Lives in Germany Berlin, Germany
Joined on Dec 1, 2017

lokatz's current gear

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII
Canon EOS R5
Nikon Z7 II
Its small size is a blessing as it is very 'pocketable' and a curse because its control elements are rather fiddly. Yet, this small camera produces truly exceptional results and features more functions than most FF bodies.
ML at its best. If it were a Nikon, the R5 would be a worthy replacement to the D850, besting it in several areas.
The Z7 II closes some of the gap between the Z7 and the D850 from an AF performance perspective, but not enough of it. Nevertheless, a VERY good body I enjoy immensely.
Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR
A mite less sharp than Nikon's 500mm PF lens at the tele end, this lens makes up for it with its versatility: zoom range and minimum focusing distance make this tele lens a great all-rounder that delivers still-excellent results.
Excellent value: fast AF performance combined with good overall IQ. I'm very impressed with this lens, even on my Z7 II.
The 500 PF pushed out my trusted Nikon 200-500. Haven't been looking back much - this is a great lens and outstanding performer. Couldn't be happier with it - except that it isn't a zoom. ;-)
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 20mm F1.8 S
A fantastic lens even within the overall strong Z portfolio. With excellent resolution and IQ, this lens is another step up from the already impressive Z 14-30.
Amazing how good most of the Z lenses are. I've owned several UWAs over the years - this is easily the best, short of the Z 14-24 f/2.8!
Another winner in the Z lens portfolio. More than the bodies, the lenses make the Z system truly exceptional.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S
The initial reviews got it right: Nikon keeps releasing stellar performers with the Z lenses. This is the best "kit lens" I ever owned.
Yet one more stellar Z lens. This lens serves well for macro, portrait and a lot of other subjects, with great IQ and pleasing bokeh.
Other gear:
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
  • Affinity Photo
  • Aurora HDR 2018
  • Canon Extender RF 1.4x
  • DJI Mini 2
  • DxO PhotoLab 5
  • Excire Foto Wow! This piece of software shows how useful AI can be. It auto-tags photos and does so not flawlessly but with high accuracy and very fast. Great product!
  • FlexShooter Mini If you own a gimbal, or if you can't make up your mind between a ballhead and a gimbal, take a look at the FlexShooter Mini or Pro. These things look more like ballheads but actually do the job of ballhead AND gimbal just fine - at a much lighter weight than a gimbal!
  • FLM CP34-L5 II An absolutely amazing tripod. I realize we all tend to praise what we chose, but I have owned several (and still own a few) tripods I would not recommend. This one is excellent, though: rock solid, reasonably lightweight, yet probably the tallest tripod you ever saw.
  • Jobu Jr 3 Gimbal Head
  • Lowepro Flipside 200 AW II
  • Luminar 4
  • Manfrotto Pro Light Trolley Switch 55
  • Platypod Max
  • Rollei City Traveler
  • Tenba Shootout 24L This bag and the other two Tenbas I own made me a huge fan of their products. They are almost the posterchildren of sturdiness (mine have taken plenty of abuse and did not even moan), and the design and structure of these bags are well thought through.
  • Tenba Solstice 10L
  • ThinkTank Retrospective 4
  • ThinkTank Turnstyle 20L
  • Topaz DeNoise AI
  • Topaz Gigapixel AI
  • Topaz Sharpen AI

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Other gear:
  • Manfrotto Reloader Switch 55

lokatz's previous gear

Nikon Coolpix 995
Nikon Coolpix P600
Nikon D90
My first digital camera. 3 megapixels! Amazing resolution! ;-)
Bought it for a trip where I feared my more expensive gear could be stolen, and for its long FL. Never really happy with it. The image quality was significantly inferior, and aiming the viewfinder at a small bird was fiendishly difficult.
The body I've owned the longest of all. The D90 kept winning comparison tests four years after its introduction, and for a reason: it did what it did very well. Still wishing I'd kept it.
Nikon D100
Nikon D200
Nikon D700
Had this one before the D90 and found the latter much more satisfying. Not a day-and-night difference, but enough improvements to matter, even though technically, Nikon positioned the D90 in a class below the D200.
Never warmed up to the D700. Too bulky for what I prefer, and IMO the controls are needlessly different from most other Nikon bodies.
Nikon D5100
Nikon D7100
Nikon 1 V3
Another body I owned and used for quite some time. It was the one that displaced the D90, and I felt it was close enough to that one while offering enough improvement over it.
Nikon 1 J5
Nikon D500
Nikon D7500
Played around with the 1 series ML bodies for a while, but they were not for me. Good IQ and capable bodies overall, but the controls are too limited and fiddly for my taste.
The D850 beats it by a hair in many ways, but this is a VERY competent body for wildlife shooting, and its AF speed and FPS are extremely impressive in its price range.
In my view, the D7500 gets underrated by too many. It is ALMOST as capable as the D500, delivers great IQ, and is lightweight and affordable.
Nikon D850
Nikon Z7
Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
The most competent DSLR ever built, it still fell victim (for me) to the advancements ML brings. The one big complaint I have about this body is the loud shutter sound, which tends to overly alert birds - and that it's not ML. ;-)
Not as competent as the D850 AF-wise, but otherwise, a great body I've quickly grown fond of. The EVF is a real boon and the IQ is excellent.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Tamron SP AF 60mm F2 Di II LD IF Macro
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C
Wasn't my best lens. I found its AF a bit iffy, which is a nuisance, and the IQ ok but not great.
Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 Pro DX
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm F4-5.6G VR II
One of Nikon's steals. This lens performs much better than your regular 'kit' lens.
Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR
I must have had a lemon here. My copy was not very sharp and quite a disappointment, though Nikon Service said it was 'in spec'. Lots of other owners seem to love this lens, so I'm led to believe it generally performs much better than the one I had.
This is a fantastic lens, especially at the price. If it just were a little lighter...
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR
The AF may only be average, but the OS works well and I was continually amazed at how sharp this lens is.
For a 'superzoom' travel lens, the 24-200 performs very well. The 24-70 still shows better IQ, especially in the corners, but the 24-200 is a great lens to take along whenever you're not quite sure what you are going to shoot.
Other gear:
  • Nikon N8008
  • Nikon N90
  • Nikon Pronea S