jfw

Lives in United States United States
Has a website at photos.jerryweimar.com
Joined on Mar 5, 2003

jfw's current gear

Nikon Z7
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
Jan 2020 update: just bought a 2nd Z7 (& gave my D800 and X-E2 to nieces) - all in on Z now. For my purposes as a landscape shooter, I have to say this is darn near perfect. Nikon really hit this out-of-the-park for me - esp. when combined with the (smaller-but-better) 24-70S, and IBIS. I shoot hand-held much more often now. If you ask me what I don't like... I struggle to answer. The prior AF-C issues are improved with FW 3.0. 1-slot is really the only thing that bothers me - but only a very little, and not enough to keep me from rating this a 5-star!!
Sharp. Great for both macro and portraits. In my heart-of-hearts, though, I liked my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM better, for reasons that I cannot fully explain.
Way better when paired with my Z7, than the Tamron SP 150-600 ever was when paired with my D800. Its a monster in size though - which often discourages me from taking it.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
Another one that is very sharp, as well as being light weight. I don't use it that often but, when I do, I'm always extremely pleased with the image quality. My one complaint: more CA than I expected in some (backlit) images.
I just love this lens. One of my most used. I mostly shoot on a tripod, but the VR works great when I do use it. Update: Used quite a bit from moving ship/ zodiac in Greenland on my Z7 with FTZ and VR - worked great.
Used quite a bit on my September 2019 trip to Greenland - for close-up wide-angles of icebergs. Mostly shot from a moving zodiak with VR on. Very happy with the results.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
Of the three 24-70mm lenses I've owned so far, this one is definitely the best & my favorite. Great optical quality in a small package. Edge-to-edge sharpness is better than my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED (though still a bit soft in the extreme corners). Don't need f/2.8 for what I do. Almost perfect for landscape. A bit more distortion than I would like is my only (minor) complaint - easily fixed in post processing though. Perf of this lens encouraged me purchase the 14-30S f/4 also ... and hope Nikon adds a 70-200S f/4 to the roadmap.
Sharp and fast. Works great with the new Z7. I can't find anything I don't like about this guy. Right now I'm thinking its probably the only prime I'm going to get for the Z7. You considering it? ... go for it.

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Other gear:
  • Other I waited for a long time for the X-E3 but, after seeing the actual camera, its no longer on my wish list. Will probably just hang on to my X-E2 and upgrade my D800 to D850.

jfw's previous gear

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Canon EOS 10D
Nikon D800
Shot with this for 9+ years - loved it - almost wept when I sold it. Only thing I disliked was the lack of sensor cleaning (though, to be fair, this model was released before the on-board sensor cleaning era).
My first digital SLR and a joy to use. Used for 3 years. Great experience with it convinced me to move up to the 1DS Mark II.
As widely reported initially, some struggles with AF - but mostly not for me when shooting landscape. Terrific image quality. Love the raw files. Skipped the 810 & 850 upgrades... but went for the Z7 eventually. Glad I did. Hung on to this for a while as my 2nd/ backup... but my niece has it now, and its still doing a great job.
Fujifilm X-E2
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM
My first experience with mirrorless. Loved almost everything about this camera, especially the shooting experience, terrific lenses, and image quality/ character. Though AF-C sucked, it hunted a bit in low-light, and I eventually grew tired of X-Trans and the worm wars. Moved on to the Z7, but still have a warm spot for Fuji. Gave this camera and the lenses to one of my nieces.
A specialty lens, but quite fun for the occasional shot that cried out for a fisheye perspective.
Used mostly indoors in low-light. Great for that purpose.
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
My main squeeze when shooting Canon. Would have given it a 5, except for being a bit soft around the edges at selected apertures. A great lens though.
This lens was great - it "just worked". No AF/ IS-VR hassles like we hear about on so many other lenses these days. And sharp too. Of all the lenses I've sold, this one was the hardest to part with.
Sharp. Great for both macro and portraits. Was a favorite lens.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R
A really good lens. Would give it a 5 except for being soft around the edges at selected apertures.
I know I'm in the minority, but I was disappointed with the image quality degradation of this TC. Sold it.
Sharp, and light weight. Only complaint is the lens hood - dislike not being able to reverse-mount it for storage; would have given it a 5 otherwise. Still highly recommended.
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
Sharp, and light weight. Mostly used for wide landscapes. No complaints. Highly recommended.
Pretty good overall, and I would buy again. A bit more CA than I expected, and a bit soft around the edges at selected apertures. Used for walk-about when I'm prioritizing focal length flexibility over max image quality. OIS works well.
This inexpensive telephoto is surprisingly sharp, and the OIS works great in my experience. This one definitely ought to be in your bag.
Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Sharp, and relatively light weight. Bought this after buying the 14mm and 35mm - now using this more than both of those put together. Highly recommended. Might even say superb.
I know I'm in the minority, but inconsistent AF when paired with my D800. Just not in the same league as my 1DS-Mark II paired with the EF 100-400L. (I think I actually hated it, truth be told.) Sold it, and haven't missed it for even 1 minute.