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 The route to reliable 8x12" photo printing. A lot less bother than an inkjet. Has travel case so can go into the field (with mains or inverted battery supply).
  • Lomography New Petzval 85 mm f/2.2 The intriguing but underused brass-bodied lens gives the characteristic Petzval swirly bokeh. Coupled with 'Bluvee' and NIR blocking filters on a full spectrum camera it can generate a convincing 'wet collodion' response.
  • Nikon L35AWAF Robust and waterproof 'wet film' AF compact. Notable lens. Sold my first commercial travel photos taken with this camera. The first example I owned was stolen in Spain (grrrr). Armed with the Nikon workshop manual I personally rebuilt my current example from 3 donor cameras.

englishfil's wish list

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Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH
Nikon Nikkor Z MC 50mm F2.8
Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD
Added Jul 11, 2022
If I can ever afford an M6 I need to afford this aswell.
Added Jun 10, 2021
Added Mar 12, 2021
I want this for some high res. 3d imaging research. Cannot say why!!
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Added Aug 10, 2016
A viable alternative when 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 Sep 3, 2015
If I had the 600/4 I would buy in a flash -IF.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm F4E FL ED VR
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.
Other gear:
  • Leica M6 (2022) Seeing value in carrying the film as a backup. Total mechanical operation (plus knowledge) is an absolute fallback. To be paired with the very best Leica lens for up to 60 MPixel scans. I mentioned UFO studies right?

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