jonathanj

jonathanj

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Joined on Oct 2, 2011

jonathanj's current gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 (Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II)
Sony a7R III
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
2016 - date. General backup camera and wife's camera for travel. Other than the limitations of the 16mp MFT sensor, no issues at all.
2018 - date. Sometimes unresponsive, the sensor is a dust magnet, and I wish the screen were fully articulated rather than tilting. But I can't really give this camera any less than 5/5, delivers superb images in any conditions.
Preferred mid/wide prime for general use on MFT. Great with a GM5 because the aperture ring makes up for having only a single dial.
Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 ASPH Power OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS
Preferred short tele prime on MFT. Sharp and small/ light, with VR, a bargain at the price.
V2 - semi-replacement for the v1, which I also owned in parallel for a bit, this one is significantly lighter. This is the wife's lens for travel.
Good companion to the 12-32 in low light. Very compact. Susceptible to shutter shock on older MFT bodies.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Sony FE 28mm F2
Very nice lens for the size and price. Susceptible to shutter shock on older MFT bodies.
Great general purpose lens for the A7r3. Plenty sharp enough for 42mp.
No issues - great for the price. But doesn't stand out much either.
Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro
Zeiss Batis 25mm F2
Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF
Bought this purely to digitize old slides. Ideal for this purpose. Some might complain it's slow to focus.
This one gets poor reviews because of an issue with eye detect on CAF (which was fixed) and another on stopping down at short distances (which was mostly fixed). Neither affects my usage, I find this a great general purpose prime for day to day shooting and a travel companion to the 24-105. Extremely sharp and great IQ. But I deduct half a star because it's bigger and bulkier than it needs to be...
Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8
Hard to justify this over the newer Sony 85mm f1.8, that is smaller and cheaper. But this is an excellent lens that delivers great IQ, and I've been very happy with my copy.

jonathanj's previous gear

Casio Exilim EX-Z850
Minolta DiMAGE F200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 (Lumix DMC-TZ8)
2007-2009. Second digital camera. Surprisingly nice camera to use, but sensor problem forced replacement.
2003-2006. First digital camera, was still going strong 5 years later.
2010-2013. Third digital camera, replaced when I moved away from compacts. Given away.
Sigma dp1 Quattro
Canon EOS 300D (EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital)
Samsung NX10
2017-2018. Capable of excellent image quality in perfect conditions, strange ergonomics were awkward but tolerable. The deal breaker was the amount of processing time required on every image, particularly to get accurate colours.
2011. First (2nd hand) ILC, used while I worked out whether to go down the DLSR or MILC route. Chose MILC.
2011-2012. Excellent camera, first MILC, replaced because low light performance was not great. Given away.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
Nikon 1 V1
Samsung NX20
2013-2016. Girlfriend's camera, and used on holiday. Excellent camera with good controls and image quality for the price.
2013-2014 Love the Nikon 1 lenses, hate the cameras. Fast AF and decent IQ for the sensor size, but gave up this one when the controls finally drove me over the edge.
2012-2014. Great image quality, shame about the slow responsiveness and performance.
Samsung NX30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
2014-2017. Great camera, I was almost ready to upgrade to the NX1 when Samsung exited the market.....
2014 - 2019. Convenience / everyday camera & second camera for travel. No complaints - providing shutter speed is kept at 1/500 or below to avoid loss of DR because of electronic shutter. Please Panasonic produce an updated version!
2016 - 2020. Bought for a discount, mainly used for hiking / outdoors in bad conditions where I don't want to risk a newer camera getting damaged. Paired with a 14-140 (v1, this camera experienced shutter shock with the v2 and other lenses)
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS
Samsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4
V1. I took 50,000 photos with this lens, for travel and hiking / outdoors on the G7, which makes a good combination. But now there is a v3 out which is smaller, slightly faster, and water resistant, so no reason to buy this one.
"Normal" lens for NX cameras. Extremely sharp.
Nice lens, but got very little use as I didn't do much shooting at 50mm equiv. Minor complaint, but the lens hood is huge, ugly, and difficult to stow.
Samsung NX 16mm F2.4 Pancake
Samsung NX 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA
Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS
Wide lens for the NX cameras. Decent but not amazing.
Nice 90mm equivalent for general use, as well as being a macro lens.
Lens was OK, but image quality was not great for the size, weight, and price. Sold on eBay.
Samsung NX 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art
Great lens, unfortunately poor build quality around the lens mount. But I got 28,000 photos out of it before it broke, so I consider it money well spent.
Perfect general / travel lens for daylight use. Just no decent Nikon 1 camera to use with it. Shame on Nikon for not supplying a lens hood with it.
For Micro Four Thirds. A decent lens but not quite sure why I bought it, other than to complete the set of 19 / 30 / 60. Barely used.
Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN Art
Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art
Samsung 50-150mm F2.8 S
For Micro Four Thirds. Pretty sharp (the 30 and 60 are reckoned to be slightly sharper though). Got very little use after I bought the Panasonic 15 f1.7, which I find an easier focal length to work with.
Very sharp and quite light (but a little bulky). Quite long for general use though so I found myself not using it very often. Recommended if you like the focal length though.
2015-2017. Extremely good lens that I purchased about a month before Samsung exited the market. Sold on eBay.
Tamron 20mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1:2
Cheap and light, but very very high distortion, which, when corrected, meant the corners weren't great. Sold on eBay.