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.
Possesses some 'special' qualities. The next-gen IS is amazing, for stills and video. The high-res 63MP mode is the real thing -- for static subjects and with a camera support. As an upgrade to the GX7 I love the IS, the video, the EVF, the customizability, the live histogram is amazing, the swivel screen, but miss the GX7's fast startup, ultra-quick AF, and beauty.
Inherited from me by my wife, she loves it. Was my main camera Dec 2013 to March 2015. Highly recommended.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8
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.
Simply superb in every way.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH
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.
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.
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
Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT
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.
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.

TN Args' wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

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
Nikon D5600
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: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59274821 . Gives excellent performance when shooting JPEG 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.
Added Apr 3, 2017
Purchased for wife along with Nikkor 18-300mm. Rationale here: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59274821 . Early days, but certainly good first impressions.
Nikon D500
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED
Added Apr 26, 2016
Added Nov 6, 2015
$500, 350g
Added Nov 6, 2015
$800, 350g. Soft corners wide open but superb f/4-f/8 (slrgear)
Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon D750
Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135
Added Nov 6, 2015
$2200, 150mm long, 750g. Bench tested as "always very sharp, but never quite tack sharp like other lenses" - slrgear.
Added Nov 6, 2015
$1900, 750g
Added Jun 23, 2015
Sony A7 MF, $1800, Nikon mount, 920g. Among the absolute sharpest elite lens optics
Rokinon 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC
Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Added Jun 23, 2015
Sony A7, MF, sharp, $300
Added Jun 23, 2015
Added Jun 23, 2015
Sony FE 28mm F2
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony Alpha 7R II
Added Jun 23, 2015
or ZEISS Batis 25mm f/2
Added Jun 23, 2015
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
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH OIS
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
Other gear:
  • Kowa 8.5mm f/2.8 lens Wish list
  • Mikaton 20mm 4.5x Macro Wish list, $199US
  • Nikon DL24-500 Never came to market, but still on my wish list for its promise of high speed and great CAF as a budget wildlife camera. Will remove from wish list when and if Sony bring out an RX 10 with the burst and CAF capability of their RX 100 V.
  • 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 f/1.8 II
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 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 f/2.8L 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!