Joined on Nov 7, 2013

NilsBV's current gear

Canon PowerShot S100
Pentax K-30
Pentax K-50
A truly pocketable camera with full manual controls. Can carry it in my jeans front pocket all day and not notice it's there. Great image quality for a camera with such a small sensor. Not a DSLR substitute but a terrific second camera.
After 12 months of shooting with the S100, upgrading to a DSLR hugely increased my enjoyment in photography. Love the 100% pentraprism viewfinder and twin command dials of the K30. It struggles focus tracking a running dog, but for landscapes, street, etc it's hard to beat at that sensor size.
A great camera with terrific features and performance. Two minor quibbles: the grip on the K50 is not quite as deep and comfortable as on the K30. The grip on the K30 was slim and deep allowing my fingers to grasp it very securely, while the K50's grip is wider at the base and feels less secure. Also the K50 (mine at least) tends to underexpose, particularly with the 18-135mm; metering on the K30 was more predictable. This would be more of an issue if I shot JPEG rather than RAW.
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Sony SLT-A55
Pentax smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] DC WR
Just picked this up 2nd hand on eBay. It will replace my old A55 as my "always in the car" camera. It should also come in handy for when I want something smaller & lighter than my Pentax DSLR, which the A55 didn't really offer.
About to be replaced with a 2nd hand NEX-6. I picked this one up cheap on eBay. The idea was to check out the A-mount system, play around with an EVF and then resell it. But it's light, small, cheap, has the Sony 16 MP sensor and so I kept it for a while. Pros: continuous AF during video, flip screen, fast AF in live view. Cons: ergonomic placement of command dial, only 1 command dial.
This has mostly replaced my Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 as my every day lens. Over most of the zoom range its aperture is just as fast, it is silent to focus, has greater range and WR. Pretty happy with the image quality.
Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
Pentax smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
My superior Sigma 17 - 70 mm is my go-to lens. This kit lens only gets used when I need the weather resistance.
I've bought this mainly to experiment with photo stitching, because this would appear to be a good focal length to do that with. I find it a bit long as a normal walk-around lens, particularly for what I like to shoot.
Pentax smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR
Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II
Not brilliant optically but it's weather-sealed, small and so much lighter than my 70 - 200 mm f2.8. It's what I take along as my "just in case" telephoto, when the occasional use doesn't justify something heavier.
I'm learning to love this lens for street photography in the CBD. It's a bit short for getting people shots without them noticing, but for buildings, street art, etc it is just brilliant. Those are occasions when "zooming with my feet" just isn't an option because it's not possible to back up further.
Sometimes 70 mm is a bit long on a crop sensor, but I find this lens invaluable when trying to capture my dog at play.
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Picked this up as part of a bundle of K-mount lenses I bought. I have kept it to replace the old Sigma 100-300mm DL lens that I had (which was truly cheap and nasty). Will probably eventually replace it with the Pentax HD 55-300mm WR.
Light but feels cheap. Feels a lot cheaper than the Pentax 18 - 55 mm WR equivalent. Plastic mount, no hood, rubbish focus ring. Zoom is a bit sticky around the 40 mm mark.
This lens is brilliantly light and compact and makes the NEX-6 very easy to carry around when I don't want to weighed down by an SLR. However the distortion, particularly at wide angle, is significant. But then, this is my choice when convenience outweighs image quality, and I'm ok with that.
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Not a bad lens. Silent focus. A bit dark at the long end. Also 200 mm would be better than the 210 mm that this is, because many sports stadiums have 200 mm lens restrictions. 210 mm is really a stupid focal length.
I have only used this a couple of times but I like it so far. I picked it up as part of a bundle of K-mount lenses and have not yet decided whether to keep it or replace it with the Pentax 100mm WR. Focus limiter on the Tamron vs WR on the Pentax.
I shoot exclusively RAW, so Lightroom is a must-have for me in being able to post process those files.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Why can't my K-30 have a sweep panorama like this has?
Other gear:
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
  • Pentax FA 50mm F1.7
  • Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5

NilsBV's wish list

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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM
HD Pentax  DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED WR
HD Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited
Added Mar 5, 2014
I'd love this for low light and landscape work. The reviews rate the quality similar to a prime, though those same reviews raise big questions about auto-focus. Yet to decide on it.
Added Nov 12, 2013
There are times when that 70 - 200 f/2.8 is just to large and heavy to lug around. And weather sealing would be nice too. Adding this or the 50 - 200 mm would be good for the convenience.
Added Nov 12, 2013
If I did more portraits then this 70 mm would give me a longer alternative to the FA 50 mm. But given that I don't shoot much portrait work I'll probably leave it.
Pentax K-3
Added Nov 12, 2013
I'll probably wait for the one after the K-3 before I decide to replace the K-30. Yes the K-3 would be an upgrade, but probably not enough of an upgrade to justify the cost.

NilsBV's previous gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Motorola Droid 2
A fun camera before my dog managed to get hold of it and chewed it up.
Other gear:
  • Olympus XA-2
  • Pentax MZ-50