Lives in Austria Vienna, Austria
Works as a Photojournalism (freelance)
Joined on Jul 9, 2004
About me:

Fortunately i don´t need to accept asignments which don´t fall into my field of interest (sports & action of all kinds and travel). So i shoot everything that attracts my attention.

Virgil's current gear

Olympus Stylus 1
Nikon D3S
Nikon D3X
Much better than my Fuji X20 in every aspect. Especially working with a EVF similar to the one of the OM-D E-M1 is great (as is constant f/2.8 etc.). Batterylife is great and even tracking AF works. To me the best offer in the bridge / take anywhere/anytime camera offerings
The D2Hs made FF and much better - the perfect tool for me for everything low-light / high-iso.
The D2Xs made FF and much better - the perfect tool for me when i need high-res results in good light.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Special purpose lense for tight spaces - hasn´t seen much shooting.
Has it´s issues in regards to perfect sharpness - still love this lens for what it can do.
my "always-on"-lens - swapping lenses all the time can be cumbersome - but the results this lens can provide make the burden worth it.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II
Still love this prime which i own since my early days in photography. Shot it on all bodies I ever owned and it had never let me down - stunning little gem :-)
still great in it´s range - and my other "Always-on"-lens when i travel
good on DX - less so of FX - maybe I´ll sell it someday

Virgil's wish list

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Other gear:
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150 1:2.8 PRO

Virgil's previous gear

Samsung NV11
Fujifilm X10
Fujifilm X20
My very first "serious" compact - shot some great keepers with it and even today enjoy it´s output
PROs - best compact i worked with up to date - very capable, even in low light / high iso situations CONs: VF was useless, handling not to good - menues need real improvement
PROs - VF insert improves handling CONs - too heavy NR, smearing of fine details, output of X10 was much better (even at high ISOs), handling not to good - menues still need real improvement
Nikon D40X
Nikon D70
Nikon D2H
PROs better output than D2X CONs lousy and slow AF
My first DSLR which (only cos of that) has naturally no deficits at all :-)
PROs: simply a perfect pro body of his time CONs: wished it would have had 6MP
Nikon D2Hs
Nikon D2X
Nikon D300
PROs: the perfect pro body of his time version 2 with better high ISO performance CONs: wished it would have had 6MP
PROs: i shot some of my best shots with this camera - enough said i think CONs: beyond ISO 800 pictures barely usable, kind of strange focus behavior (focus points bigger than shown in VF)
Good camera, handling much improved with BG but not the tool i hoped for. Maybe this feeling was influenced by the D2´s i was used to work with.
Olympus PEN E-P1
Nikon D7000
Olympus OM-D E-M1
PROs: liked the results and the way noise looked like CONs: AF-performance was lousy (don´t mention all the lenses i had with this body from pancake to zooms and macro)
Good camera, handling much improved with BG but not the tool i hoped for due to this newish look Nikon introduced with this model which doesn´t work for my eyes.
Impressive little camera and definately the first to be used with battery-grip which didn´t feel like it was never meant to be used in connect with the E-M1. I could have got used to it BUT battery life was the deal-breaker and the reason why i sold it.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D
Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 (IF) DX
In my DX-times this was one of the holy Trinity lenses - captured great shots with it but 55mm was always far too short at times.
bought it cos i thought i will shoot loads of portraiture work - didn´t do it - sold it.
As Nikon´s offering was only much more expensive but didn´t deliver better the Tokina covered the ww-range (and did perfectly so!)
Tokina AT-X Pro 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Tokina AT-X 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
bought it cos i thought i will shoot loads of macro work - read lots of macro and found that i don´t want to invest the kind of money serious macro-shooters do - sold it.
one of the worse lenses I´ve every used.
Definately the best in optics i ever had the pleasure to shoot (even my holy trinity isn´t that good in my books) - however, as the E-M1 had to go, the lens had to go too.
Other gear:
  • Nikkor 45 mm F2.8 AI-P "Pancake"