Lives in Israel Israel
Joined on May 6, 2009
About me:

Just a regular guy that loves to take pictures

duchamp's current gear

Nikon Coolpix A
Panasonic Lumix DC-G90 (Lumix DC-G91)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
I whined about my longing for a decent pocket camera to the local Nikon rep. After several months he informed me that they found a brand new. I got it (Mar 20, 2019) for only $250 which is a bargain for this little germ. AF is much faster and confident then of the Fujifilm XF10 which I tried out recently. It fails completely at night while the "A" needs only some contrast to lock-on perfectly. Picture quality even at ISO 1600 is very good. Usability is also very good. Highly recommended! I use a 32GB Toshiba W-04 wi-fi card that also works flawlessly on my D800e/810. PS I learned that there's a filter adapter+lens hood kit. Could be very useful to protect the only flimsy thing - the lens cover. I'll buy it if the price is right. May 17,2019. Conclusion: It's good for street and landscapes, OK for portraits. Filter adapter costs too much, $250, so I keep it in my daypack in a 1030 pelican case. When in use I put it in my front jeans pocket.
November 1, 2019. I wanted a mirrorless ILC for family videos, traveling and introducing my kids to photography. My "basic" demands are weatherproofness, separate dials for shutter and aperture, usb-charging, decent low light AF, inbody IS, easy video shooting for dummies and a mic input. Comfortable handling, logical UI and flipping screen are very welcome. Of course it had to be smaller and lighter than my D800/810s. My budget was about $1500. For the last years I looked on new cameras and thought: If only it had this or that I'd readily buy it. As soon as this camera was announced no excuses were left - I bought it. I was lucky the store could upgrade the lens to 12-60 2.8-4. Verdict: This is a great camera and a great lens. Very intuitive and highly configurable menu, great ergonomics. Suddenly low light shots and especially lightnings became pieces of cake. After 20 years with Nikon I don't miss it at all! /// Update1 (October 2020) 2 things I'd like to be firmware upgraded: 1.Eliminate quality degradation when enlarging photos on the screen, 2. Adding high-res mode as in G9. /// Update2 (March 2021) I was shocked to find out that a taken for granted feature "tethered shooting to Lighroom/Capture One" isn't supported. Wireless tethering is possible but too cumbersome. I ended up monitoring studio photography via HDMI cable to an external monitor/TV. Update3 (Aug 2022): I think I'm ready to return to FF - there is an abundance of compact bodies and lenses. I wanted the S5, but it seems Pana has abandoned photographer's needs in all its series. Pity.
A great lens with no cons at all. Ok, maybe a ratherlong minimum focusing distance for studio. 1m would be preferable. I overcame this problem by obtaining a 85mm 1.8G.
Nikon PC-E Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 Pro
I bought it and use it primarily for macro shots. I use it alone or with Kenko extension tubes. 2 cons that I found. 1- rather high green and purple CAs for a lens of this price range. This is a serious con when stacking supermacro things. 2 - focus ring rotation distance is too short for fine focusing.
Feb 13, 2020. My second m43 lens. It's very light, very small, very cheap and very sharp. I don't like the lens cap which is of weird size and of awful outdated design, it'll be replaced as soon as I find a better one.
May 2020: I returned the Nocticron 42.5 and took this one as soon as I learned that the former isn't as sharp. This Oly has almost no CAs which the Nocti had. The absence of IS is not felt at all as I can consistently get sharp images up to 1/20 on both lenses. It's possible to get sharp images even at 1/4 on both but with a similarly lower hit rate. As if Nocti's IS doesn't engage at all. Oly is awesome but not perfect. 1. The build quality feels very good but AF/MF ring is too easy to move. I toggle it to MF every time I change lenses. They should think of a locking lever in the revised model. 2. Refocusing reaction from front plane to back and vice versa in in continuous af mode in video is very very slow on my Panny G90. This is an extremity and I don't shoot video with it, but still good to know that Nocti is better at something. ;)
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS
Nov 1, 2019. A perfect companion to my Panssonic G90. The reason I upgraded from the 12-60 3.5-5.6 kit lens, which is 99% the same, was the extra stop that is very valuable on the small m43 sensor. Mar 2, 2020. Comparing with the 35-100 II I found there's some drop in sharpness/contrast at 60mm. Half a star off for AF/MF switch that is too easy to move unintendedly.
Other gear:
  • Viltrox NF-M43 Lens Mount Adapter

duchamp's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 Pro
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS
Added Jul 27, 2021
July 2021: I lack a 35mm equiv. prime and after using its 45mm (90mm equiv.) brother for a year or so I am sure this one is the best lens in its class.
Added Oct 9, 2020
Oct 9, 2020: Never tried one. But I think this wide angle complements the system the best. July 13, 2021: Rented it for a weekend and fell in love from the click of the bayonet. If you own a Panaleica 12-60 you will feel at home. A marvel to handle, very smooth zooming, close enough macro distance, fast silent focusing, rich colors, sharp wide open. This is an outdoor landscape wide angle lens at its best while the 10-25 is more of a speciality lens. I enjoyed shooting portraits with the latter, it complements perfectly with my Olympus 45/1.2. I can also imagine it will be a better choice for shooting stars. Verdict: I'd love to own both. :)
Added Oct 9, 2020
Never tried one. But I think this telephoto lens complements the system the best.
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH
Added Oct 9, 2020
An outstanding lens throughout all the range and a charm to handle. I had an opportunity to use it for a weekend and fell in love with it instantly.
Other gear:
  • DJI Mavic 2 pro

duchamp's previous gear

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Nikon D70
Nikon D90
This camera is a pure jewel! Much easier to operate than any SLR and renders better colors out of the than D700 or D610, let alone DX bodies! My love from the first sight. Enjoyed it for 2 years. Sold it recently to buy a second Nikon D610 body at a bargain. I'll definitely return to the X100* series in the future. My 2 cons. 1 -inconsistent AF at minimum focusing distance. That is the camera beeps that it obtained focus while I clearly see on the screen that it didn't and the results are out of focus. 2- manual focusing is unusable: no indication that you are sharp. Hope they'll introduce focus peaking in future models. 3. Weatherproofness for this price level as well as camera positioning for street photography is a must! 4. I can whine a bit and ask a tilted touch screen, usb charging and a mic port and this camera will become a perfect travel companion. 5. Ah, and moving the tripod screw aside from the battery door would be nice.
Nikon D700
Nikon D300S
Sony Alpha NEX-5
This was my first high quality portable digital camera which main purpose was to be in my backpack just in case. I bought it with the 16mm pancake. I used this kit extensively for 3 or so years and sold it after I laid my hands on the Fujifilm X100. I's unbelievable how 2 cameras announced the same year can be good but so different. Only one other comparison comes to my mind: "The Shrek" and "Spirited away". Where the former is like Sony, and Fuji the latter. The Sony was very good but conventional in every way. The Fuji, on the other hand, was unique in everything. It was a pleasure to operate, had great looks and made the best out of camera images I ever had. It was my love-from-the-first-sight camera! Poor Sony didn't have any chance.
Nikon D800
Nikon D800E
Nikon D610
Great camera that succeeded my D610. Half star minus rather high noise above ISO800. After 2.5 years and 40.000 shutter actuations the mirror mechanism got jammed. The local service center wanted $1000 to repair it so I decided sell it in that condition and move on to D800E.
I bought it used in great condition after my beloved D800 died. Today I own a also D810 and still the E is my first choice camera for anything. The half star negative: there is an inconsistency in focus acquisition at peripheral AF points in portrait orientation when shooting through the viewfinder. Update July 2021: After almost not using it for the last 2 years since I bought the Panasonic G90 I took it out for a ride I discovered that I don't enjoy big cameras anymore. Not to say its AF is sub par even with my mid-tier Panny. ///Update August 2021 - Sold. It feels like I betrayed a friend but I'll overcome it eventually. One way or the other SLR technology came to their end.
Excellent all around camera. Only one con for me - awful auto focusing at low light.
Nikon D810
Sony a7 II
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
This is a very good camera and a strong update to the D800. Whole star off for the same problem of inconsistency in focus acquisition at peripheral AF points in portrait orientation when shooting through the viewfinder as in D800/E. March, 2020: Sold it to finance the Panaleica Nocticron 42.5/1.2.
It could be a nice tool if not for bad button placement and worst ever menu. Got it in July 2018, sold in December. Bought it for tabletop photography with manual lenses. However, it's focus peaking is unreliable. Did I mention the disastrous menu? This is strange because on the NEX-5 the menu was actually not bad.
Very good lens for the price. In my opinion it is sharper and has better contrast that the 18-105 which is 3 times as expensive.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm F2.8G ED
A great lens with no optical-mechanical cons. However the quality of zoom and focusing rubber rings is disappointing as they started turning white and getting loose even from seldom (not daily) use. UPD: March 2016. I dropped it on a very unfortunate occasion and it was too expensive to repair it. Currently I don't have a mid-range lens. I still consider either to buy a new one, or a 35mm prime, or a Fujifilm X100*.
A great lens with no cons at all. Lightning fast AF and great sharpness from f/2.8. Very small and light and suitable for taking anywhere in addition to the main lens as portrait, macro and low light solution. Sold it to spare some cash for the 85mm PC-E. Shouldn't have done it. I'd like to buy one in the future but I am put off that they started making them in China and my copy was an older Japanese one. As of today I have more trust Japanese production and QA.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX
A great lens and for its price has no cons at all. Sold it after I bought the 70-200 2.8 beast
Even half a star is too much for this crap!
A great lens! Very sharp, good contrast, fast AF, handy manual focusing. Use it solely and with Kenko extension tubes. Pity it has no front filter thread for a CPL and ND filters. It's the only reason why once we shall go separate ways. UPD: October 2019, I enjoyed for 5 years or so and sold it to spare money for the 19mm pce.
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art
It's built like a tank and very comfortable to use but results are nothing to write home about. It's not sharp until 3.5 so I don't understand whats all the fuss about Zeiss lenses. I bought it new for $800 and couldn't sell it even for half the price when it still was on warranty. A well built waste of money. Jan 2022 Sold it! Finally!
For several years I used my beloved 70-200 2.8 for studio photography. However, 1.5m minimum focusing distance made me crop heavily for newborn/pet studio photography. Now this is my perfect studio lens. It's fast focusing, extremely compact and lightweight. Color rendition isn't as great as on Nikon 105/1.4 but neither is the price. Jun 5, 2020: due to moving to m43 I sold it to finance motorcycle driving lessons.
This one I got used but in a like new condition and at a very reasonable price. I generally don't favor third party lenses I considered to resell it at first. Then I tried it out, liked the results and ergonomics and decided to leave it as an all around lens for traveling abroad. Although it doesn't have weather sealing it withstood several rains and snowfalls. UPDate: September 2019. Sold it when after returning from a trip with 5000 images while pixel peeping I discovered that out of focused thin peripherals got a double vision with horrible purple fringing.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G ED
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH OIS
Bought it instead of the 24-70/2.8 that I dropped. This is my all around lens locally and the only one I take abroad. Although not specified as WR it withstands nicely both rain and snow. Still, I'll upgrade it to the 35/1.4G as soon as Nikon upgrades it to the standards of the 28/1.4E. Reason: the 28/1.4E has an enviable color rendition. Jun 5, 2020: due to moving to m43 I sold it to finance motorcycle driving lessons.
Mar 8, 20. Knowing next week I'll be sent home for indefinite time on an unpaid leave I wanted to shoot my kids with a portrait lens on my Panny G90. I liked it a lot a first: fast AF, sharp images, fantastic bokeh, IS, great build. But then I came across Roger Cicala's review of m43 lenses of 42.5-45mm range. He found out that this lens has rather high build tolerances. That is not all lenses are equally sharp. When sharp this is the sharpest lens of the whole bunch. When not, the Oly 45/1.2 is sharper. As soon as camera stores opened I went for a check and to my dismay found out that my copy wasn't at its best. They didn't have another copy so I compared it to the Oly. Of course we are talking about pixel peeping at 100%. My credo is either buy the best or don't whine about the low quality. When smth is more expensive you expect to get higher quality. But the Oly is cheaper, sharper, same AF speed and the lack of the IS isn't felt. So I switched the lenses and became a happy Oly 45/1.2 owner.
Other gear:
  • Kenko Extension Tube Set DG for Nikon F
  • Kenko Nikon F lens to Micro 4/3 camera adapter
  • Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG