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I also enjoy Mamiya 645 lenses.

If I didn‘t care about size, I’d probably shoot with them all the time.

Here are some shots I took with various Mamiya lenses on my A7:


@“kory”#p33751 7artisans 35 1.2 for fuji X mount

Just googled this and, hey nice, a Sonnar variant! I love the way Sonnars render.


@“kory”#p33751 not knowing I have intentionally hamstrung myself.

Have you ever had that real awkward moment when someone you know wants to take a photo with your camera, and it's all 'uhh, you can if you want, but I've got a manual focus lens on it'.

@“Geoff”#p33754 Too bad its imaging circle wouldn‘t fill a full frame, otherwise it would be a pretty nice pair with the a7! Might still be fun if you don’t mind cropping or if you have an APS-c E-mount body to use it with. @“穴”#580 might like it on her a6300!

@“Geoff”#p33752 Stunning rendering on these! I don‘t have any medium format equipment, myself, though one of my aspirational bodies is the Fuji GFX 50r. I’m pretty far away from justifying owning one of those, but I'd like to at least try it out some time. At the very least, if I ever move toward Canon mirrorless full-frame I might start playing around with adapted MF lenses.

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for background, i'm a janitor and i occasionally snap pictures of weird stuff i find at work.

@“pasquinelli”#p33790 I love how this seems so ordinary at first glance, but the more I look at it the more bizarre this scene seems. I take back what I said earlier, now this looks like some sort of ray-tracing rendering demo.

I've been wanting to invest in my first pro digital camera for a very long time. I love the medium. Any suggestions? My criteria: most bang for the buck, anything thats better than iPhone quality, and primarily must be capable of taking wonderful photos and/or video of CRT screens, which just means shutter speed in multiples of 60.

The quality in this thread is a bit too high, so I‘m going to lower the average with photos I take on my phone’s low-res,

often smudged camera. I mostly take photos of birds.

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I‘ve been wanting to buy a instant camera recently because my walls are very sparse. This thread has made me want a proper camera too, I think I’ll look for a second hand one.

the only camera i‘ve ever used consistently is the Ricoh GR. it’s a small, compact camera with a fixed 28mm lens and APS-C sensor (on the newest model). it takes surprisingly sharp images. the relatively wide angle lens feels a bit like the human eye, it has a nice sense of presence, like a memory of something you saw. it also means that you really have to follow the old adage “if it‘s not good enough, you’re not close enough”; you really gotta get in there with your subject to get anything remotely usable. but because it looks almost like a disposable camera from the 90s, and it‘s completely silent, people don’t really notice it, and if they do they aren‘t as bothered by it as they would be by a different camera. you can carry it in your pocket or bag without hassle. doesn’t do video well at all, it's very much a stills camera. Daido Moriyama is probably the most famous photographer to use it.

@“beets”#p33883 hey don‘t sell yourself short, it’s all about composition and I think these are all great! The first one has real melancholic dark vibes, and I love the framing of the seagull and little green running man sign in the third.

@“treefroggy”#p33880 I couldn‘t tell you much about video recording, although I think any half decent camera made in the last several years has had to step up the video game to appeal to vloggers. However, for stills the secret that camera manufacturers (who are decidedly struggling these days) don’t want you to know is that most mid to high end cameras made in the last 10+ years are excellent in terms of technology and features and if they are trying to sell you a newer or more expensive model it‘s probably some needlessly repackaged and rebranded tech or way overkill for what you will ever need. In fact, it’s way better to invest in a used or discontinued higher end model than to buy something new for the equivalent or greater price in the lower end.

But, anyway, I would say go for whatever you can find a good deal on in good condition (factory refurbs are great too). I would probably stick to APC size sensor at minimum, full frame if you can find it, and get a basic kit zoom lens and a "nifty fifty" (cheap 50mm lens with a decently fast aperture, usually f 1.8 or so). If you want something smaller, mirrorless models are the way to go, with Sony probably being your best bet if you don't already own equipment from another manufacturer. Pretty much anything in a3000, 5000, or 6000 series (or even an older NEX model if its in good enough condition) would be a great APC sensor camera to get started on, or jump on an a7 full frame model if you find an amazing deal.

If you want something really compact and inexpensive, track down some older panasonic or olympus micro 4/3 cameras. The sensor size is relatively small, but this is a legitimately fun camera system and you can find some awesome small prime lenses for cheap (or adapt pretty much any older lens ever to it).

I feel like I have been rambling a lot and this may all be marginally helpful, but at the end of the day any camera that gives you good control over aperture, shutter speed, and ISO will be great to learn on and will help you take photos you'll be proud of!

@“tombo”#p33952 The Ricoh GR is such a wonderful and iconic camera…I‘ve been a hair’s breadth from buying one on so many occasions (the gorgeous limited green model was especially tempting) but I‘ve managed to hold off. It’s hard for me to justify it because I‘m out of my comfort zone with a wide lens, absent a viewfinder, and attempting street photography, which are the basic tenets of the GR! I’ve seen Moriyama‘s work before, though, and it’s inspired me to try a bit harder to get out of my comfort zone!

They are so tempting. I've been interested in the Ricoh GR ever since the digital ones went APS-C.

They are small, quiet, and unassuming.

It would be nice to have a camera I could put in a pocket instead of a bag.
I think if I had one I'd probably carry it more frequently than I carry the A7.

Size is everything when it comes to a camera!!

I was on an overnight backpacking trip with a Canon 6D and two lenses back in 2016 and it changed my gear setup forever. I vowed to never hike with a full bodied SLR ever again, sold some of Canon stuff, and have been happily shooting Fujifilm stuff ever since. I absolutely find myself bringing my XT-20 more places than I did any of my previous SLRs.

I’ve developed quite the soft spot for 35MM point and shoots from the 90’s too. I’m gonna dig up my film scans from the last couple years, but figured I’d share some random digital stuff from recently. All but the cobra were shot on my Fujis.

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@“fetus8”#p34027 I completely hear you! My preferred combo (the 5D and 70-200 +/- 1.4x extender) is a real killer. Glad you are liking the fuji system, those photos look great! The lighting and detail in the green doorframe photo and the overpasses are lovely. The Xpro2 I have is such a wonderfully made camera and the optical pseudo rangefinder viewfinder is really fun to use! I just have this real problem where after any extended time using a mirrorless camera, as soon as I pick up the 5D, it just feels better…something about the heft, the solid grip, and the physical shutter mechanism click with me (if you'll pardon the pun…).

Do you have any favorite lenses with the Fuji system? The 23 and 35 f2 WR have been my go to options, though that 35 1.2 manual 7artisans I mentioned above is really fun! If I ever find a good deal on the fuji 35 1.4 I might pick it up, though its still pricy for such an old lens.

@“kory”#p34030 thank you!! I did keep my 6D and 50mm f/1.4 around for portraits and my amateur studio experimentation. The clack of the shutter hitting is very very satisfying. There’s really nothing like it.

I absolutely love the Fuji 27mm f/2.8. It makes my setup pocketable. It’s pretty sharp and focuses real quick. I def want the mk2 version from this past year but don’t need it. The 16-50mm is probably the best lens I’ve ever owned, albeit being humongous. Those Weather Resistant f/2 primes are incredible, I have the 35mm and it makes for a fantastic portrait lens.

Are you using the X-Pro 2 regularly? I’ve been considering it or the 3 due to the weather resistant body but don’t know if I want a body that big…

@“fetus8”#p34046 I love the engineering, feel, and overall philosophy of the Xpro-2, but if I’m being honest I don’t use it very often. The body is chunkier than it seems from pictures alone, and even more-so when paired with most lenses (other than the 27mm pancake, which I also have and use on occasion). If I want something small, I usually grab my x100f or just rely on my phone, and if I’m grabbing the Xpro, it’s not much additional hassle to just go for the SLR. Honestly, if I weren’t such a hoarder and didn’t admire it so much I might have sold it a long time ago. It really won’t give you much practical advantage over your current body, but if you get a chance to play with it and it clicks, then you’ll know! As for the Xpro-3…well that is such a weird camera…I’m actually kind of glad Fuji made such odd choices with it, because it makes me value the 2 even more and I’m not especially envious of the new model. I respect the philosophy they were going for with it, but it’s not for me.

@“kory”#p34050 I recall getting some hands on time with the 2 and liking it. I respect what they did with the 3 and for my kind of shooting it may work. I just want a small interchangeable lens camera that’s got a weather proofed body that I don’t have to worry about! I wish Fuji wouldn’t reserve it for the larger bodied cameras.

Do you take fully advantage of the JPEG recipes or do you shoot RAW and handle your own post processing?

@“fetus8”#p34056 I always shoot raw+jpg. I make liberal use of the wifi functions on my cameras to send the jpg to my phone if I want to post on Instagram or to text to someone, let’s say. The film sims on the Fuji are a lot of fun—one advantage of raw+jpg is that I can always go back and reprocess with a different film sim right in camera.

When I get home I import everything into Lightroom and if I want to make a print, do some compositing or heavy editing, or send someone a nicely finished photo I’ll post process the raw image in Lightroom (classic). This is when raw really shines, as you can take full advantage of the inherent dynamic range that you might have otherwise lost. For example, this is one of my favorite nature photos—the exposure was all wrong out of camera, but I was able to work with it and make something I was very happy with (this was the Canon):

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This is a photo that I just half-heartedly snapped with my x100f and, honestly, it looked completely dull out of the camera. Fortunately I had shot it in raw and I was able to bring out color and dynamic range that was much closer to my memory of the scene:

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I‘m a fan of photography! I’ve largely had the hobby on hold for the past year and a half due to covid, but I‘m looking forward to going back out and taking pictures of things!

I’m strictly amateur and I try to stay as analog as possible. My primary camera is a Nikon F3 35mm SLR, which suits my needs perfectly; it has lots of handy features as long as you aren‘t looking for things like automatic focus, automatic aperture control, or automatic film advancing. I like to use a 50mm or 35mm lens for most things. I also have a 135mm lens and a 70-200mm zoom lens but I don’t use them as much. The zoom lens especially is a little too heavy for my liking.

I also have a Yashica-MAT EM medium format TLR that I love. It's lacking in some features, but I appreciate its simplicity in a way. I'm usually not using a light meter with it but I also like using slide film (Fuji Velvia 50 can produce jaw dropping results from a purely technical perspective) so I tend to bracket my shots. I love the high fidelity from medium format; if I'm in a low-light situation the larger negative size can make up for grainy fast film.

I have a couple other cameras too all for simple fun pictures: a point & shoot Polaroid 600, a Holga, and a Diana. I haven't tried the Diana yet but I used to love using my Holga to get the kind of aesthetic in pictures that later became popular through Instagram filters.

Yeah! Photography! It's fun! One of these days I'd like to get a digital camera; I like that if I got a Nikon SLR I could use my old manual lenses with it. I'm generally a "shoot from the hip" type of photographer, so if nothing else I'm sure I'd save money on film. But in the past when I tried digital photography with a point and shoot, I was never satisfied with my results and it ended up bringing me out of the hobby for a while.

I'll share some of my pics later!