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

lokatz's current gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)
Nikon D500
Nikon D850
Surprisingly capable body, especially given the tiny size. Its features leave those of a D500 in the dust - which is also its weakness, as remembering how to set everything up is fiendishly difficult.
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.
The most competent DSLR ever built. In my view, this body is not a compromise, it is a superset of whatever you fancy. :-)
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR
The Z7 II closes some of the gap between the Z7 and the D850 from an AF performance perspective, but not all of it. Nevertheless, a VERY good body I enjoy immensely.
Excellent value: fast AF performance combined with good overall IQ. I'm very impressed with this lens, even on my Z7.
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.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 20mm F1.8 S
This lens is a steal. Everyone should have one.
Amazing how good most of the Z lenses are. I've owned several UWAs over the years - this is easily the best of them!
Another winner in the Z lens portfolio. More than the bodies, the lenses make the Z system truly exceptional.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
DxO Optics Pro Elite
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.
The initial reviews got it right: Nikon keeps releasing stellar performers with the Z lenses. This is the best "kit lens" I ever owned.
Actually, it's PhotoLab now.
Other gear:
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
  • Affinity Photo
  • Ape Case ACPROLC18
  • Aurora HDR 2018
  • DJI Mini 2
  • FLM CP34-L5 II
  • Jobu Jr 3 Gimbal Head
  • LowePro AW 55 II
  • Lowepro Flipside 200 AW II
  • Luminar 4
  • Platypod Max
  • Reikan FoCal
  • Rollei City Traveler
  • Tenba Shootout 24L
  • Tenba Shootout 32L
  • ThinkTank Retrospective 4
  • Topaz DeNoise AI
  • Topaz Sharpen AI

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 D7500
Nikon Z7
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.
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.
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 DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
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
Wasn't my best lens. I found its AF a bit iffy, which is a nuisance, and the IQ ok but not great.
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C
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
Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
One of Nikon's steals. This lens performs much better than your regular 'kit' lens.
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...
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD
The AF may only be average, but the OS works well and I was continually amazed at how sharp this lens is.
Other gear:
  • Nikon N8008
  • Nikon N90
  • Nikon Pronea S