Lives in France Marseille, France
Works as a Retired International Trade Teacher
Joined on Mar 1, 2004
About me:

Minolta A2
Nikon D40
Nikon D90
Nikon V1
Nikon 18-200 VR
Nikon 35/1.8
Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS HSM
Nikon 18-140 AFS VR
Nikon P7100
Nikon P7800
Nikon D7100
Nikon 1 10-30 VR
Nikon 1 30-110 VR
Nikon 1 18.5 1.8
Nikon 1 6.7-13
Nikon FT1
Nikon D7200
Nikon 16-80 AFS VR
Nikon 70-300 AFP VR
Sigma 50-150 2.8 OS HSM

André BARELIER's current gear

Nikon Coolpix P7800
Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 V1
A superb compact. Full of features. Excellent image quality, thanks to an outstanding fast lens. My best travel camera. I love it. A bit slow if you don't use fast cards.
This is a very good camera. The sensor is excellent, as is the kit lens. It's very simple to use, thanks to the touch screen and the clever UI. Image quality is excellent, even in low light. After carefully reading the reviews, here and elsewhere, I found it to be the best among "1" sensored cameras, even if Sony and Canon users would disagree. I have a hard time using it with long FLs, due to the lack of a VF. But it's not a flaw. Many people are used to framing with the LCD. I'm a bit old fashioned.
Outstanding AF (in good light), but strange interface, very good image quality, excellent metering, battery life, but no onboard flash, only a dedicated flash with no standard hot shoe, a bit noisy at high iso (and even at low iso). Image review in the EVF cannot be disabled. Could be easily fixed by firmware, but Nikon doesn't care at all about that. Sold it, but my daughter gave me hers, that she didn't use anymore. I'm happy she did.
Nikon D3300
Nikon D7200
Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8
Superb sensor. All the basics are here, and easily rechable and adjustable. The AF points are very small, but image quality is excellent, and the camera + kit lens is very light for travel, for those who want great image quality and an OVF.
Superb camera. Does all I need. It's the first time that I don't feel the need to "upgrade". I'll keep it for some years, unless something really outstanding in low light comes. I use it for concerts pictures, with the Sigma 50-150 2.8 OS HSM. A wonderful combo.
Excellent fast lens, very sharp, cheap, and weights nothing. I sold it when I was thinking of selling all my nikon 1 gear, but bought another one when I finally decided to keep my Nikon 1 cameras (V1 and J5)
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
An excellent lens. Very sharp at all focal lengths. Very convenient when travelling. VR works very well. Some fellows reported problems with the diaphragm. Mine works fine. Fingers crossed! Coupled with the 6.7-13, I can face any situations when travelling.
A very underrated lens. It seems there is some sample variations for this lens. Mine was very good. Sold it with my first V1.
Optically, this lens is a gem. Very sharp, VR is impressive, and it's so small and light! BUT : it stopped working for no reason, and it's not worth to be fixed. That's the reason for the 3 stars
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR
A stellar lens. Could be a bit faster. When travelling, I use it 99% of the time coupled with the J5. A fantastic combo.
This lens is all plastic, but it's VERY sharp, and AF is VERY fast. The lens is also very light. Add a D3300 ,+ 18-55 VR, and you have a very light high quality combo for travel. The only negative is that the lens is slow (6.3 at 300 mm), but with the modern sensors we use nowadays, it's not an issue for everyday use. I have the VR version. I can't understand why one would buy the non VR version.
Just bought this lens new at a bargain price. Superb image quality. VERY sharp. Extremely useful range, which covers 90% of my needs. VR is very effective, but AF is not as fast as AFP lenses, though.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM
All plastic, but very good lens, with very effective VR. Nikon has always made very good kit lenses. This one is perfect for travel : very light and very sharp.
This is the best lens I've ever used. Outstanding image quality, buit like a tank, with very effective OS. It is big and heavy, but fantastic. OS didn't work with the D7200. I sent it to Sigma, and they updated the firmware (for free, of course): works perfectly. I used it for concerts, but sold it now that I don't do concert photos anymore.
Other gear:
  • Nikon FT1

André BARELIER's wish list

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Other gear:
  • A V4/5 with an integrated EVF

André BARELIER's previous gear

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2
Canon PowerShot G11
Nikon Coolpix P7100
A fantastic camera at this time (2004). A full featured professional bridge. But it was very expansive, and it has been ruined by the launch of the Canon 300 (I think it was the 1st Canon DSLR), which was cheaper, less featured, but with better image quality.
Excellent image quality. Very good lens. But poor OVF (almost unusable).
Excellent image quality. Superb lens. But poor OVF.
Nikon D40
Nikon D90
Nikon D7100
My first DSLR (I'm a long time Nikon user). A very good camera, with very good image quality at this time. Well built. I loved mine.
A very good DSLR. My first "serious", after the D40. I loved it, but sold it when I decided to travel light, and bought a V1.
Superb camera, with all the settings reachable very easily, wthout going to the menus. Great image quality, even in jpeg (which I'm starting to use now, thanks to the very good jpeg engine). A superbly designed camera. The only flaw: buffer is too small
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD
This is a very good lens, very light, and cheap. Works fine on the D7100 AF after fine tuning. Doesn't work very well on the V1 + FT1, but I think it's not the lens fault.
I had the 1st version (VR I). A very good all purpose lens. Can do everything. Results are very good, not stellar, but you don't expect stellar results from a 11x lens, do you?
Just sold this lens. Replaced it with the Nikon 70-300 AFP, which is sharper, with much faster AF, but a bit slow at the long end (F/6.3). the Tamron is well built. VC is amazing. Image quality is excellent. I was very pleased with it. Of course, it's not a 2.8 lens, but for the price, it's really worth it.
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR
I've had 2 samples of this lens. The 1st was very good. I gave it to a friend, much better photographer than me, but with no income to buy good stuff. I bought a 2nd one, to pair with my D7200, but I could not get good results at both sides of the lens (17mm and 50mm), even after AFFT. Sold it, and bought the 17-70 contemporary.
Excellent lens. I chose it over the Nikon 16-80, because it's much more affordable (400 EUR vs 1000 EUR), and image quality is excellent. I bought the usb dock to fine tune AF, which can be done for 4 FL, at 4 different distances. A bargain. I sold it, and replaced it with the 16-80 Nikon, which I could buy at a bargain price.
Very good all purpose lens (27-210 equiv.). Very sharp in the center. Some softness in the corners, but nothing really bad. VR is very effective. Well done Nikon.