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)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
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.
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-correct. 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.
Other gear:
  • AF Nikkor 28-105 mm f/3.5-4.5D
  • AF Nikkor 75-300 f/4.5-5.6
  • Nikkor AI 105 mm f/2.5
  • Nikkor AI 35 mm f/2
  • Nikkor AI-S 50 mm f/1.8 pancake
  • Nikkormat FTN
  • Nikon FE2
  • Nikon N80
  • Nikon N90s
  • Nikon SB-25 bounce flash
  • 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 OM10
  • Olympus OM1N
  • Rollei 35
  • Tokina AT-X 28-85 mm f/3.5-4.5 for Nikon AI-S
  • 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 CC
  • Yashica Electro 35 GS

Smaug01's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Sony ZV-1
Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV
Olympus PEN E-PL10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
Olympus Tough TG-6

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 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 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.
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. ;-)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G
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.
REALLY useful focal length for either portraits for family snaphots. Very sharp lens, and not too big or heavy for its performance.
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.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G ED
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 beginner's 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.
35 mm perfection. I sold my 50/1.8G when I got this.