Lives in Chicago
Works as a electrical engineer
Joined on Jan 23, 2012

Smaug01's current gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)
Pentax MX-1
My powerful, do-it-all camera. If I could have only one camera/lens, this would be it. It is simply OUTSTANDING.
My daughter's camera. Truly pocket-sized and shaped. A great beach camera and alternative to toy-grade kid-focused digital cameras. The lens doesn't protrude at all, so despite the 1/2.5" sensor, I recommend this camera, because it is a TRUE pocket camera worth carrying.
I used this almost exclusively for 3 years. Still love the solid construction and sharp, fast lens. I've held onto this one because I'm always amazed at the image quality it produces from a 1/1.7" sensor. Its results are better than those from a 1" sensored camera with compromised lens design. (to accommodate the larger sensor)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
Olympus 9mm F8 Fish-Eye Body Cap Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
This camera is capable of "serious" results, with its µ4/3 sensor, but can also be super-compact, if I just take the collapsible kit lens. I love that it looks like my grandpa's old OM1n.
Super fun, and optically better than you would think for a lens this small and thin. It has a built in lens cap and you only really need the one focus setting. (hyperfocal) It makes a perfect compliment to the 14-42 kit lens on the wide end, and is of course really easy to carry around to have at the ready.
Really nice quality. Optically, it's impossibly good for how small it collapses down. It's motorized, which isn't for everyone. There's no more versatile lens in such a small package in the µ4/3 system.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4-5.6 R
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH
Awesome lens. Sharp, compact and light. It's smaller than I thought it would be.
My low light lens. -1/2 star because it's slow to focus, but it's not really a sports/action lens, so that's not a problem for me. Optically and build-wise, it's top-class.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS
Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT / Rokinon 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT
Not that sharp. I don't think it's quite as sharp as the Olympus f/8 body cap fisheye.
Other gear:
  • Olympus OM Zuiko 135 mm f/3.5
  • Olympus OM Zuiko 28 mm f/3.5
  • Olympus OM Zuiko 300 mm f/4.5
  • Olympus OM Zuiko 50 mm f/1.8
  • Olympus OM1N
  • Rollei 35
  • Rollei B 35
  • SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2
  • Yashica Electro 35 CC
  • Yashica Electro 35 GS

Smaug01's wish list

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Ricoh GR III
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8
Olympus PEN E-PL9

Smaug01's previous gear

Canon PowerShot S90
Olympus XZ-1
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Very nice implementation, but the compromise lens design killed it for me. It stretches the image at the corners to get full coverage at full wide angles, and we can see it if there are people near the edge. Unacceptable compromise.
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Pentax K100D
Pentax Q10
A great high-end pocket camera. The lens is a bit slow, but it has a 1" sensor, which makes up for it. Use bracings in your surroundings and you'll love it. Carry a pocket tripod. Free yourself from the bulky gear.
If 6 MP is enough for you, this is the camera to get. It uses regular AAs, shoots RAW and takes Pentax's great optics, so it's future-proof. The JPGs are nice, too. The kit lenses from this period were the best on the market, with full glass optics and steel lens mounts.
Nikon D610
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
This was a GREAT camera, my attempt at getting back into full frame. I'm not a pro sports photog, so I didn't miss extra focus sensors of the higher end models. I had some killer optics for it, but was just not dedicated enough to carry it around.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Pentax 01 Standard Prime
If you're a Nikon shooter looking for a "walk-around lens" this is the one. It's fast enough, optically great quality, and not a ridiculous amount of zoom to hamstring the optical quality.
Sharp, fast, affordable. For me, it was just not a commonly-used focal length.
Compact, fast, sharp, and affordable. 39 eq. on a Q7 or Q-S1. Getting rare though...
Pentax 03 Fish-Eye
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR
Affordable fisheye. Cons are that it is manual focus, which is hard to do on a Q.
Great lens, I sold it in favor of the 24-120/4, which seems about 50% bigger and heavier, but the extra telephoto is very nice to have, and there seems to be no penalty anywhere else.
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G ED