duchamp

Lives in Israel Israel
Joined on May 6, 2009

duchamp's current gear

Nikon D800
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Great camera that succeeded my D610. I bought it almost new from an amateur photographer (not that I am a pro) that went mirrorles with a very low click count. Half star minus rather high noise above ISO800.
A great lens with no cons at all. Very sharp from f/1.8.
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 AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
Nikon PC-E Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX
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.
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. This one I successfully overcome by using a macro rail. If I had this info before ordering the lens I'd go for a Zeiss 135/2 Apo Sonnar instead.
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.

duchamp's wish list

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Nikon D500

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.
Nikon D700
Nikon D300S
Nikon D610
Excellent all around camera. Only one con for me - awful auto focusing at low light.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
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.
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. 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*.
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
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.
A great lens and for its price has no cons at all. Sold it after I bought the 70-200 2.8 beast
Other gear:
  • Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG