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bluevellet's current gear

Nikon Z6
OM System OM-1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Pretty banging for a first generation camera. AF might need some polish and there's a distinctive lack of extra features (image stacking, panorama, etc.), but it has all the base functions I want in a camera. Competitively priced.
Basically, an EM1 mark III with the missing subject detection features from the EM1X and a major hardware refresh of all electronics inside. Not perfect, kind of pricey, but one hell of a camera.
Like an updated GM1. You trade the built-in flash for an EVF. Some useful tweaks here and there. Amazingly small and inconspicuous. Since nothing these days comes even close, still a very useful camera.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
So good, I have no interest to upgrade to the Z version of this lens.
Great ultra wide angle zoom. Small for FF.
All around a great zoom lens and relatively small for FF. A bit plasticky though.
Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm F2
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
Finally a small(ish) Z mount prime. Not the absolute best IQ, but good enough.
Stellar IQ. Big for f1.8. Spartan physical design.
One of the biggest no-brainer purchases on m43. Relatively cheap. Good IQ. Small.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4-5.6 II
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
Awesome zoom. Great... everything. Packed with features. M43 sensor tech is the only thing that drags it down (in bad lighting).
Essentially, a kit zoom with extra range and weather sealing. Good travel lens.
Neat little pancake zoom. Auto-collapsible, power zoom operation and even sports a MF ring. Optional auto lens cap makes it even better. But really average kit zoom image quality.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8
The ultimate all-purpose prime on m43.
Cheapest way to do macro on m43. With good AF. You have to get really close to subjects though.
One of the sharpest lenses on m43. Great bokeh too. Main use is for portraits, but good for low light, telephoto applications. Metal construction is awesome, but cold to the touch. Could benefit from a weather-sealing lens redesign.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:4.0
Basically an ultra wide zoom and a standard zoom in a single lens. Very useful. Sharp and colorful. Can focus close. Weather-sealed. Optimized for video. A swiss army knife of a lens.
An unusually fast fisheye lens. It can AF. And it can focus really, REALLY close. If paired with a modern OMD camera, the lens can display defishified previews and save them as JPEGs. Two lenses in one essentially.
The oldest digital lens I still own. Not the sharpest, not the quickest and certainly not the smallest. But I've always liked the way it renders images.
OM System 40-150mm F4.0 PRO
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH
Basically, if you want to upgrade from kit telephoto lenses but can't stomach the size of the 40-150 f2.8 Pro, this is your middle ground solution. IQ is quite good. Weather-sealed construction. No MF clutch or extra function button though.
Well built, smallish and with good rendering. Useful focal length. Not as sharp as the relative high price would suggest though.
Smallest m43 prime with AF, I believe. Silent operation. Nice colors but basically same image quality as a kit zoom.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
A modern classic. AF is slow, but it's tiny and has good IQ.
Great little kit zoom. IQ better than expected. Plastic construction and lack of MF ring are a let-down.
One of my favorite DSLR lenses. I still use it on my Z6. Lack of weather-sealing and bulk drags it down a bit.

bluevellet's wish list

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Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM
Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH
Nikon Z9
Canon EOS R5
Nikon Nikkor Z 20mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Canon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM Macro
Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

bluevellet's previous gear

Canon PowerShot A700
Kodak EasyShare P880
Kodak EasyShare V570
Loved this camera. Very stylish, Great concept with the two separate lenses... before mobile phones started doing it a decade later. Unfortunately, these V cameras were fragile and tended to break in the long term.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
Olympus PEN E-PL1
Sony Alpha NEX-5
Nikon D600
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake
This was my last DSLR. Used it for years. Image quality was and is still awesome. AF was pretty good but you are restricted to two dozens focus points in the center of the frame. Liveview and movie modes useless.
Dated hardware, but great feature set. Rugged and fast too. Overpriced when it came out, but more reasonable now.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G
Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8