Lives in Chicago area
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)
Nikon D610
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
A great, affordable full frame DSLR that is compatible with my film era Nikkors
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.
I wanted a wide angle lens that would work with both my film era Nikons and the D610. This one is great, optically. Now that I have gotten the 24-120 f/4, this one isn't being used on the D610 any more.
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
My most-used prime. The 50 is very good, esp. for the money, but I find that 35 mm is a more useful all-around focal length.
I didn't go out SEEKING this lens, (I prefer a 35/2 for a fast general purpose prime) but when one showed up clean used on Facebook Marketplace for $50, I couldn't resist. I forgot how good it is.
I had it before, loved it and sold it when I sold my first D610. When I got another D610, I got another one of these too. It strikes the perfect balance between speed, (f/4 throughout its zoom range) sharpness and usefulness. It's notably better than most 28-200s, for example. I got mine used locally for $300.
Olympus 9mm F8 Fish-Eye Body Cap Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
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.
Compact, fast-focusing, high build quality and the handiest focal length for a general purpose prime. I sold my Panasonic 20/1.7 for this and don't regret it.
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 Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS
Perfect for scanning negatives and slides with the Nikon ES-2 Digitizing Set. Extremely sharp and well-corrected. Lightweight construction, but not cheaply-made. Could make a decent outdoor portrait lens (instead of a 25/1.8) if the background isn't too close) It's inexpensive for its performance due to being a bit slow. A great value.
Awesome lens. Sharp, compact and light. It's smaller than I thought it would be.
Really handy lens, and surprisingly sharp throughout its range.
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD
Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Great lens; sharp, contrasty; can use it even on oldish film cameras like the N80. IR takes a couple seconds to lock in.
Amazing, for a phone cam. Having the "telephoto" lens option (50 mm eq.) allows me to get close product photos without wide angle distortion of actually GETTING close to the product.
Other gear:
  • AF Nikkor 28-105 mm f/3.5-4.5D
  • Canon 35/2.8 for LTM
  • Canon EF 35-80 f/4-5.6
  • Canon P
  • Canon Rebel S
  • Kodak Retina IIIc
  • Konica Auto S2
  • Leica IIIc
  • Leitz Summitar 50/2 (LTM)
  • Micro-NIKKOR 55 mm f/3.5 AI
  • Nikon FE
  • Nikon N80
  • Nikon N90s
  • Nikon SB-25 bounce flash
  • Olympus 35 RC
  • 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
  • Olympus OM2N
  • Rollei 35
  • Tokina ATX-Pro 17 mm f/3.5 (for Nikon FX AF)
  • Vivitar 75-205 mm f/3.8 for Nikon AI-S
  • Yashica Electro 35 GS

Smaug01's wish list

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Tokina SZX Super Tele 400mm F8 Reflex MF
Nikon Z fc
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
Panasonic Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV
Olympus PEN E-PL10
Olympus Tough TG-6

Smaug01's previous gear

Canon PowerShot S90
Olympus XZ-1
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
'twas a good little camera. Better than the G9X II I replaced it with. I miss it and might replace it with the latest version at some point. (assuming they still make one)
The lens on this thing is STUPENDOUS. It's fast and has a useful range. Sharp everywhere, and with well-controlled distortion. The front of the camera is a bit slick; it needs a bit of skateboard tape. The creative modes are great.
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 decent high-end pocket camera. The lens is a bit slow, but it has a 1" sensor, which partly makes up for it. Use bracings in your surroundings and you'll love it. Carry a pocket tripod. Free yourself from the bulky gear. I sold this because the lens is not sharp, compared to that of my old XZ-1, and the larger sensor doesn't make up for it.
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.
This was maybe the most fun camera I've ever shot with. Tiny kit, but full control. Imagine a high-end point & shoot, but with great quality optics. I miss it sometimes and I'm sad that this era seems to have passed.
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G
The lens is good, but I found I didn't really like 20 mm. It's too wide to be all-around useful, and too narrow to be a true ultra-wide. I guess I prefer a full frame fisheye for ultra-wide, then a 24 or 35 for wide.
Fast and sharp, good for team sports at close or medium range, but not from up in the bleachers. Not long enough for wildlife, except maybe in the zoo. ;-)
Sharp, fast, affordable. For me, it was just not a commonly-used focal length.
Pentax 01 Standard Prime
Pentax 03 Fish-Eye
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Compact, fast, sharp, and affordable. 39 eq. on a Q7 or Q-S1. Getting rare though...
Affordable fisheye. Cons are that it is manual focus, which is hard to do on a Q.
REALLY useful focal length for either portraits for family snaphots. Very sharp lens, and not too big or heavy for its performance.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD
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.
VERY sharp and pretty compact. I sold it because I find I prefer 35 mm equivalent focal length and got the Olympus 17/1.8 instead. It's not as sharp, but it focuses 10X faster.
A good budget wildlife lens. Too bad it's a bit slow, as it's just at the start of the telephoto reach needed for birds. On the other hand, if it were faster, it would be heavier and more expensive, so I understand the compromise.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G ED
35 mm perfection. I sold my 50/1.8G when I got this. It's not as well-corrected for distortion as the old 35/2D, but it's sharper. Modern Nikon digital cameras correct for the distortion in their JPG engine, so it's not an issue. This is a bigger lens than the 35/2D. I prefer the D lens, these days, as I can use it in all modes in my film Nikons too.
It has a nice fast wide angle lens as normal, and a slower ultra-wide, which was very handy.