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. But a few years ago I saw that life is more than just stuff. Yes material possessions can be a source of joy but also a source of worry. I also would like to reduce the amount of natural resources I consume. Nowadays I use this for my photography.

Added 12/2020
So much for minimalism. I bought a new camera because I felt I achieved everything I wanted with the X100F and I want to play around with old lenses. Sure I’ll spend more money on lenses now but they are already there so I am not consuming as many new resources. I also added if I bought items used or on sale. There is not reason to always buy new for the full price if one is patient or spends just a little time to shop around.

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
  • a handmade rope shoulder strap (found on etsy), support a local manufacturer even it is not local to you it is local to somewhere
  • a cheapish mini tripod like this, I rarely use tripods, mostly for self portraits at home or Ebay pictures.
  • Crumpler Roady camera bag (I use this one because it is quite small but can fit a 500ml water bottle, barely fits the X-T3 though)
  • Manfrotto Street backpack (got it for like a third of the suggested retail price on sale, the primary use is to store all my gear in a protected “shell” instead of keeping it loose in a cabinet, I do have a small kid so … 😉
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Fujifilm XF 18-55 F2.8-4 LM OIS (the only modern lens I will most likely own, useful all purpose lens, got it used for like half it’s retail price)
  • Fujinon 28mm EBC F3.5 in M42 mount (I use this as a walk around lens, on the X-T3 this is like a 42mm lens and I really like the focal length)
  • Tokina 135 mm f/ 2.8 RMC Lens in M42 mount (I don’t do much telephoto but for the occasional architectural detail it is enough)
  • Helios 44-2 58 mm f/ 2 Lens in M42 mount (I bought this one for the swirly bokeh, good for portraits)
  • Auto Revuenon 55 mm f/ 1.7 in M42 mount (got a good price so why not try it out)
  • Eximar 2,8/28mm M42 (again good price, want to try it out)
  • Beroflex MC 1:3.5 – 4.8 / 35-70mm MC Macro Zoom (bought out of curiosity)
  • Pentacon AUTO 50mm / F1.8 (got it quite cheap but needs to be relubed)
  • Pentacon 200mm/F4 (again very cheap but needs some serious work)
  • Pentacon 30mm / F3.5 (I have a weakness for old East German lenses)
  • Tokina RMC 35mm / F2.8 (because it is my favorite focal length)

Making this list feels like I actually own too much already. You can see I am not much into fancy artisan leather bags and such acoutrements. They are not important for taking pictures. If you do like these expensive things because they make you happy go ahead and enjoy them.

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 (coming soon)