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My Camera Gear Acquisition Roadmap

It’s been almost a year (literally) since I posted anything on here. Won’t lie, I have been lazy, busy and passive about it. I finally got married this year, February 15th. Yes, I am now a married man; the thought makes me jump on the highest cloud in the sky, and at the same time bury me in the depths of responsibilities even lower than the Mariana Trench!

Nevertheless, I have made my way back to WordPress to update readers with new happenings, share and express (and hopefully) discuss my photography and things related.

Like every photographer nerd out there I too have this crazy & unjustifiable want for the coolest and newest camera gear out there. Just that I didn’t admit it before and always tried to justify what I thought – was that I needed. However, I can’t hide or lie – I have GAS! 😀 lol

So I made a list of ALL the equipment I want to buy/have/be gifted (hopefully my wife reads 😉 ) From computer system to camera gear to lenses to accessories. Every item I have included/selected is out of LOTS of reading, reviewing, researching and picking only that that I absolutely want and any more than this would be – a lot.

Here goes the list :

COMPUTER SYSTEM

  • iMac 27 5k  – I had to really juggle and try to convince myself that I didn’t need the Mac Pro and then the NEC PA30 monitor both totaling to around $6,000+ and instead get the iMac 27 5k for way almost 1/3rd the price!384905-desktopcomputers-apple-27inchimacwithretina5kdisplaymk472lla
  • Canon Pro-1000 – good thing I wasn’t able to buy the PRO-1 when I did. This is a better option. Reason why I don’t want to go with the Epson even though I would love a roller is because of head clogs and better customer support w/Canoncanon1
  • Epson V850Pro – Yes definitely want and need a reliable, trusted and quality scanner. Intend to get back into film, my Nikon F3 is just gathering dust and I feel so so bad looking at it 😥v850 
  • HDD Enclosure(s) – I already have 4 2TB ext HDD I use. 2 for storing and 2 for backup. Just need an enclosure that with encase all 4. (still looking for options… help me? 😦 )

CAMERAS

 

  • Toyo-Field 45 AII – Always wanted to really feel the “old school” photography. This is basically going to be a landscape camera 90%. If and when I do have a studio, I might use it for portraits toyo
  • Pentax 645Z – It’s been so long dreaming and wanting and drooling over this camera, it’s more like a sinful pleasure to own it. More so because I know I will be shooting landscapes and personal projects with it. But then I think why do I need to spend $7,000 when I will or want to use the 4×5 camera on landscape… ugh! just too much! ( maybe I’ll save this is one for later… 😉 ) 06dcc9a875b270f87514b7df2d0e4812
  • Olympus OMD E-M1 mkII – Yep, I have the E-M1 and absolutely love the Olympus OMD system. The lenses are top notch with a very good price point as compared to other full frame lenses and also Sony FF lenses for their Α (alpha) series. Thinking I’ll sell my E-M1 and get a lens out of it??om-d_e-m1_still_black_mood_5
  • Nikon F3 – Already own this & love it. Want to start using it more & more… Been ignoring my baby for far too long! 😥 nikon_f3_angle

    LENSES

  • Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO
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  • Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO12-40-1280-1
  • Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO w/Teleconverter
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  • FA 645 120mm f/4.0 Macro000296039034
  • SMC Pentax-A 645 45-85mm F4.5   –
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  • SMC A 645 35mm F/3.5d3s_4730-1200

Rodenstock Grandagon 90mm f4.5
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ACCESSORIES

 

Format-HiTech Filters + Polarizer Kit

Manfrotto Tripod MT190CXPRO4

MH804-3W 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

Olympus FL 600R flash

Yep… that’s all folks! 😀

 

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2016 in Camera Gear

 

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Dreams & Desires

Well, it’s been hell of a long time since I actually “wrote” something on my blog and so today I decided to do just that.

I have been all this, however, watching trends and going “ooh!” and “aah!” over camera gear ranging from Medium format to DSLRs to Rangefinders and even the most popular Mirrorless compacts.

I have been day-dreaming and making a “wish list” (more of a goal), that I hopefully will meet, and money wasn’t the (main) deciding factor since my list was made to cater for life… as long as I would live and continue shooting, I know I wouldn’t need anything else and the gear would not break on me.

Its a bold statement, but I honestly believe that if you know what you want and more importantly why you want it, you can find peace of mind that few have actually been blessed with, especially due to the aggressive marketing of camera companies and Gear Acquisition Syndrome (aka GAS in the photo-community).

So anyways, the first step to how I came to recognize what I want came from knowing what kind of shooter I am and what kind of tools are required for the job. Now, this might be a tricky question since one CAN do the same job with varied tools/camera system or one may want to use something that’s an overkill and not even know it’s an overkill. The determining factors are different for everyone. For me they are : Product Knowledge, Final Print Size, Ease Of Handling & Portability.

Therefore, I made a list of the camera gear I will need and that I can use regularly and not be overwhelmed by deciding “which one do I use?!”. Instead of buying a couple of the same bodies (not talking about or referring to professional shooters here, but just hobbyists that splurge on equipment), I’d rather buy a single body that is the next step or better than the two I was buying and invest more on glass.

So here’s My List that includes all camera bodies and lenses – and all formats : –

POINT – & – SHOOT

Sony NEX-7
Olympus Mju II

SINGLE LENS REFLEX

Nikon D4
(w/ these lenses atleast)

17~35mm f/2.8D
24~70mm f/2.8D
70~200 VR II  f/2.8D
CZ Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2

RANGEFINDER & MEDIUM  FORMAT

Mamiya 7 II
(w/ these lenses)

65mm f/4
150mm f/4.5

Pentax 645D (w/ these lenses)

SMC Pentax-A 645 35mm F3.5
SMC Pentax-FA 645 75mm F2.8
SMC Pentax-FA 645 45~85mm F4.5
SMC Pentax-FA 645 80~160mm F4.5

COMPUTER SYSTEM AND ACCESSORIES

CPU/Desktop  : Mac Pro G5
Monitor            : NEC MultiSync PA271W

Printer             : ???
Scanner           : Epson V750-M Pro

Ext. HDD         : ???

Equipment Storage   : XDry CS-151SS
Lighting Equipment  : AlienBees

Everything on this list is an outcome of long, long, long sleepless nights and dreaming and researching. I have not chosen just the “best of the best”, but rather tried to balance practicality, budget and quality. The only reason to go for medium format would be for landscapes. Choices can definitely make you go crazy… esp. if you don’t have the moolah!!

So far, I have managed to acquire just the Oly Mju II, and I was lucky enough to find one in a very good condition and at a very good rate. I am just being lazy and haven’t had the time to sell my stuff I already have and invest that money into the list.

I am sure I won’t be buying / acquiring all that is listed here, basically due to money concerns and also the fact that I kind of think I won’t be able to do justice to all the bodies – so why have them and just store them?!

Well, thanks for reading all of this… if you did! Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions?! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Camera Gear

 

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Camera Wars

A Super War!!

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Camera Gear, Other Artists

 

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Between FILM & DIGITAL Camera

It’s been a struggle between photographers and critics alike as to which is a better “medium” – film or digital. As digital camera technology grew and became more and more convincing, the photographers also lend it a hand and gave it a shot. Critics, however, took the safe side and voted for film. This “war” between the two has lasted for almost 8 years now, and I can very safely say that digital sensors have made their mark, if not making film obsolete – yet!

I too stood back and watched back in the days when either fate of film and digital was in question and decided. However, I did take the plunge and bought myself, first a digital point & shoot, and later in 2006 the Nikon D200. Was most happy and satisfied I might say… but the quench for the “ultimate” never left. Always greedy for newer gadgets, always keeping an eye for the newer body that would come out and dreaming about it even though not having the means to afford one. I found this surprisingly common among photographers – professionals and amateurs alike, to lust over newer bodies and always so very eager to find fault or reason to buy the next thing that hit the shelves. As I would like to believe, this was not the case in the old days of film. One bought a camera and stuck to it for at least a few years before he/she went on to something new. The purchase of newer lenses then was the thing back then, not camera bodies. It was buying a “system” and not just “features”… you went for Canon or Nikon or Minolta .. and built that “system” with it’s lenses and accessories. Now, it’s all about getting newer bodies and doing away with the “old” one.

I believe one of the biggest factors for this change of attitude is the amount of advertising and publicity the product receives, sometimes even before anyone has even seen the product eg. in the case of Nikon D4?! Its been just over a year the D3s came out and everyone want something new already.

I think it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the “joy of capturing a moment” has deteriorated to “recording a scene”. Shooters shoot just about anything, no limits, no fixed number of frames, no thought process involved – just pressing that shutter!

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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Camera Gear, Public Awareness

 

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Out goes the D200 and Ricoh GX200 is In


I sold my Nikon D200 with the vertical grip, MC-10 remote cord, 18~70mm f/3.5~4.5 kit lens for $700. The body was intact but the glue holding the rubber was wearing out and so the rubber was coming off esp. at the ends. The sensor was also very dirty. Didn’t clean it all this time even once since I got the camera (that being in March 2006). I was hoping and wishing I get somewhere around $1000 with all that, but landed up with only $700. True, I tried to rush the sale… but who’s buying a D200 now anyways?! I wouldn’t !!

So, for $700, I got the Ricoh GX 200 with the VF-1 + extra batt. + acc. lens cover… all for $590 from Amazon. I think that the best camera is the one you have with you! The D200 more than often sat there in the house unless I took it out for a particular shoot or something. I experienced slide film and to be honest, I am in love with photography once again! It’s just amazing. I guess I’ll use my F3 to shoot film, and GX 200 for snaps. I definitely plan on getting me a DSLR sometime (soon I hope). I want to go for the D700 (or the upgrade of it if there is at the time).

Personally, I think it’s a win-win situation with some compromise. Funny thing, I am still with “200” !! lol…

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2009 in Camera Gear

 

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Retro-Retreat : Going from Digital –> Film

It’s been ages since I bought any camera gear and honestly, it frustrates the shit out of me!! Not that I’m just into buying stuff, but all I’ve been using is the one kit lens I got with my D200 – and that’s 3 years ago!

Umm…  so why haven’t I bought it? Well, no job = no money = no fun… plain n simple. I’ve got tired of browsing around, reviewing gears and wishing I could have it… only finding out that something better popped up. It’s seriously BAD how fast the industry is churning out these cameras. A semi-pro body has a life of 6 months, pro body of 1-1.5 years. A new body or a version HAS to come out!! It’s really frustrating.

A few days ago, I had a bolt of lightning… I thought of selling my digital stuff, and buying myself a scanner and one “good” lens from that money. I have been wanting (dying) to buy me a point-n-shoot for sometime now. Well, after using a dSLR for so long, you can imagine how much of a control freak I became using it. Went through a lot of semi-pro P-n-S but none stood out as the ultimate “swiss army” camera. Until recently, Olympus came out with the E-P1. Now this camera IS something that’s between a P-n-S. A very product that can serve anyone. However, no point-n-shoot can satisfy everyone’s needs. The issue with the E-P1 is that it doesn’t have any built in flash, and it really isn’t pocketable esp. when you put on a different lens than the 17mm pancake lens.

The other alternative  to the E-P1  (for myself, mind you) is the Ricoh GRD III or the GX200. The GRD III is a sweet sweet camera, and many photographers do swear by its lens. The ONLY issue I have with it is that it’s lens has a fixed focal length. This leaves me no other choice but the GX200.

So now I’m thinking, if I got me a film scanner, one “good” lens and the Ricoh GX200, I can wait a while and watch the prices drop for the dSLR body I ultimately want. Not a bad proposition in my view.


– now this is what’s on my mind –


Scanner Konica-Minolta Elite 5400 II

Lens : Nikon 85mm f/1.8 D   ( and/or 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 … if possible )

P-n-S : Ricoh GX200




Konica-Minolta Elite 5400 II

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D

Ricoh GX200

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Posted by on July 29, 2009 in Camera Gear

 

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POLAROID SX-70

Excellent Video / Adv. on the Polaroid SX-70 and its functioning

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2009 in Camera Gear

 

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