Joined on Feb 17, 2012

DtEW's current gear

Canon PowerShot G11
Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM
My first attempt at a "serious" camera. I greatly enjoyed this advanced P&S and took it on many adventures in an Otterbox. It's primary weakness was a minimal OVF.
I seriously do not know how Canon keeps pushing these boundaries. I had thought the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM had incomprehensibly-well-rendered corners for a UWA zoom... but *this* then comes along.
Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM
Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM
A period-appropriate walk-around to live on the EOS Elan 7NE.
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD
Bower-branded version. Assuming you get a good, centered copy, this is probably the most coma-free superfast 24mm (and thereabouts) out there at the moment for the purpose of astrophotography. YMMV.
Doesn't AF as confidently as an OEM lens, and more LoCA than I'd like... but it is an otherwise perfect walk-around prime with a great drawing style and good bokeh. The short MFD is the cherry on the sundae.
Canon Pixma Pro-10
Cheap prints once you get on Precision Colors' refills!
Other gear:
  • Acratech Ultimate GP ballhead
  • Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite
  • Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite
  • Canon EOS Elan 7NE
  • Canon imagePROGRAF 6100 24" printer
  • Contax Carl Zeiss Distagon 2,8/28 T*
  • Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 1,7/50 T*
  • FLM CB-32F II ballhead
  • FLM CP26-S4S tripod
  • Gitzo GT2540EX Explorer tripod
  • Manfrotto 410 Junior geared head
  • Manfrotto MT294C3 tripod

DtEW's wish list

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Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM
Canon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM Macro
Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM
Canon EOS R
Canon EOS RP
Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM
Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L

DtEW's previous gear

Canon PowerShot S100 (2000) (Digital IXUS)
Pentax Optio W10
Sony Alpha NEX-5N
My first digital camera. I found it very enjoyable and I had it with me and shot as much as I can (fit on its 8mb card) with it. It is obviously a relic these days, but I wish I had hung onto it.
Destroyed by water ingress (abusive use beyond norm).
A nice, non-enthusiast ILC. An impressively compact body paired with substantial, metal-wrapped lenses makes for a stylish package. Sensor performance is great (for its time). The option of a swivel EVF adds to the shooting capabilities. That said, the UI is distinctly aimed-at (and constrained-for!) casual users. This is entirely apart from its dearth of physical controls; it's just that the UI is designed so that you can't even do common things together, like bracket shots from a timer.
Canon EOS 6D
Sony a6000
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
A wonderful entry into the world of 135-format sensors. Many of my peers still use this body for the simple fact that it does most things well-enough without irritating flaws and peccadilloes, and works seamlessly with the entire world of Canon EF lenses and accessories. The most noticeable (relative) weakness is its paucity of PDAF points, which makes action capture and eye-focus harder to achieve than others with more.
Gave it to family.
Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
It's hard to fault a pancake lens for its optical flaws (i.e. it's not its intended forte), but I'll do that anyways for the fact that this lens has NO resolving power in the corners. This is not an exaggeration. It would have been much less disappointing had it been sold as a 19mm lens (for a 28mm 135-format equivalent). Alas, this was the only option (using front-of-lens adapters) for anything approaching UWA perspectives in the early days of the Sony E-mount.
A great lens that is often underrated due to its status as a kit lens, and overshadowed optically by other options within the Canon line. But it is a lens with a very high utility quotient, and you will find yourself shooting a good part of your work with it, esp. when the demands are unpredictable.
I acquired this used long after its obsolescence. It's an inexpensive lens with good reach, but I'm spoiled on better-built and optically-superior (read: L-grade) lenses.
Samyang 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical
Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Bower-branded version. It delivered the goods on an epic, once-in-a-lifetime shot. 'Nough said. Gave it to the significant other.
Ok package, good reach range. Middling optics. It's a useful lens to have, but not particularly impressive.
Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN
Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Gave it to family. A supremely sharp little lens with good rendering characteristics. Not a fan of its bokeh, though, which seems to demand more of your attention than it should.
Gave it to family.
A modest, yet brilliant lens for a pittance. The focal length is very useful, but the optical quality is thoroughly impressive. With newer bodies, the lens will self-retract upon power-off. The only thing that would make it better is if optical image stabilization could be shoehorned into it... but that's admittedly a lot to ask.
Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS
Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Gave it to family.
Sold simply because analysis in LR of usage over a year revealed that I did not use it much despite being in the range of FLs I use often. I think had this lens been 1) equipped with optical stabilization, 2) was lighter (at the sacrifice of aperture), and 3) paired with a short telephoto prime of 85-100mm... it would have been more useful to my application. Of course, what it really means is that I needed a different type of lens.
Tokina AT-X 17-35mm f/4 Pro FX
Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS
Canon EF 16-35mm F4L IS USM
Astigmatism in the corners that never really went away as you stopped down. Prone to purple flaring at high-contrast junctions. Optically, not my favorite lens. But built like a brick and a fan of Tokina's unique AF/MF switching method.
This is the UWA zoom I will recommend to anybody, as it strikes a very high sweet-spot on performance alone, even irrespective of price. That said, the 16-35mm zoom is my bread-and-butter lens, and I opted for the better EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III when it became available. It's not for everyone, but it's undoubtedly better, esp. tripodded at 50mpx. (Within the household we still keep a copy of the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, so the difference is still accessible.)
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art
This genre of lens benefits greatly from environmental resistance. Alas, this lens did not have this feature, so it was upgraded to a Tamron SP 150-600mm G2.
Tried to acquire one, but ended up with two consecutive bad copies. It is also a massive lens. Opted for a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, which aside from being an entire stop slower... is altogether a more-useful and impressive lens aside from some niche application I can't quite conceive right now.