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My own '' in real life

I see members post comparisons from that site on various forums. I also used it for few years to compare gear size and look before I bought something. What any site cannot give is the actual feel of the camera in hand.

I know that lot of members on many forums come from film camera experience, moved up to FF DSLRs, then either downsized or added a smaller second system.

So, lot of you can relate to this experience.

I compared my actively used cameras side-by-side. Note that my reference to standard and tele is relative. The smaller sensor bodies give a different FOV for the same focal length of the lens.

The F3 is an exception in the sense it is not actively used. I consider this my baseline. While I don't have the first rangefinder (my uncle's) or SLR (borrowed, returned / father's, sold) from the 80s, this is what I have on hand... compact but chunky and heavier than it looks. The grip is relatively small for its weight. Not difficult to use after initial adjustment.

I plan to take my GH5M2 in this direction with two or three small primes.

Nikon F3 + 28mm prime

I generally use these cameras with what I consider a 'standard zoom'. The FF 24-70/2.8 stays on D7200 most of the time. The FF 17-35/2.8-4.0 stays on the D810 most of the time.

GH5M2 + PL12-60 f/2.8-4; F3 + 28-90 f/2.8-3.5; D7200 + 24-70/2.8; D810 + 17-35/2.8-4

The GH5M2 and F3 are similar in hand except for two small differences. GH5M2 grip is better. That's why it looks bigger. The F3 is a bit heavier.

GH5M2 + Pl12-60/2.8-4

The D7200 body is only slightly heavier than GH5M2 but is a lot heavier when 24-70/2.8 is mounted. The D810 is significantly heavier to the point that it is now hard for me to use it with one hand with either of the f/2.8 zooms.

D7200 + 24-70/2.8

I didn't mind the DSLR system weight for last 15 years, but it was time to downsize, and I did with the GH5M2.

The next comparison is of what I call my 'tele zooms'. Unlike in the shot below, the 70-200 is mostly used on D7200 for events at which time the 24-70 goes on the D810.

GH5M2 + PL50-200/2.8-4; F3 + 80-200/2.8-4; D810 + 70-200/2.8; D7200 + 24-70/2.8

The size of 80-200 zoom on F3 surprises me. It is smaller than the PL50-200 while covering larger full frame. It has a solid metal build. Still zooms and focuses very smoothly. They both have variable apertures from f/2.8 to f/4.

What's not included here are few f/1.8 primes, Canon bodies and lenses (I don't use them actively) and the FZ2500 (I use it only for video). Last year I also donated 5 unused lenses to the local high school's digital arts department.

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