jfw

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

jfw's current gear

Fujifilm X-E2
Nikon D800
Nikon Z7
My first mirror-less. I just love this thing. It sucks at AF-C, image review could be better, and the EVF IMHO just can't compare with the D800 OVF. But, that said, I love just about everything else about it. Nice size, the retro shooting controls/ experience, the image quality of the jpegs, etc.
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. If you ask me what I don't like... I struggle to answer. Yeah, I know about the AF-C complaints and 1-slot... but I really don't use those on my other cam's anyway - so don't really care (though I can understand the issues sports & wedding photogs have). 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!!
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R
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.
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.
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED VR
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 4.5 otherwise. Still highly recommended.
This inexpensive telephoto is surprisingly sharp, and the OIS works great in my experience. This one definitely ought to be in your bag.
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.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Just got it in March 2019. Its a monster. Haven't used for much yet except some test shots. More later after additional use...
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.
A really good lens. Would give it a 5 except for being soft around the edges at selected apertures.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
I just love this lens. One of my most used. I rarely use the VR since I mostly shoot on a tripod, but the VR works great when I do use it.
Just got it in April 2019 and only used lightly so far. More later after additional use.
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. 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. Makes me look forward to the 2019 release of the 14-30S f/4 ... and hope Nikon adds a 70-200S f/4 to the roadmap.
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
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.

jfw's wish list

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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
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Shot with this for 9+ years - loved it. Only thing I disliked was the lack of sensor cleaning (though, to be fair, this model was released before the 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.
A specialty lens, but quite fun for the occasional shot that cried out for a fisheye perspective.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Used mostly indoors in low-light. Great for that purpose.
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.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Sharp. Great for both macro and portraits.
I know I'm in the minority, but I was disappointed with the image quality degradation of this TC. Sold it.
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. Sold it, and haven't missed it for even 1 minute.