Gear

What is a photography website without a list of gear? I used to be very much into buying the latest and greatest stuff. If this interests you have a look at my “My life in cameras” series to learn why. I am no longer into buying new stuff all the time but I know that many are interested in what gear a fellow photographer uses. So here we go. I try to buy most things used or on sale. For a few items like bags and straps I actually pay the full price for a good quality product. I bought too many cheap bags that either did not work out for me or did not last.

Camera and accessories

  • Fujifilm X-T3 (bought used but in mint condition for like 2/3 thirds retail with one year warranty, what a bargain, the camera was actually never used)
  • a soft shutter button (various sizes and colors because I tend to lose them, they cost a few € at most…do not spend two digits on it)
  • a few memory cards and a spare battery, nothing fancy as I don’t do video or large bursts
  • Peak Design Leash (They are ugly straps but very practical and usability wins over beauty this time)
  • a cheapish mini tripod like this, I rarely use tripods, mostly for self portraits at home or Ebay pictures.
  • Peak Design Everyday Sling (Overpriced and over-engineered but darn practical and rather slim, used for short photowalks in the city. Can carry the camera, another lens and a small water bottle next to to sd-cards and a battery)
  • Manfrotto Street backpack (got it for like a third of the suggested retail price on sale, for hikes or travel)
  • K+F M42 to FujiX adapter (the one item where I did order a more expensive quality product, it seems worth it and I only need one adapter for M42 after all)
  • K+F Minolta MC/MD/SR to FujiX adapter
  • a Lens Turbo II focal length reducer for M42. With this you can use old 35mm lenses with their native field of view instead of the cropped view with most modern cameras. It does change the colors and image quality slightly though. But with this and the “dumb” adapter each lens essentially becomes two.

Lenses

These are all the lenses currently in my collection. I will add reviews and links to sample images as I go and shoot these lenses.

Wide Angle
  • Tokina RMC 35mm F2.8 (M42)
  • Fujinon EBC 28mm F3.5 (M42) (Images)
  • Eximar 28mm F2.8 (M42)
  • Pentacon 30mm F3.5 (M42)
  • Vivitar Auto Wide Angle 35mm F2.8 (MD) (Images)
  • Vivitar Auto Wide Angle 35mm F2.8 (M42)
  • Soligor Wide Auto C/D 28mm F2.8 (MD)
  • Porst Weitwinkel 35mm F3.5 (M42)
Standard / Normal
  • KMZ Helios 44M-2 58mm F2 (M42) (Images)
  • Revuenon Auto 55mm F1.7 (M42) (Images)
  • Pentacon Auto 50mm F.18 (M42) (Images)
  • Minolta 50mm F1.7 (MD)
  • Porst Color Reflex 55mm F2.8 (M42) (Review) (Images)
  • Industar 50-2 50mm F3.5 (M42)
Telephoto
  • Pentacon 200mm F4 (M42)
  • Pentacon Electric MC 135mm F2. 8 (M42)
  • Tokina RMC 135mm F2.8 (M42) (Images)
  • Tokina RMC 80-200mm F4 (MD)
  • Albinar 85-205mm F3.8 (M42)
  • ISCO Berolina Westromat 135mm F3.5 (M42)
Zooms
  • Fujinon 18-55mm F2.8-4 (FX)
  • Beroflex MC 35-70mm F3.5 -F4.8 (M42)
  • Tokina RMC 35-70 F4 (MD)
  • Voigtländer Color-Zoomar 28-70mm F4 (MD)

My life in cameras

  1. Sony DSC-P52
  2. Minolta Dimage A1
  3. Canon EOS 20D [1, 2, 3, 4]
  4. Olympus PEN E-P1 [1, 2]
  5. Olympus PEN E-P3
  6. Olympus OM-D E-M10
  7. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk2
  8. Panasonic GM1
  9. Sony RX100
  10. Panasonic GX8
  11. Fujifilm X100T
  12. Fujifilm X100F
  13. Fujifilm X-T3 (current)

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