ljclark

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Aug 7, 2006

ljclark's current gear

Fujifilm X100F
Olympus Tough TG-4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Still a small sensor camera, but the only water-proof camera that delivers RAW files...And you need RAW because the out-of-camera JPEGs are nothing to write home about.
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Fujifilm X-Pro2
Nikon D500
Wonderful camera. I still a bit ticked off that it took Nikon 8 years to field a replacement for my two D300 bodies -- and they probably lost a chunk of the APS-C market in the process. Regardless -- this is a solid, fast camera with button controls where you need them to keep from having to dive into menus to get things done. Working well in soccer with web-acceptable shots up to ISO 12,800 on poorly lit pitches.
Nikon D7200
Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM
Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM
Replaced D300 bodies. Side-by-side comparison with my Fujifilm X-T1 shooting sports -- The D7200 was superior by almost any measure you could come up with.
Standard kit. Favorite Lens. Sharp. Contrasty.
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 4/18 ZM
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R
Standard kit -- for the wide end.
It aint perfect, but those few places where it aint, I just don't care about. This lens opens up a world of possibilities and I plan to use it as a travel lens along with the 35mm and 56mm on an X-Pro1.
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R
This is a "Wow" lens. I'd guess the best yet produced by Fujifilm in the X-mount.
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R
Fujifilm XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro
Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH
Nikon AF Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF
Standard kit. Basically a faultless lens.
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
The other soccer war horse.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II
Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter
This lens has been a surprise and a joy to work with. At f/4 it is as good as my much heavier 80-200 f/2.8 -- and probably equals it at all the rest of the f/stops.
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Soccer war horse. A beast of a lens, but works well for soccer on a monopod. The tripod collar is a train wreck -- sent mine to a machinist to have mods made so it rotates without hanging up. Take the effort to calibrate this lens to your camera.
Replaced the Nikon 17-50 f/2.8. Lighter, more compact, IS.
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM
Tokina ATR-X Pro 11-20mm F2.8 DX
Voigtlander 12mm F5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar
I'm impressed. Set up the camera (Nikon D7200) and this lens is sharp. It is heavy, but it makes great images. I guess it didn't sell well, so I consider myself lucky to have found a nice used one for under $800.
Crazy wide.
Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar
Voigtlander 35mm F2.5 Color Skopar
Voigtlander 75mm F1.8 Heliar Classic
Lovely lens. Underappreciated.
Other gear:
  • Leica M6
  • Leica Summicron-M 90mm f/2 (Canada) Standard kit. Nice to have a fast 90mm.
  • Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 pre-ASPH Standard kit. Not as razor sharp as the ASPH f/1.4 to 2, but I prefer it from there to smaller apertures.
  • Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D
  • Voigtlander 28mm f/1.9 Ultron ASPH

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Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 R WR
Other gear:
  • Fujinon Teleconverter XF1.4X TC WR

ljclark's previous gear

Ricoh Caplio GX100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 (Lumix DMC-FT2)
Fujifilm FinePix X100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 (Lumix DMC-FT3)
Fujifilm X10
Lytro Light Field 8GB
Looking forward to the improvements the X20 will bring.
Piece of junk. Returned it in a matter of days.
Fujifilm X100S
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm X30
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Leica M8
Nikon D1X
One of my first two "real" DSLRs.
Nikon D1H
Nikon D200
Nikon D300
One of my first two "real" DSLRs.
Significant upgrade over D100. Good AF for sports. Replaced the D1H/D1X.
Had a pair of these for years shooting sports. Finally replaced them with a pair of D7200s in the summer of 2015. Can't figure out why Nikon took so long to build a replacement.
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-3
Olympus E-500 (EVOLT E-500)
Great shooter. Wonderful ergonomics. Slow AF.
One or two years behind the power curve. Oly missed the mark, and the camera lost the size and ergo advantages of the E-1. Had it a month before I sold it and abandoned 4/3.
Olympus E-510 (EVOLT E-510)
Leica M9
Ricoh GXR S10 24-72mm F2.5-4.4 VC
There is some loveliness here, and especially with the right Leica, Zeiss, or CV lenses. But I found that I could take pictures in a wider variety of situations with a Fuji X-Pro1...And the X-Pro2 is even better.
A true shooter's camera. Wish the IQ was better. Replaced by the Fuji X20.
Ricoh GXR A12 50mm F2.5 Macro
Fujifilm X-T1
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Love Fuji mirrorless cameras, but no magic here. In side-by-side comparison with Nikon D7200, this was the clear loser. Traded it in when I got my X-Pro2.
AF would stop working. Nikon never admitted to the problem that hundreds have reported. Not good for FF -- and not a great lens for APS-C.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF
Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5
Nothing to write home about. Replaced with Tokina 11-16.
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5
Olympus Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter EC-14
Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX
Tokina AT-X Pro 50-135mm f/2.8 DX
Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32
Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12
Overpriced compared to Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 -- which the Zeiss does not out-perform. Relies too much on software correction. Just not up to Zeiss standards.