GeoffNZ

Joined on Apr 21, 2017

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On article The gear that got away: reader responses (240 comments in total)

My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic - loved it. This was followed by a Kodak Tele-Instamatic - loved it. This was followed by a Nikon FE - loved it. This was followed by a Nikon 601 - loved it. Then I had some rather nasty unpleasant early digital things (loathed them) and then a Sony a900 - adored it. This is the one that got away - I regret exchanging it for later Sony models. I have ditched Sony completely. I have a cherished Nikon D3x - and I adore it. It is wonderful in its heft and also reminds me in some ways of the Sony a900. The Nikon D3x is a wonderful camera - even in 2020 - as long as you dont want to do video. I dont think I will ever part with it.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2020 at 03:53 UTC as 22nd comment

Last summer I was on a trip in the Russian arctic circle which gave an opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts to photograph some wonderful creatures, mainly birds. There were 40 amateur and 4 pro photographers on the trip. The gender balance (for what it is worth) was about 60% male, 40% female. The nationalities were primarily German, UK, Scandinavian, Taiwanese, Japanese, Chinese and Aussie. I think there may have been a couple of people from USA. Two thirds of the photographers had Nikon FF, one third Canon FF. There was only person using a Sony. About half the group had two FF bodies and three people had three bodies. The Nikon group had a mix of of D500, D850 and D5. One couple had D850, D500 and the Z6. They rarely used the Z6 as they didn't 'trust' it in the conditions. I'm fairly sure the Z6 was the only mirrorless camera apart from the Sony. The 4 pros all had D5s and D850s. The pros all said they would get a D6 in 2020 as soon as it was available - without hesitation.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2020 at 11:43 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies

I have just returned to DSLR - Nikon. I have been a Sony user since 2005. I have had many of their top end mirrorless models and high end lenses. In the last 6 months i have bought Nikon D500 and D850. I'm delighted with my decision. The weight and size is a noticeable but acceptable problem that I took into consideration. For the times I want something small and light I have one of the Sony RX100 line - which is fine with me. I don't shoot video at all and never will. If I did then I would probably have not returned to DSLR.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2019 at 17:33 UTC as 20th comment
On article Hands-on: What you need to know about the new Leica SL2 (525 comments in total)

I'm an amateur very keen and knowledgeable enthusiast; to me photography is mainly about the final image and how it looks - with all the context and and simplicity/complexity that it entails - and secondly it is about the sheer joy of using a nice piece of kit. Sometimes the kit is quick, easy and foolproof and sometimes it is slower and more thought is needed to create the image. When it comes to choosing which kit to use or buy - it is either a practical decision (the right kit for a special situation) or one for the mood you are in for that phase of your life. You can get great and memorable images with the cheapest and most basic camera on the market - and you can get the same with a Hasselblad medium format 100MP body costing the price of a new car. We are all individuals in our choices. Buy and use what you feel like for your needs (after some research) and don't worry what anyone else thinks. If it feels right - then it is right.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2019 at 08:47 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon developing D6 professional DSLR (1010 comments in total)

Can I offer an observation please?

I have just returned from a 12 day trip in the Arctic. There were about 40 'serious' photographers on the trip - a mix of professional and serious enthusiasts, from many nations and a spectrum of ages from about 30-60. The photography was landscape, wildlife and some macro for flowers. Many of them (about 15) had 3-4 bodies and top end, fast, fixed telephoto lenses.
I did a count and about 2/3 were Nikon users and 1/3 Canon. Only 1 had a Sony. The Nikon/Canons were all DSLRs. There were no Fuji or Pentax.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2019 at 20:12 UTC as 33rd comment | 52 replies
On article Leica Q2: What you need to know (370 comments in total)

I am a Leica owner and I like them
They are expensive but so are many other consumer commodities - and they can all be bought at different prices - from cars to clothes and from books to wine
You pay your money and take your choice
One man’s Leica is another man’s expensive car

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2019 at 06:54 UTC as 21st comment | 7 replies

I am a Leica and Sony fan. I have had several Leica Ms over the years; they are not perfect by any means - but - they are a huge amount of fun. Currently I have the Monochrom and the M-D 262 which has no screen on it - the dial on the back sets the ISO. I do not miss a screen. Leica Ms are not suitable for every situation - so I also use Sony - who also make great cameras that are also fun to use.

The Leicas are both terrific cameras and give great images - and yes I do miss some shots but so what if I do - that's life and I don't lose sleep over it.

Photography for most of us is a hobby and a fun thing to do and its not a matter of life and death.

Their new camera does not appeal to me - but I am not going to criticize Leica for making it.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 18:18 UTC as 36th comment

Hello. I have read a lot of the comments below. I am struggling to work out why it has been given the title 'photo of the week'. Is it the photographer's choice, DP's or from some other collection? It's OK as an example of photojournalism and its OK in terms of photo technique etc - but I don't think it is anything more than OK. Just my opinion

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 07:24 UTC as 55th comment

Having had 'simple point and shoot' cameras for my adult life I finally decided to step up and learn photography. I went Sony instead of the other traditional companies - based on the price deals at the time and confidence that they would evolve into a major player. Started with Sony 100 and kit lenses, then the 700 and then the 900 - my lenses got better too - Sony/Zeiss as I upgraded. I didnt really know what 'noise' meant in those days. I loved the 900 and didnt undertsand its limitations. I took it on a long trip around South America and Galapogos; the bird photos were wonderful and the shutter speed worked well with the ISO. The knobs and grip etc all took a bashing - as I didnt protect the body as it went in and out of my backpack. Off to Sony for a fix and it came back like new. It weighed a ton and heavier than a house - I loved it - a wonderful camera. I part exchanged it two years ago as I went into Sony mirroless bodies and Leica. Fond memories of a wonderful camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 08:04 UTC as 26th comment
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