TN Args

TN Args

Lives in United States Fleurieu, South Pacific, United States
Works as a Economic infrastructure policy expert
Joined on Apr 10, 2010

TN Args' current gear

Sigma dp0 Quattro
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Like living with a prima donna supermodel. If you are willing to pander to her every demand and condition, and accept her uselessness at most things, you will be rewarded in spades. Flawed genius, cracked perfection.
Owned it since 2015. I love it, or I wouldn't have kept it for 6 years (so far). Beautifully made and a pleasure to use with many practical features and toughness. Loses a star for poor C-AF and half a star for a funny grip (to my hand).
Inherited from me by my wife, she loves it. Was my main camera Dec 2013 to March 2015. Highly recommended.
Sony a7R III
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
*The* value buy in high-res cameras with genuinely usable AF tracking and eye detection.
Feels like a toy, delivers like a pro.
The performance at 12mm wide open -- I'm shaking my head. You have to see it to believe it.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4
Simply superb in every way.
Extremely good general purpose ultra-wide. Unbelievably compact. The small aperture is noticeable and pushes up camera ISO indoors or in dim lighting. Struggles noticeably with ultimate sharpness near the edges, so for detailed landscapes I eventually looked elsewhere (Sigma dp0).
An unbelievable lens. I cannot believe how they can get so much character and accuracy at the same time. Wallops most other 'fast 50' types. Worth every penny.
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S
Almost a 'lenscap lens'. Optics are confoundingly good. An underrated 'sleeper' for sure. Use it as a 28mm-e prime lens with confidence. Lens guru Roger Cicala rates it as one of those rare beasts: a pancake that stands tall among non-pancakes.
One star lost for AF not able to keep up with the burst rate of modern bodies, otherwise an excellent package.
My wife uses it extensively. Amazing performance to size ratio. I can't fault it within its design parameters.
Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT / Rokinon 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT
Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD
Sharp! I mean, *really* sharp! If you are making do with fish-eye adapters, this will open your eyes. Even when 'de-fished' on the computer this lens makes good 15mm-equiv rectilinear images.
I have few criticisms of this lens, either in use or in its images. Purple fringing can be a little high...but for a superzoom? I can't fault it within its design parameters.

TN Args' wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS R5
Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM
Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C
Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS
Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G
Sony a6600
Ricoh GR III
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8
Zeiss Batis 25mm F2
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Added Apr 29, 2018
TOP blog says bokeh looks perfect on samples he has examined.
Added Apr 29, 2018
Added Oct 12, 2017
Compact wildlife option, lightweight travel option.
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Added Sep 12, 2017
665g, $900, not sealed, is probably the ultimate 35 and OIS is less needed at 35mm with good high-ISO cameras.
Added Sep 12, 2017
$600, 750g. OIS is the deciding factor at this FL.
Added Sep 12, 2017
$500, 350g. Tamron alternative has VR and might be better handheld at this focal length.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
Added Sep 12, 2017
$800, 350g. Soft corners wide open but superb f/4-f/8 (slrgear). For landscapes. Definitely beats the Tamron 15-30 $1200 1100g
Added Sep 12, 2017
With D850 has more AF points than a f/6.3 alternative lens
Added Sep 12, 2017
Holiday lens. Buy as a D850 kit lens.
Nikon D850
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-6.3G ED VR
Added Sep 12, 2017
Added Apr 3, 2017
Purchased for wife as kit lens with Nikon D5600. Dead silent, dead sharp. Gives excellent performance when shooting JPEG with a camera that supports it for in-camera lens corrections - better choice than 3rd party lenses in this regard.
Added Apr 3, 2017
Purchased for wife along with Nikon D5600. Rationale here: Gives excellent performance when shooting JPEG or raw with a camera that supports it for in-camera lens corrections - better choice than Sigma or Tamron alternatives in this regard -- also much better DxOMark sharpness than those 3rd party lenses.
Nikon D5600
Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135
Added Apr 3, 2017
Purchased for wife along with Nikkor 18-300mm. Rationale here: 2021 update: has proven to be a trusty performer and very likable.
Added Nov 6, 2015
$2200, 150mm long, 750g. Bench tested as "always very sharp, but never quite tack sharp like other lenses" - slrgear.
Added Jun 23, 2015
Sony A7 MF, $1800, Nikon mount, 920g. Among the absolute sharpest elite lens optics
Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Sony FE 28mm F2
Added Jun 23, 2015
Added Jun 23, 2015
Added Jun 23, 2015
or ZEISS Batis 25mm f/2
Sony a7R II
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH OIS
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
Added Jun 23, 2015
Longer lenses too heavy for the compact ethos, so as a wide-normal system, use with: -Sony-Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 AF 280g US$1000 -Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 AF 335g US$1300 -Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 MF 550g US$300 -Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 AF OIS 475g US$1200 Total kit US$8000 weight 2.25kg
Added Jun 26, 2014
Added Jun 26, 2014
Other gear:
  • Kowa 8.5mm f/2.8 lens Wish list
  • Mikaton 20mm 4.5x Macro Wish list, $199US
  • Rokinon 135mm F2.0 ED UMC Bargain $450!! Sharp, nice bokeh, MF, electronic comms to Nikon. Optically competes with $1800 Zeiss -- "an amazing optical instrument". Nikon mount has a focus assist chip.
  • Rokinon 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Sony A7, MF, sharp, $300
  • Rokinon T-S 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC US$600  680g. Also for macro. At f/11 competes with Canikon mk1 T/S lenses.
  • Venus/Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens SMOOTH TRANS FOCUS, MF bokeh/portrait lens US$700 750g, with D850
  • Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95 Wish list
  • Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 AF Sony A7RII wish list
  • Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 AF TOP blog says bokeh looks perfect on samples he has examined.

TN Args' previous gear

Canon PowerShot G7
Canon EOS 7D
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
My first digital camera. Built like a tank. A pleasure to use. 35-200mm-like lens FOV suited me. I wished for RAW though.
My first DSLR. An absolute beast. Flawless ergonomics. Perfect workhorse. AF is fast but not as accurate as I wished (no more accurate than a 5D II).
My wife's primary camera until she inherited my GX7 in March 2015. I rate this camera, it's good. Currently (2015) a spare.
Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II
Canon EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
4.5-star optics from f/5.6 and up. Reliable. Other things let it down.
Go-to lens for the 7D. Very, very good. But not in the league of my later Olympus 12-40mm PRO.
Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Faultless. Magnificent.
An underrated lens. I wished for faster AF. I accepted slight softening near 250mm.
Other gear:
  • Canon T90 SLR with FD primes 28mm, 50mm, 135mm, 300mm Loved that thing. In fact, I still have it -- in a cupboard. In fact, if a full frame digital back was offered, I might still be USING it!