Lives in United Kingdom Berkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Consultant and specialist photographer
Joined on Apr 18, 2012

englishfil's current gear

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3
Nikon D200
Nikon D800
Too light and crap ergonomics - so now lives in EXPENSIVE underwater housing; weight of housing smashed my elbow to bits in a fall in Greece.
First DSLR and rather good - up to ISO 640 that is. On permanent loan to my daughter.
I have two of these, one is a company model converted to full spectrum so effectively a D800E.
Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 AF 1.4x
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
The one Nikon should have made - and its very good, if a little slow to auto focus
Equivalent of £69 working in USA a few years ago - absolute bargain for Nikon's best kept secret; almost ZERO distortion. Starting to show wear so may just keep it for document photography.
My first Nikon SLR lens!! Developed the inevitable M-A switch problem - only weakpoint in an otherwise solid lens. Waiting for next gen 70-200 and then bidding a fond fairwell.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Was on my wish list for a while, but has now replaced the heavy and under-used 16-35 f/4. Once focus given the Reikan FoCal treatment - boy is this lens sharp! &77mm filters!!
Bought as a present for my D800. Huge, and hugely versatile, workhorse, but a little soft around the edges wide open. Not interested in the new one - because this one uses 77mm filters.
Company lens but currently for my exclusive use. Wow! Added RRS Collar and foot Uses 77mm fiters!!
Other gear:
  • DNP DS-80 Fotolusio Call yourselves photographers - this is a REAL photo printer
  • Lomography New Petzval 85 mm f/2.2

englishfil's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G
Added Oct 23, 2016
I have been waiting for this for a while. Logical successor to my venerable, but crippled, 80-200 2.8D. Still have to wait for the price to drop to sensible.
Added Sep 3, 2016
Another sharpness king. A nice complement to the Nikon 20/1.8 and a good walk around/aerial lens. Smaller than 77mm filter so I can work with that.
Added Aug 29, 2016
I am starting to get this sharpness thing. More affordable than some of the other lenses on my wishlist. &77 mm filters - yeh!
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Hasselblad X1D
Added Aug 10, 2016
A viable alternative to replacing the 80-200 2.8 if I have the money. Great for UFO studies.
Added Aug 10, 2016
Sharp as sharp can get ..and 77 mm filters. Price is quite attractive too, considering.
Added Jun 22, 2016
An almost affordable 'blad which actually has a USP - light weight DMF. Be a while, but one day.
Nikon D5
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II
Added Feb 27, 2016
Handled one, want one. Low light capabilities and wider AF coverage were the deciders. Build quality is as flagship as ever. Somebody want to commision an assignment so I can afford one?
Added Sep 3, 2015
If I had the 600/4 I would buy in a flash -IF.
Added Sep 3, 2015
Would like for my 80-400 to compliment Kenko, but with a little more reach.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm F4E FL ED VR
Fujifilm X100T
Added Sep 1, 2015
New model plus teleconverters makes more sense than 800/5.6. Handheld plus SR plus 2x TC and this makes a practical, portable 3000 mm equivalent against fixed installations.
Added Sep 11, 2014
I need something as an 'always with me' and this appeals - which shows tremendous forgiveness to Fujifilm for 3D W3 woes and a crap card reader that never properly worked with Mac OS.

englishfil's previous gear

Nikon D7000
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
Company camera converted to full spectrum capture by Spencer's. Handy for when equipment is at high risk (less insurance impact than D800) and coupled to 20 mm 2.8 makes good 'poor man's' Leica M.
Excellent travel companion for D200 and D7000. Rating based on use AS A TRAVEL LENS and assumed corrections in DXO Optics Pro. Nikon has better all rounders now.
Not bad for a kit lens but not a lens to aspire to own
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF
Just too heavy and too much overlap with 24-70 to get much use. Medical issues mean I have reluctantly let this go - I replaced it with the new 20mm f/1.8 - which has the same 77mm filter size.
Company lens bought for a scanning project. Adequate not exceptional performance on FX. Nice lens on DX but I don't have any DX cameras that I actually use anymore.
Optically quite good - much too much plastic to really love
Other gear:
  • Canon A1 Back in my 'Brand C' days
  • MC MTO-11CA 1000mm f/10 Maksutov Contrast a little low. Otherwise good value for money. DLA now too small for D800+.
  • Nikon F5 My first Nikon SLR - I preferred the handling to Canon EOS