Lives in Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
Works as a Entrepreneur
Joined on Oct 22, 2012

straitouttahell's current gear

Nikon D2X
Nikon D70
Nikon D7100
EASILY my favorite DX camera ever up to ISO 400 (though usable up to ISO 800). It's technically surpassed, and it was so from the very beginning. But, for some reason, colors are "right" right from the NEF. And what a microcontrast! It fools you into thinking the resolution is more than its mere 12MP. DR isn't great, but can be dealt with. And holding that big Nikon pro body is a joy. I'm in love with this camera since 2010, when I first tried it. I've tried to upgrade it several times, but I keep coming back.
Yes, low resolution, low DR and lots of noise. Rudimentary AF, old UI and small LCD on the back. Yet, there is something to the photos this camera produces that still fascinates me in 2021.
I only don't rate it 5 stars because of the banding issue, that, while not even remotely as bad as described on the internet, it's there and can be a problem in some extreme cases.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
The latest iterations are quite good, but this version is a different story. Average.
A good general purpose lens. Where it's good it's really good, and where it's bad (corners at 17mm, purple fringing) it's not too bad. I suggest fine tuning the focus with Sigma's USB dock to extract the best from it.
It's big, it's heavy and AF is inconsistent, but it's the only way to have a 18 f1.8 and 24 f1.8 prime lenses on DX F-Mount without buying pricey FX lenses. When properly fine tuned (and when it nails focus) it's one of the best lenses in these focal lengths for DX F-Mount.
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art
A nice little general purpose lens. As with most Sigmas, you must perform AF fine tuning to extract the best performance.
Other gear:
  • NIKKOR-Q Auto 1:3.5 f=135mm
  • Nikon Speedlight SB-900
  • Yongnuo YN 50mm F1.8

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Nikon D4
Minolta DiMAGE V

straitouttahell's previous gear

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS (Digital IXUS 870 IS)
Fujifilm FinePix A330
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10
It was a great little P&S in its days. Today, cellphones are better.
I remember buying it, using it and going back to film. It was that bad ;)
The first digital camera that made me genuinely want to leave my Olympus film camera at home. A good little camera at the time. And feature laden, for a bridge camera. Flash hotshoe, manual focus ring, constant 2.8 zoom lens. It took some good photos at 4 megapixels. Wouldn't use one today, though.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 (Lumix DMC-TZ7)
Nikon Coolpix S6200
I really wanted to love this camera, but, coming from the FZ10, I found that more megapixels and more zoom range came at a cost (no hotshoe, no manual focus ring) I didn't want to pay. Sold it without the slightest hint of regret.
Another great little P&S in its days, fun to use and produced good photos. Nowadays, cellphones are better.
A good P&S, but unexciting. A cellphone will take better photos, and will be more fun to use too.
Nikon D40X
Nikon D90
Nikon D300
A good little camera. It produced some of my favorite photos.
Nikon D700
Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Olympus PEN E-PM1
If I hadn't fell out of love for FX, I would surely buy another one, someday. One of those camera that, for some strange chemistry, produces the look I want in my photos without too much fuss.
It's a great travel companion. Small, light and decently competent.
I never liked the first 12MP MFT sensor. This camera had it, plus it was poorly built.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Nikon D800
Sony Alpha NEX-5R
Great little camera, still impressive as of 2021.
Great camera, great IQ, AF could be temperamental at times.
Great OOC JPEGs, good IQ overall, the UI and ergonomics, however, were a nightmare.
Nikon D610
Nikon D3300
Nikon D7200
A great camera slightly let down by a less-than-great AF.
Great little camera in daylight, where it nailed focus without problems, it became useless under artificial lights because it front-focused by a few metres.
The best APS-C camera of its days. Dynamic range at ISO 100 was unbelievable. One I wish I had not sold.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR
An unremarkable lens. It's better than having none, I suppose.
A good lens that sold (back then) for the price of a great lens. Overhyped, IMHO.
I really wanted to love this lens, but it never happened. The 18-55 kit zoom is better than this one, if you can live without the 55-105 range.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
A very, very good lens, has great IQ, even wide open, and is very small and light. For what it costs, it's a bargain.
I'd rate it 5 stars, if the Sigma 18-35 1.8 Art hadn't come around :)
An honest lens. Not brilliant, but not bad either.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
Great little lens, sharp and fast. Wish Nikon had a fast DX 24 prime that was this good.
It's a kit lens. Not too bad, never really good.
A good, constant f/5.6 zoom. At larger apertures, too soft.
Nikon AF-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II
Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS
Unimpressive bokeh, slow to focus and a tad soft wide open, but it rendered beautifully on D700.
Average kit zoom, while it worked. A flat cable died on me, rendering it useless past 28mm
Simply wonderful. Wonderful IQ, wonderful build, wonderful IS, small and light. A bit pricey, though.
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G ED
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
One of the very few lenses I'd dare to call "perfect".
A good lens. It would be perfect if it wasn't for all those chromatic aberrations.
Pretty good for a kit lens. In the common focals, I very much prefer this to the 16-85 f/3.5-5.6