Lives in France Paris, France
Joined on Jan 14, 2014
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FelixCatana's current gear

Sigma DP2 Merrill
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA
Nikon D750
I fell in love with the images from the fredmiranda DP2M forum. Got it for a steal: 400€. Renders fine details amazingly well. Colours are however hard to control for night shots. I bought the DP2M as a "just right" focal length but I sometimes long for the DP1M's wider FoV. I should get better at visualising panorama shots and picking lighting conditions where the X3F will shine. All in all it requires work to get the best results (and causes frustration because of the slow SPP software) but still offers a distinct look over Bayer technology. Out of convenience, for high volume shoots I go with my D750.
Moved on to this from the D5200. I wanted reliable AF as the D5200 needed calibration. Besides focus and depth of field I wasn't expecting a big improvement. I was wrong. It's a big step-up in every way: colors, clarity/sharpness are in a class above. Viewfinder and AF make photography fun again. I wanted the tilt screen as I do a lot of travel-tripod work. I also wanted the FF sensor for better subject isolation for event shooting. When I picked up a D5200 again and took a shot it felt like a cheap toy :)
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Cheapest, sharpest 300mm lens for Nikon FX
Recent purchase, got it as a travel lens to use instead of the heavy 24-70 f/2.8. Going to pair it with the Nikon 70-300 AF-P ED VR
Best lens I've ever used - also the heaviest - bought it used from someone that had serviced the zoom ring issue. Love the f/2.8 for subject separation, even at wide-angle, does close-ups very well and you never need to worry about AF. Great for portraits (environmental and even headshots), landscapes (24-70 range is great to balance foreground and background, sometimes UWA lenses make background elements too tiny). It's my confidence building lens for events - I feel ready for anything with this in hand!
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2
My bokeh-whore lens. Using it for shallow DOF full lenght portraits, head and shoulders, and other pictures that make amateurs say WOW!
Google Nexus 6P
So good I no longer feel the need for a Sony RX100
Other gear:
  • 1x 2m umbrella / 1x 85cm softbox with grid / 2x stripboxes with grids / 2 90 cm umbrellas / Magmod Professional Kit + Lens
  • 2 x Godox AD200 + AD-B2 head 400W of flash power!
  • 2 x Manfrotto 1052BAC lightstands Great lightweight but sturdy lightstands that stack up for easy transport
  • Cullmann magnesit copter cb2.7 My first carry everywhere tripod. Very sturdy for its size. A great feature is the portrait-orientable ball head.
  • Godox AD600 Pro
  • Godox V860II
  • Sirui T-005X The best travel tripod out there. It fits INSIDE my smallish backpack. I do however whish it had the center column easily retractable, like the MeFOTO RoadTrip. Right now it's screw-on/off. I bough it because my mini tripod was limiting me to ground-level shots or having to search for something to set it on.
  • Tenba Shootout 18L Best modular backpack out there. Love the quick access zipper

FelixCatana's wish list

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Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE / Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE
Sony a7 III
Nikon D850

FelixCatana's previous gear

Nikon D5200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 (Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II)
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Great overall camera but AF was miscalibrated on mine (backfocus). So I ended up shooting a lot in live-view which on a DSLR is worse than shooting with your phone. I didn't mind as I am mostly a landscaper and also love night shots so I use a tripod. But I was gradually asked to do event work and after one wedding with live-view I felt I could not take it anymore. Luckily in France Amazon has a Lemon-Warranty so they refunded me the full price on my initial purchase 3 years later! Used this money to buy the D750.
Surprisingly heavy. Ultimately replaced it with an RX100 VA for its pocketability and snappy focus. Will miss the excelent touchscreen implementation though.
For 30€ on top of body only prices, a good starter lens for the money. After owning this you will know if you want to go wider, longer, faster zoom lens or even faster with primes. VR is good for video.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD
Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC / Rokinon 14mm F2.8 IF ED UMC
I was looking for the cheapest, fastest, widest DX lens on the market and this was the only solution. It used to be my "travelhorse" lens, it went with me everywhere and spent the most time on my camera. However, I often wished it was wider.
For the price (I got it at 250€ after cashback) it is the best telephoto you can buy. Kind of big physically for D3XXX/D5XXX cameras. Feels better on the D750. 70-200 range very good stopped down 1 stop. Yes, it's not great at 300 but there is nothing better under 1500€. Canon has a better 70-300L but it too is 1200€. VC is amazing (although very not smooth for panning, it "twitches"). Focus considerably faster on the D750 than on the D5200 although not nearly as fast as the 24-70.
Bought 2 copies from Amazon. One was amazingly sharp everywhere except the far right side (decentered lens). The second copy was not noticably decentered but not as sharp as the first copy, especially at f/2.8. Returned both as 14mm only is too limiting and got the Nikon 18-35G for my wide angle and travel needs
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye / Rokinon 8mm F3.5 Fisheye
Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX II
Samsung Galaxy S II
The best fisheye you can buy! I often used it for landscapes and interiors and defished using Fisheye Hemi. However horizon placement is limited to the middle and this ultimately determined me to sell it. People distortions are better than with an ultra wide-angle lens.
The sharpest ultra wide-angle lens you can buy for crop. I though I would be more tolerant to its flare but this alone killed it for me. Even with the sun way out of the frame, flare is always present and even more so after clarity/dehaze adjustments. Solution would be to take 2 shots: a regular one and one with your hand inside the frame, shading the sun - then mask out the flare with the 2nd shot in Photoshop.
When I started travelling a lot I though it would be a shame to visit all these amazing places and not have better pictures as memories. Now limited to shooting pictures of timetables, receipts etc.