Bodies:
A7RIV
A7III

Main Lens Kit:
Sony 20mm f1.8G
Sony 35mm f1.4 GM
Batis 85mm f1.8 w/OIS
Batis 135mm f2.8 w/OIS

Lightweight/travel Lens Kit:
24mm f2 Sigma I
35mm f2 Sigma I
45mm f2.8 Sigma I
65mm f/2 Sigma I

For sports, airshows, wildlife, or nature I have the Sony 100-400 GM plus 1.4x TC.
For ultra wide angle I have the C/V 15mm f4.5 Helliar III

Godox V350-S, AD200 x2 and AD300 lights



Jan 23, 2023 at 11:04 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Your Kit - 2023


Lots of cat lovers failed too I imagine.

MitchB wrote:
Spent $8043 to take photos of my $100 dog.

I've failed economics 101.





Jan 23, 2023 at 12:20 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Your Kit - 2023


A7Rii

Samyang 45mm f1.8
Tamron 24mm f2.8
Sony 28-60mm for when I don't feel like changing lenses
TTartisan 50mm f2 for having fun with manual focus



Jan 23, 2023 at 12:26 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Your Kit - 2023


I bought and sold more than ever before last year, including selling my Sony 55 and Batis 85, which I had owned for years. I became more willing to re-evaluate my kit, try new options, and let go of lenses I was no longer using as much. I've ended up at a relatively lean kit for 2023.

My travel bag usually consists of an A7IV plus 3 lenses:
CV15 or Tamron 17-28/2.8
35GM or CV40 (now VM + Techart AF adapter)
Sigma 85/1.4 or Tamron 70-180/2.8

I also keep some non-Sony/film options in the mix though



Jan 23, 2023 at 12:38 PM
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