Thursday, 2015-05-14

State of the gear collection, May 2015

So quite a lot has happened in 2 years when it comes to the stuff I use, and as I was bored I thought I shoot the collection as a series of thematic “kits”.

As before, click through the pics to see them on Flickr[1].

The “pre-AI” kit.

The pre-AI kit

A classic 70s era focal length collection: 35, 55, 105.

I finally got the 35mm ƒ/1.4 I was lusting after, and it happened to be an AI-converted Nikkor-N with radioactive thorium glass. It’s been through a CLA as its aperture was sticky and is now nice and smooth.

The pancake kit

The pancake kit

Another new lens: the Cosina-Voigtländer 40mm ƒ/2 Ultron.

The “assignment” kit

The "assignment" kit

(Scare-quotes as the only “assignments” I get involve being the resident photographer at company trips and family gatherings.)

I actually only use the 28-105 in anger. The 70-210 is usurped by the 30-110 below.

The travel kit

The travel kit

This has actually worked out well for me. A fast wide for environments and indoors, and a very compact telezoom for reach.

Future plans

I need something wider than 28mm equivalent, and I’m planning on getting a 18-35mm zoom for either the D700 or (more likely) the V1.

I’m growing more and more disaffected with the size and weight of the Nikon D700, compared to the enjoyment of actually bringing it with me and taking pictures.

Right now I’m teetering between streamlining my lenses towards using them with a Sony A7 and adapter, or simply getting the Df as a new FX camera. In any case I’ll probably get rid of stuff that I see as dead weight, such as the 70-210/4 and a couple of redundant primes.

[1] Flickr doesn’t use notes anymore, but all the images are tagged with the lenses in them.