Lives in Germany Wiesbaden / Hessen, Germany
Works as a Manager
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Joined on Jan 3, 2009
About me:

It's the lenses that make the difference and not the cameras (as long as they are better then the sensor)

joger's current gear

Sony a7R III
Sony a7R IV
Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art
It was the best camera until we got the 60 MPixel Sensor in an A7 body.
Amazing details and color saturation - especially with PixelShift. Unparalleled by any other MILC at this point in time. Highly recommended as all-round camera - converted lossless compressed DNGs are at some 53..63 MB
one of the sharpest ever built AF lenses and it's a 1:1 macro - easily beating the Sony 90 macro
Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
Better than most primes in its focal range and relatively compact and light. Nevertheless a zoom - which is dislike
potentially the best event and portraiture lens ever built and super fast in AF - latest FW update brings ultimate speed in low light in this class
Surprisingly sharp and good contrast lens and comparable lightweight and compact. Best use with monopod
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA
Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar
Simply one of the best ever built 85 mm primes and surely the best option for portraiture in the Sony eco-system
Outstanding optical performance. Easily one of the best ever fast 50 mm primes. Best aperture is probably f/1.6 with smooth bokeh and ultra sharp results corner to corner
The Heliar III in Sony FE mount is a stunning example of modern plus traditional design. Light, sharp and affordable - thumbs up for Voigtländer!
Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8
Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Unparalleled in size, weight and optical performance. Maybe the best travel wide angle lens at this point in time - AF is not needed for this kind of lens.
A bit underwhelming at this point in time. Nevertheless mechanically a marvel
11 PRO 512 GB The UWA lens is what's been missing and a nice addition to the smartphone. Weight and size are on the upper limit of my liking.
Other gear:
  • HP DesignJet Z3200 Photo 12 Ink Gicleé FineArt 24 inch (=620 mm) printer with large gamut
  • iMac PRO 10C V64 display, noise level and speed are phenomenal

joger's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Sony 20mm F1.8G
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM
Other gear:
  • Sony FE 14 F2.8 GM
  • Sony FE 180 F4.0 GM macro
  • Sony FE 35 F1.2 GM
  • Sony FE 500 F5.6 GM differential optics

joger's previous gear

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 5DS R
Sony a7R II
Trusty workhorse. By today’s standards o.k.ish but unparalleled when it was released. Sony‘s first A7 beat it easily.
an overdue camera Canon should have made half a decade earlier. At base ISO a very solid performer!
good - but not good enough for my taste - the A7R III and A7R IV easily top this camera by a good deal. Nonetheless the first camera in the Sony system that convinced me
Nikon Z7
Nikon Z6
Canon EOS RP
Canon EF 135mm F2L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
maybe the most attractive lens in the Canon L primes portfolio
Did not like the push pull design and most of all the image quality above 250-300 mm is sub prime compare to other offerings n the market (price independent)
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Sigma 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Leica APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4 ASPH
maybe the best 300 mm tele on this globe but too heavy for my taste on the long run
slow aperture, quite heavy and not much grain over the 70-200 f/4.0 in reach - a classic loose - loose situation
Almost flawless travel lens. Light, compact and optically outstanding. Only weakness is the flare susceptibility. Highly recommended in case MFing is possible.
Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS USM
Voigtlander 35mm F1.2 Nokton
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
collected dust after I got the 135 L
extremely soft wide open and at close distances - not my style of photography
Canon Extender EF 2x III
Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS
Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8
Samyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC / Rokinon 135mm F2.0 ED UMC
the cropped GM 135 on the A7R IV beats this lens
Loxia 21 is clearly better and smaller
optically o.k.ishbut mechanically an ugly piece of lens
Tokina Firin 20mm F2 FE MF
Zeiss Loxia 85mm F2.4
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
Not as good as the Loxia 21 but larger and heavier.
mechanically a masterpiece but speed and weight and optics are best case mediocre
not long enough for my taste and with 1.4x converter too soft in the corners and across the frame weaker than the G 200..600
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE / Rokinon AF 35mm F1.4 FE
Highly overrated lens especially compared to the G 12-24 - which is better at the overlapping range at f/5.6..f/7.1
O.k. Performance and excels nowhere except zoomability - which can be avoided with zooming by feet or choosing the right focal length in advance
unreliable AF and susceptibility to flare and harsh light - a very expensive lens for the money you have to pay for it
Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM
Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD
Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM
collected dust after I got the 135 L
larger than the GM 135 and almost as heavy - only a lens for on location and not for my lean travel style - kind of a bulkier and slightly better G 12..24 but less travel friendly
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone SE
weight and size are unparalleled. Unfortunately the phone is dated and I had to buy the 11 PRO as the smallest possible option.
Apple iPad Mini
Apple iPad Air 2
Other gear:
  • Plaubel Peco Profia 5x7" (13x17 cm negative format) optical bench
  • Voigtländer 40 f/1.2 Nokton FE