PIX 2015
Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

Lives in United States baba.ganoush01 AT yahoo.com, United States
Joined on Dec 1, 2010

Baba Ganoush's current gear

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Replaces my FZ200 for travel.
Gorgeous pictures. Pocketable, take everywhere.
Now have Nauticam housing for underwater photography.
Nikon 1 AW1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Sony Alpha a6000
Black version. Used strictly for UW photography. Menu system is poorly designed and implemented. Responsive AF. Excellent pictures.
Needs a viewfinder. Tried to sell second-hand. No takers, so bought an attachable viewfinder for it.
Now my go-to everyday camera. Lacking in high quality lenses.
Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
New acquisition to complement my 24-120mm lens
Walk around lens for D800. My copy outperforms reputation.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Best lens I own.
Decently sharp on-axis, tends to be soft in corners, better for DX than FX
Very sharp. Very heavy.
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
For image sharpness, only so-so lens
Pretty sharp when closed down a bit. Handy for low light situations.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS
Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS
Walk around lens for the G6
Lots of anamorphic distortion, but mostly correctable in DxO Optics Pro or DxO ViewPoint.
Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
Shows ugly "onion effect" against a solid color background. Some geometrical distortion, correctable in software, bit soft in the corners, but acceptable for use on my A6000 as a travel camera in place of MFT.
Just purchased to replace 55-210mm lens. First glance, IQ looks to be nearly on a par with my Nikon 80-400mm, but is both faster and lighter.
Other gear:
  • Induro BHD0 Ballhead
  • Induro CM014 Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • Induro CT014 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Induro PHQ1 Panhead
  • Manfrotto 410 Jr Geared Head
  • Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared Head
  • Vanguard 263AP Aluminum Tripod
  • Vanguard PH-32 Pan Head
  • Vanguard SBH-300 Ballhead

Baba Ganoush's previous gear

Canon PowerShot A720 IS
Canon PowerShot S410 (Digital IXUS 430)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
For its era, a pretty decent PnS camera when all said and done.
First digital camera. Produced excellent 8 X 10s. Destroyed in heavy rain in Costa Rica. RIP.
Superzoom. Excelled as a travel camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 (Lumix DMC-TZ7)
Canon PowerShot D10
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
My wife borrowed this camera from me one day, wouldn't return it
Da bomb -- its bulbous shape, that is. Used for UW only.
Soft focus at all settings. Was mistake to pre-order sight unseen. Never again.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 (Lumix DMC-FT4)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 (Lumix DMC-TZ25)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
For UW photography. Gave to my wife. Replaced by Nikon 1 AW.
Replaced my ZS6, which replaced my ZS3. Large zoom range in compact body is handy for travel. Gave it to my wife. Her main camera now.
Was my main all-in-one travel camera for a while. Gave some truly excellent portraits but not especially sharp.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2)
Nikon D7000
Photos too soft for me. Kept for very short time. My wife took it.
Enjoyable camera. Good introduction to digital photography with interchangeable lenses.
Very decent sensor. Comfortable body. Autofocus sometimes acted a bit flakey.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
Nikon D800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Its tiny buttons drove me crazy.
Replaced my G3, nothing patently wrong with it, but I never took a liking towards this camera. Sat on the shelf unused for many months so I sold it in mint condition.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
My copy slightly de-centered.
Good color. Had front/back focus issues at extreme wide-angle below 24mm and telephoto above 70mm. Fine in mid-range of FLs.
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2
I have 2 other MFT lenses that cover 14mm and both of them are sharper
Great lens: tack sharp after recalibration by Canon warranty service, saturated if sterile Canon colors.
Hardly ever used this lens once I bought the Panasonic 7-14mm.
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS
Black copy of new version of this lens. Average sharpness on axis, quite soft towards edge, uneven distribution of light across field of view. Travel-worthy but otherwise mediocre IQ. Replaced with Sony 70-200mm f/4 G lens.
Not very sharp, which may explain why Nikon came out with a later version of this mediocre lens. Replaced with 80-400mm.