Skyler King

Skyler King

Lives in Taiwan Taichung, Taiwan
Joined on Nov 28, 2017

Skyler King's current gear

Samsung EX2F
Nikon D3S
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR
Other gear:
  • Auto-Takumar 35mm f3.5
  • Mamiya Sekor 55mm f1.4

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Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX
Sigma sd Quattro H

Skyler King's previous gear

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Fujifilm X10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Great camera, overall. It was one of the first "real" cameras I had ever purchased. I bought it used and paid very little for it, as Fujifilm was not a desirable brand, at the time, and nobody wanted it. Being new to photography, I shot in JPEG only and frequently missed focus. However, any problems I had were due to user error. The camera was great.
I loved almost everything about this camera. I could not possibly say enough good things about it. The ONLY downside was the smaller sensor and the inherent limitations of such. The video was also terrible, but I never used it for video, so I was not bothered by this.
The image quality was just "okay". Not very enjoyable to use, but not totally awful. Not at all reliable, though. I didn't have the camera very long before the common "lens error" occurred, which prevented the lens from extending when the camera was turned on.
Nikon Coolpix A
Ricoh GR
Canon PowerShot G7 X
One of the worst cameras I have ever owned. I will never own it, again. Not even for free.
I owned the Ricoh GRii, before this, and actually wasn't too crazy about it. However, despite all odds, I LOVED the GR. My biggest regret is having sold it. However, beware, editing the raw files has a bit of a learning curve. Once I figured out the best way to tweak them, though, I was just blown away with what I could do with this camera.
I absolutely loved this camera. Amazingly crisp video despite only being 1080. Beautiful colors out of camera. Easy and intuitive to use. I wish I wouldn't have sold it.
Ricoh GR II
Canon EOS 50D
Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2)
I am one of the few people who did NOT like this camera. It was very difficult to get sharp images, the low light performance was awful, it was laggy, the autofocus was slow (even single point spot), etc.
Wonderful ergonomics and user interface. Physically, I really enjoyed everything about using this camera. When used in good light, the images were also great. However, the image quality degraded incredibly quickly when the ISO raised, at all. I actually made the decision to never shoot above 800iso, and to keep it below 400iso when possible.
My first DSLR ever. No frills, no real features. But it made beautiful images, even with a cheap little nifty fifty. I still look back on some of the shots I got, with this camera, and feel like it was a very capable camera.
Sony Alpha NEX-5
Sony SLT-A55
Pentax K-5
Good sensor inside a turd of a camera. I really tried hard to like this camera. In the end, I could not. Good images are possible, but the camera wrapped around that sensor does not make it easy.
It is easy to see why people started buying Sony, with cameras like this. It was a bit corky, but it was packed full of features (for the time) and seemed to do everything pretty well.
One of the best cameras I have ever owned. Seriously. This camera made me realize, very quickly, why Pentax shooters are so defensive of the brand. I cannot say enough good things about this camera. Amazing image quality, phenomenal dynamic range. Great in low light. And using legacy glass with it was a thing of beauty. I would absolutely own this camera again... and again... and again.
Nikon 1 J1
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Nikon D800
I know that the Nikon 1 series gets laughed at, a lot. I only bought this camera because it was insanely cheap (nobody wanted it). I was actually pleasantly surprised by how well it performed. I mean, the image quality was very good considering the small sensor size, and I still had the benefits of being able to change lenses. However, the ergonomics were unsurprisingly bad, the interface was lacking, and the lens availability was awful.
One of my favorite cameras, ever. I don't even know where to begin with all the things I loved about this camera. I loved the ergonomics, I loved the image quality, I loved the styling, I just loved everything about this camera.
Great camera. I was surprised that it didn't do better in low light, considering how highly people speak of it (in that regard) and the great score on DXOmark (I know, I know, DXOmark...).
Canon EOS 70D
Sony a7
Fujifilm X-T1
Absolutely, by far, the WORST camera I have ever owned. I am not going to start ranting on every single issue I had or all of the problems with it, but I will strongly recommend against owning it. This camera, alone, convinced me to NEVER buy Sony mirrorless, ever again.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
Fujifilm X-H1
My favorite camera, ever. Seriously. I have owned a lot of cameras, and I have "loved" very few. But, I think I have come to the conclusion that no other camera was, overall, as great as this one. I love Canon colors, I love Fuji colors, but I think the colors from this Olympus take the top spot. The image stabilization was simply jaw dropping. The physical controls were nearly perfect. The viewfinder was large, bright, crips, and didn't lag. It had so many hidden options and features that I NEVER felt like I was able to truly use this camera to its full potential. I never cared to own Olympus, before. I bought this camera on a whim. It, alone, has now convinced me that an Olympus may be one of the best overall, most well rounded cameras you can own.
I bought it for video, but ended up using it more for photos. Surprisingly, I felt the video quality wasn't quite as good as everyone says it is. While, ironically, the photo quality was actually better than I expected. I remember it feeling very fragile and "plastic-y" in the hand, but it never broke.
Fujifilm X-T30
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6
Shockingly good performance. I am not saying that it is a "top performer". There are definitely better lenses. However, most people seem to constantly talk about how soft this lens is, or the distortion, or the vignetting, etc. I didn't think any of these things were very pronounced or noticeable, though.
Great lens, overall. Small, light, easy to use, great image quality (especially considering the budget price). I just wish it was faster.
Nikon AF-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
This lens lived on my camera 98% of the time. I just could not get over how great it was. Seriously, just buy it. You absolutely will not regret it.
Fujifilm XF 18mm F2 R
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R
Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR
7artisans 12mm F2.8