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Joined on Nov 13, 2011

Wahrsager's current gear

Nikon D4S
Nikon D5
Nikon D500
I still use this body in 2022 - very solid machine, very reliable AF and commendable performance under difficult light - superb image quality.
Indispensable for use under difficult light such as night-time stadium scenes. Impressive AF is trustworthy and foolproof. Game-changing button customizability. Accurate colors and clean files into the ISO stratosphere.
The best, easiest to use and most satisfying camera I've ever owned. Button placement, customization, acceptable weight, essentially faultless AF and exceptional battery life make the D500 an incredibly desirable and reliable tool. It's always with me, always turned on ready to catch whatever unfolds on any occasion. Yes D5 and Z 6 files are nicer in poor light but the combination of stellar edge to edge AF, just right size, weight and battery endurance make this body my main squeeze.
Nikon D6
Nikon D7000
Nikon D800E
A solid and capable camera with a brilliant flash command center built in for infinite exploration with Nikon CLS. It's my first Nikon and I still use it.
Delivers extreme-quality files at base ISO with careful consideration of white balance and f-stop. Rich, smoothly-nuanced tones with inky blacks, especially in controlled-lighting. Kind of ridiculous dynamic range- why bother with HDR?
Nikon Z50
Nikon Z6
Sony a7 III
I love this little gem. Like the Z 6, it's a delight to use. Very simple navigation of sophisticated features via the plentiful and logically laid out buttons. Very pleasant tactile feedback and a grip that's, dare I say Nikon's best so far. Feather weight encourages more frequent use, particularly with the excellent kit lenses.
A beautifully-designed tool with a satisfyingly robust build. Comfortable, intuitive controls, mostly keen autofocus and stellar image quality slightly hobbled by difficultly maintaining composition when panning in "Hi Extended" burst. It's hard to state just how valuable the EVF is for "seeing in the dark." I like the Z 6 so much I bought another one to have other lenses on the ready. I think the Z 6 is underrated.
Grisly menu and ergonomics especially if you have tendon troubles. Nice jpegs with generally pleasant colors save for the pinkish-gray skin tones it renders. Middling EVF and surprisingly loud shutter. I don't enjoy using it despite its studly feature set and capabilities. I think the most impressive aspect about this camera is its excellent autofocus.
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF
Nikon AF Nikkor 135mm f/2D DC
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR
I went though a Micro (Macro) phase but admittedly bought this lens because it looked like an old military instrument - it sure is built like one. It's a fine tool, one that can create exceptional images as well. Sadly it can't play along with the focus-shift shooting on my new Z 6 but I'll still keep it as they don't make lenses like this anymore.
Produces beautiful "nostalgic feeling" images wide open with some caveats - namely the C/A that can occur in certain conditions. I find this lens extremely flattering for torso-up portraits of normal-weight people. Relatively easy to use manually on Z 6 with peaking engaged.
A bargain lens that hits above its weight optically - Just don't expect it to perform when your target is moving rapidly to and fro.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
Extremely versatile, light, easy to use with very effective VR. Produces sharp information across whole range. AF speed could be faster but the overall versatility and ease of use make this lens a must have for DX.
Hits above its weight in sharpness, VR effectiveness and overall image quality. Diminutive size, weight and low cost make it cheap enough to leave in the hotel room.
Very useful little lens. I think its best feature is its size. Optically it's okay in challenging light/ contrast situations. In good light at around f/5.6 is where it really shines. Slow focusing. Rugged despite being plasticky. I've dropped it a few times on concrete and it'll almost bounce off the ground back into your hand.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED
My 2nd most-used lens and I absolutely love it. Faultless performance with razor-sharp, beautiful results. Works particularly well with IBIS-equipped Z bodies. Hints of cheap in its build but optically superb.
A very special lens that delivers enduring quality with some minor caveats. Unique ghosting/flare can be creatively advantageous. Hefty and a bit unwieldy but a must have for when you need to dive in the middle of the action.
Almost perfect but I don't resort to it unless I'm shooting in the dark. It's a wide angle lens that beautifully renders defocused areas at wider apertures - a key feature of this lens. Particularly well-suited for dim, tight spaces with close subjects or razor-sharp landscapes. Bit of coma in corners with point light sources.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
Wow! It's sharp, not exactly light but very much hand-holdable for brief periods. Seems to render slightly more warmly than my 400, 600 "E-type" lenses. This lovely lens seems to have "soul."
Old faithful sharply delivers but expect HEAVY C/A in some high-contrast scenarios while wide-open. Extremely useful focal length on 35mm format for many everyday things and "storytelling" without being overly wide. Just enough drama. Too heavy to act as a pretend 50 on a D500 body in my opinion.
Versatile, short-term hand-holdable, optically stunning. It's likely my sharpest and favorite lens.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm F4E FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Makes beautifully appealing defocused areas for many scenarios - used at wider apertures it turns just about any background/foreground into a creamy dreamscape. Not razor sharp wide open, some C/A but not troubling. Overly priced and insultingly cheap plastic hood. Body light, easy to manage with satisfying manual focus feeling. Z bodies bring out the best in it in my opinion.
Very useful focal length for beach to surf type shooting and fast enough to use past sunset. Optically excellent. Very nice contrast, color and flare control for backlit imagery. Autofocus essentially instant. Some easily corrected vignetting wide open, heavy when TC-14E III attached albeit with negligible performance loss. Light enough to manage on long days with monopod and brief hand-holding. I do wish the HK-40 hood locking mechanism were more robust.
More or less a gem. Sharp, rich beautiful images. Super-solid and reliable. VR effective. The close-focus thing where it's not able to give you 200mm doesn't bother me in practice.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.4G
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Almost perfect. Shines particularly on a pro-body with less demanding resolution. Some defects wide open, but only when pixel-peeping. Elegant, expensive looking rendition of colors, bokeh. I don't know what it is, but there is something special about this lens in the way it renders color. Maybe it's just my imagination?
A game-changer in many scenarios I often find myself in. It makes my little D500 and 600 F/4E combo into a 21 megapixel 1260mm equivalent monster!! Impressive results and commendable performance with careful consideration of AF and shutter duration.
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
Clinically-delivers near-perfection in a compact, solid package. I appreciate it more now after relying on it for a season and familiarizing myself with the feature-packed 3-ring layout.
Hits above it's weight and humble specs would suggest. A real optical gem.
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.2 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S
Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR
I can’t come up with enough superlatives to describe how well this lens performs. It most certainly lives up to the hype.
Bitingly sharp, surprisingly effective VR, extremely clear and rich rendering of details.
Another Z mount gem, this time in fun size. A delight to use on Z 50 with truly impressive optical performance. The only let-down is the dramatic spread from f/3.5 to a dim f/6.3, but there are work-arounds: (A little patience, low-light AF, the very effective AF Assist beam, positioning AF point over a contrasty vertically-oriented edge). The hyper-effective Vibration Reduction and wide-normal angles of view make hand-held longish exposures a simple affair. Perfect for daylight use and dim-light with a little input by the user.
Nikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm F4.5-6.3 VR
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE 50mm F1.8
A featherweight champion that packs a punch - razor sharp description of the finest details - even in backlit conditions. Punchy color and surprisingly pleasant defocused areas makes this attainable gem a must buy.
Extremely useful range. Heavy. Crude zoom effort and heavy distortion. Despite this it makes very nice images even in difficult light when coupled with A7 III body.
Disconcertingly difficult to mount on A7 III. Very good results wide open with careful technique.

Wahrsager's wish list

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Nikkor Z 600mm F4 TC VR S
Nikon Nikkor Z 800mm F6.3 VR S
Nikon Nikkor Z 400mm F2.8 TC VR S
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon Z6 II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm F2.8E FL ED SR VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Other gear:
  • Nikon Z 9

Wahrsager's previous gear

Nikon D800
Nikon Df
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3-5-4.5G ED
She was a a good teacher this old clunker. Loud, ugly-sounding shutter delivered detail-rich, flexible files with considerate use of white balance and f-stop. A solid workhorse with some caveats. Very effective TTL/ flash results.
Some of the best-looking files up to 12,800 with middling AF and controls. LIGHT body and beautiful-sounding shutter. Feels like a Franken-camera as in you can sense that it's cobbled together with multiple, non-similar bodies. Cheapish feeling.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4G
Somehow, I never loved the best images I got from this lens. Sure, they were sharp, but they lacked "soul." They also seemed slightly desaturated. Is that possible? I don't know.. I don't miss it. Huge barrel distortion at 16mm. On a brighter note, the lens is light, easy to manage and has extremely effective VR.
A solid workhorse although I don't miss it. A great combo- a D800 with flash at f/5.6. That's where this lens shines.
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
An attainable, FAST-focussing and LIGHT workhorse. Extremely effective and comprehensive VR. Softish after ~220mm as the edges start to lose their edge and some C/A creeps in.