Phil Flash

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a Garbage Man
Joined on Jun 23, 2001
About me:

Equipment:
Two eyeballs (blue, sometimes need a little USM).

Canon 5d (image quality makes me forgive near-Kafkaesque ergos)
Canon 24-70 2.8 (almost too big and heavy, but super sharp)
Canon 35mm 1.4L (very nice, but 24-70 nearly as good)
Canon 50mm 1.8 MKII
Fotodiox pro Nikon --> EOS adapter (fun to use, but not for fast shots)
Canon 430EX flash
Minolta Autometer IIIf

THE BEST 35MM FILM CAMERAS EVER:
Nikon FM2 chrome (just enough dings that I'm fearless with it)
Nikon FM chrome and beautifully mint
Nikon FM black and beat up bad, but still working fine
Nikon 24mm 2.8 (pre AI)
Nikon 28mm 2.8AIS (focuses down to 3'!)
Nikon 35mm 2.0AIS (my old friend)
Nikon 45mm 2.8p (silver version, looks cool on chrome bodies)
Nikon 50mm 1.4 AI
Nikon 105mm 2.5 (pre AI)
Nikon 135mm 2.8 AIS
Nikon 20mm 2.8 AF (bought used for $200)
Tamron 80-210 3.8/4 adaptall mount (don't laugh, surprisingly not bad, only worth about $30 used, so I just keep it as a lightweight telezoom)

SMALLCAMS:
Oly 3030
Fuji F30
Olympus XA
Olympus XA4 (28mm lens)

MEDIUM FORMAT TRI-X EATERS:
Minolta Autocord (charming, but not for action)
Fuji GW690II (who knew a 6x9 could be lighter than a Nikon F5?)
Super Ricohflex 2 1/4 TLR (vintage 1950s)
Voitgtlander Vito (my father's old camera)
Zeiss Ikonta folding 6x9 camera (my late grandfather's camera)

DARKROOM
Beseler 23cII XL
Various enlarging lenses 50mm to 150mm and in between
Saunders 11x14 easel
Loads of Ilford paper

EQUIPMENT PREVIOUSLY OWNED
Sigma 30mm 1.4
* my favorite lens on DX. If you have a Nikon DSLR, failure to own this lens should be a photographic crime
Sigma 10-20mm 4/5.6
* Stunningly sharp 12-20mm, nice colors, funhouse mirror distortion 10-12mm
Nikon 80-200 2.8 push/pull AF oldie
* Very sharp, surprisingly decent focus speed, huge, too big to handhold below 1/250 sec
Nikon 85mm 1.8 AFD (if you take portraits, this is a must. makes me wonder how the 1.4 version could be any better)
Nikon 24 2.8 AFD (Acceptable, but I expected better in a prime)
Nikon 50mm 1.8 AFD (plastic fantastic! so light it's like not having a lens on the camera at all)
Nikon D100 (a very nice camera, but I always wished for a better viewfinder)
Nikon 24-85 AFS (sharp stopped down at F8, soft more open than that. Would have liked my D100 more if this hadn't been my only lens for the first year)
Nikon 70-210 f4/5.6 nonD (this lens was soft, but compact -- I fail to see the reason why it is a cult lens)

EQUIPMENT COVETED:
Canon 135mm F2L
Canon 85mm 1.8
Canon 17-40L
Sigma 12-24
Sigma 150mm 2.8 macro
Canon remote flash trigger

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Subject Forum Last post
Z 24-70 or wait for a Z24-105 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 2 hours ago
Zfc: Fastest way to toggle auto-ISO? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 week ago
Nikon 24-200 Z vs. Nikon 70-300 AF-P F Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 week ago
Z 24-70 2.8 vs. Z 70-200 2.8 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 week ago
Refurbished? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 weeks ago
Jared Polin's experience with production Z9 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 weeks ago
Z6 firmware help on OSX -- keep getting "no mountable file systems" Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 weeks ago
Anybody else think Z bodies might be too small? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 month ago
On the road with my Nikon Z 14-30 and Z6 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 month ago
Whats the catch with the Z6? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 month ago
Weirdo lens you wish existed? (Realistic) Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 2 months ago
What the Sony A7IV means for Nikon (mostly the Z6 and Z7)? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 2 months ago
> 1 year wait if you order the Z9 now Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 2 months ago
24-120 f/4 pre order Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 2 months ago
40mm f2 - Did Nikon design poorly for street use? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 months ago
Has anyone moved from Fuji XT3 to a Z6? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 months ago
My 40mm f2 has arrived Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 months ago
Z 35 1.8 or 40 2.0? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 months ago
What the 40mm f2 means for a street camera Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 months ago
Nikon Z 35mm (S) vs Z 40mm f/2 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 months ago
Anyone excited about an FTZ2? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 months ago
pre-order Z 40 mm f/2 open Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 months ago
What would take for you to go back to DSLR's Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 months ago
Between the XT3 and Zfc Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 months ago
Thom Hogan’s view on the state of the Z system Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 5 months ago
Just purchashed my Z6ii from Abe's Of Maine! Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 5 months ago
24-200 for professional use? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 6 months ago
Just bought a used GRIII even though I have too many cameras. Ricoh Talk 6 months ago
Will you get Z 105 MC? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 6 months ago
Jared Polin is not really a fan of the Z-AF Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 6 months ago
Z fc would benefit from split image simulator, perhaps in FW update? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 6 months ago
Upcoming Viltrox lenses for the new Nikon Zfc Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 6 months ago
I'd love a mirrorless "Df", what about you? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 7 months ago
Do you prefer the retro body DX or FX? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 7 months ago
Rumors of a Retro Style Nikon Z Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 7 months ago
Are you still happy with your Z6/7 (or do you need a Z6/7 II)? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 7 months ago
What were your reasons for getting a Z body? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 7 months ago
GR III Refurbished Ricoh Talk 8 months ago
Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Z6 and Z7 Third Edition Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 8 months ago
GRIII and GRII from Japan on Ebay seem really cheap; what's the catch? Ricoh Talk 8 months ago
Some Hollywood Blvd photos from 5/1/2021 Ricoh Talk 8 months ago
Spring in the mountains #2: Crocus-mania got me Ricoh Talk 8 months ago
Article on Fstoppers--DSLR owner shooting with a Z7 for the first time Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 8 months ago
24-200 vs 70-300 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 8 months ago
OK, you convinced me, I have a Z5 coming next week Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 8 months ago
Thom's reflection on Z flagship vs Z6/Z7 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 9 months ago
What do you think of used XE-3 as gateway to Fuji ILC system? Fujifilm X System / SLR Talk 9 months ago
Was I wrong switching to Fuji? Fujifilm X System / SLR Talk 9 months ago
only one street/travel camera xe4/x100v/f Fujifilm X System / SLR Talk 9 months ago
Z5 $1600 vs Z6 $2000 w 24-70 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 9 months ago