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    Okay, some quarantine fun. You can only have one camera body of any kind, and one lens of any kind to use for the next 300 days. The only caveat is the lens has to be able to mount to your chosen camera. Everybody can play. (I just put it in the Nikon section because that's where I tend to hang out most )

    My chosen body is the Z7. My lens choice remains under consideration, but probably a 50 prime
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    Re: 1 lens, 1 camera

    D780 and 58mm f/1.4

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    Oooooh. Good choice!
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    Jack, any choice, or do you currently have to own it (them)?
    Nikon or any brand?
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    Z7 with 14-30/4S
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    Well, I'm assuming that lockdown/travel restrictions will be in place - at least for me - for the next 300 days. I'd love to mount the 50mm f/1.2 S, if it became available, on my Z7. Failing that, I'd suffice with my 50mm f/1.8 S.

    Things would change when and if the restrictions were lifted.
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    Really too bad restricting this to Nikon shooters only ...
    Still, have fun - I'll be nosing around here anyway
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    I currently own only the Z6 but my choice would be the Z7 plus the 24-70/2.8. (both of which I do not own currently BTW ) I would love to have the 50/1.2 or 58/0.95 instead of the 24-70/2.8 but that is depending on how long I have to do with only one body and lens...

    I could do with the Z7 plus 58/0.95 if it would be for a couple of months but forever?...
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    Z6 + 24-70mm f/2.8 S
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Okay, some quarantine fun. You can only have one camera body of any kind, and one lens of any kind to use for the next 300 days. The only caveat is the lens has to be able to mount to your chosen camera.

    My chosen body is the Z7. My lens choice remains under consideration, but probably a 50 prime
    Z6 and 24-70 f4 - the best lens I've ever used in the 60 years since I got my first decent camera (except for the 14-30 f4, which is equally good…!)
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    Re: 1 lens, 1 camera

    Quote Originally Posted by pegelli View Post
    Jack, any choice, or do you currently have to own it (them)?
    Nikon or any brand?
    Any choice, any brands,currently owned or not!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Really too bad restricting this to Nikon shooters only ...
    Still, have fun - I'll be nosing around here anyway
    Bart, any brand any cam and lens, everybody can play!
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    The fully mechanical Leica M2r with a chrome 50mm Summilux pre ASPH and print no bigger than 8.5x11 inches.
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    I think I could live the next 300 days with just the Sony A7Riv coupled with the Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art.

    If I need wider I can stitch, if I need tighter there's plenty pixels for significant cropping and the lens seems to be super sharp, so can stand the cropping as well.
    And with f1.2 there's low light capability as well.



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    The fully mechanical Leica M2r with a chrome 50mm Summilux pre ASPH and print no bigger than 8.5x11 inches.
    That's a thought, if there's only one camera/one lens there's probably sufficient time to spend in the darkroom.
    So a film camera is not a bad idea either. But I would probably put a 35 mm lens on it, but if push comes to shove a 50 mm will do as well.
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    Re: 1 lens, 1 camera

    Noodling over my lens choice, I really like 50's and would probably take the 50/1.2S if it were available, but it isn't. The 50/1.8 is the obvious choice, as are either of the 24-70 Z zooms -- and are probably the most versatile choices.

    End of day though, I am going to hang right in with Thorkill and take my 14-30 on the Z7 -- it's just a super fun combo

    So I went out this morning and tried to make a pic with that combo -- a gate in the older part of town, Z7, 14-30 at 24, 1/30 @ f6.3, processed in C1 and PS. (also posted in fun with thread, but thought maybe appropriate here too.):

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    M10 with a 35mm Summilux.
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    Leica Q2

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    .........If only I could go back.....Rollieflex with 2.8 Planar, box of 120 Tri-X...big tin of D76....My Taylor-Hobson enlarging lens.......

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    M10 with a 35mm Summilux.
    MY CHOICE AS WELL
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    Re: 1 lens, 1 camera

    Remaining within what I already own, my first choice would be Z7 and the outstanding 24-70 /4 zoom. If prime either Nikkor 50/1,8 S or 35/1,4 Sigma with adapter. Outside the Nikon realm GFX 100 with 50/3,5.
    The Fuji is a heavy beast, but tolerable with a relatively light lens and rewards with absolutely outstanding IQ.

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    The 50 S is very tempting, but I think the 35 S is more versatile. But then the 24-70's are as well, but either limited to f/4 or bulky yet limited to f/2.8. (Which isn't so bad, at least at the longer end.) I think I'd have to pick the 35...
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    Currently doing a month long PAD with the Olympus EM1.3 and 25 1.2. It has proven a fun combination, so this time I’d pick that. It helps that I grew up on a SLR with just a 50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Brittenson View Post
    The 50 S is very tempting, but I think the 35 S is more versatile. But then the 24-70's are as well, but either limited to f/4 or bulky yet limited to f/2.8. (Which isn't so bad, at least at the longer end.) I think I'd have to pick the 35...
    If I go with a prime, then the 50 vs 35 debate is a tough one... End of day, I think I'd choose the 50. It isn't out yet, but I absolutely have my eye on that compact 40mm for the Z
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    If I go with a prime, then the 50 vs 35 debate is a tough one... End of day, I think I'd choose the 50. It isn't out yet, but I absolutely have my eye on that compact 40mm for the Z
    Yep, a few weeks back I'd have said that 40 can't come soon enough. That said it'll be for street and environmental portraiture, neither of which is on the agenda for some time.
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    Of course I spent a lot of this week walking around with an old style, all-manual 35mm mounted :lol:
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    GFX-50R and GF 50mm f3.5 lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post
    GFX-50R and GF 50mm f3.5 lens.
    Did you buy a GFX Doug?
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    I'm torn between my two most-used camera kits at the moment: Either the Leica CL with 1972 Summilux 35/1.4 or Hasselblad 907x + XCD 45P. I shoot with them in almost completely different ways but often of the same subject matter, the differences I see in my results are interesting.

    Of course, I could also just stick with the Polaroid SLR670x and a pack of film a week. Hmm, lessee: that's 43 packs of film in 300 days, or about $800 worth of prints. Yikes!

    Have to think on this some more... LOL!

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    Did you buy a GFX Doug?
    Yes the 50R and the 50mm lens
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    That is an interesting question. What would my lockdown camera be?

    I think I would take a Fuji X100V. It is a very complete camera with even a built in ND filter. It is easy to carry. OVF, EVF, and flip screen. You can use it for snaps or more disciplined tripod photography. What I have learnt from my X Pro2 with a 23mm lens is changing aspect ratio can really make for variety in the appearance of your work: 3:2, 1:1, 16:9. Naturally, with digital, you can stitch panos as well. (And it would protect me from the inevitable one camera and two lenses...you guys understand how that goes.)

    While I obviously enjoy the quality of larger formats, I really have not enjoyed the weight and bulk. Those are starting to become more of a hindrance to going out and shooting. I have come to appreciate high-quality compact systems. There is really no reason to leave them home and, when you are out, you are ready if inspiration hits you. Hard to do that when the large camera is safely at home in a bag.

    Although, if I went big, just for fun I would like an Actus Cambo with a Sigma FP and a medium-format 35mm lens. That would be fun, but in reality, I probably would not get as much use out of it (see above).

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    Of course, there's another possibility that I just ran into when cleaning up around my desk in the office...

    I'd forgotten my Light L16. About the size of a big cell phone, 50 megapixels, near medium-format digital quality, with a 16 camera array that nets 28 to 150mm eqFOV imaging. And you can do 70% of the image processing capable with its native desktop application from raw captures in-camera, output the finished product directly to Flickr.com.

    There are just too many potentially fun choices laying about here...

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    Since I'm not going to travel anywhere anytime soon, size and weight doesn't matter much. I tried the Canon 28-75mm f/2 yesterday. Fantastic lens in every possible way, but huge. That lens, and a Canon R5 with vertical grip.

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    My new 1 lens, 1 camera - Nikon Z7 with 2.8/24-70 S

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    A better question is one camera, one prime. Zooms shouldn't count

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post
    A better question is one camera, one prime. Zooms shouldn't count
    Well this thread is about one lens, one camera, so zooms are allowed

    You could start another thread for your matter
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post
    A better question is one camera, one prime. Zooms shouldn't count
    A different question yes, but better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post
    A better question is one camera, one prime. Zooms shouldn't count
    For the sake of Purity, how about one camera, one pinhole? I have the RealitySoSubtle 6x6 ...




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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post
    A better question is one camera, one prime. Zooms shouldn't count
    I agree, for the sake of piety. Which brings me back to my original answer, D780 with 58mm f/1.4.

    But to be honest, any camera with more or less any prime lens will do it for me. And if somebody came up to me during my stroll with that camera and lens and told me that this is the combo that you will be allowed to shoot with for the rest of your life, I would live well with that. One worry less, not having to choose what lens and camera to take

    And while the above combo is kind of expensive, another combo that will do nearly the same job, at least for stills, a used D700 with a 50mm f/1.8, can be had for around $600 in like new condition. So I'll change again:

    D700 with 50mm f/1.8. This is my final bid, at least for today...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegelli View Post
    I think I could live the next 300 days with just the Sony A7Riv coupled with the Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art.

    If I need wider I can stitch, if I need tighter there's plenty pixels for significant cropping and the lens seems to be super sharp, so can stand the cropping as well.
    And with f1.2 there's low light capability as well.
    Looking back at what I said 6 weeks ago I will remain with my main choice (if I wouldn't go fully mechanical/film). I also personally take a prime over a zoom any day but if someone wants a zoom as his only lens who am I to pass a judgement on that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Okay, some quarantine fun. You can only have one camera body of any kind, and one lens of any kind to use for the next 300 days. The only caveat is the lens has to be able to mount to your chosen camera. Everybody can play. (I just put it in the Nikon section because that's where I tend to hang out most )

    My chosen body is the Z7. My lens choice remains under consideration, but probably a 50 prime
    Q2. I really like it and the resolution allows to crop a bit when needed.

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    Honestly I could probably “settle” for a M10 variant of some sort and a 35mm Summicron V5. Probably my favorite all around desert island lens that I could realistically use for anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paratom View Post
    Q2. I really like it and the resolution allows to crop a bit when needed.
    Yeah but...

    I just bought a fellow GetDPI-er's 24-70/2.8S lens. If it is even just a wee bit better than the f4, it may just make the cut for my "one lens..."
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    Yeah but...

    I just bought a fellow GetDPI-er's 24-70/2.8S lens. If it is even just a wee bit better than the f4, it may just make the cut for my "one lens..."
    Congrats! It's currently my own "one lens"....if I was forced to stick with one camera and lens today from stuff in my current stable, it'd be the Z6 and 24-70 2.8S.

    My only frustration with the setup is I do have trouble with focus tracking in continuous AF mode. When our toddler runs toward the camera indoors I'm lucky if one or two shots come out. Maybe it's user error and I need to tweak the settings more? It does better outside with more light so my own theory is that particular AF mode might just be light hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcdeveau View Post
    Congrats! It's currently my own "one lens"....if I was forced to stick with one camera and lens today from stuff in my current stable, it'd be the Z6 and 24-70 2.8S.

    My only frustration with the setup is I do have trouble with focus tracking in continuous AF mode. When our toddler runs toward the camera indoors I'm lucky if one or two shots come out. Maybe it's user error and I need to tweak the settings more? It does better outside with more light so my own theory is that particular AF mode might just be light hungry.
    Do you have the latest FW update? It made a HUGE improvement to AF tracking, especially people. But you need to completely understand how to use it! Once you have Auto AF selected, you need to also have set one of your Fn buttons to AF-tracking lock -- you press this with the moving boxes are over your intended subject to let the camera know which subject you want it tracking; and now if you have also selected "people eye tracking" priority, I find it does an AMAZINGLY good job tracking even running children. (Actually, I find if I leave it in animal eye tracking mode, it does about as good or possibly even better job on people than people eye.) Google Nikon Z af settings, and there are a couple of excellent uTube videos on setting it up properly with the newest FW.
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    Do you have the latest FW update? It made a HUGE improvement to AF tracking, especially people. But you need to completely understand how to use it! Once you have Auto AF selected, you need to also have set one of your Fn buttons to AF-tracking lock -- you press this with the moving boxes are over your intended subject to let the camera know which subject you want it tracking; and now if you have also selected "people eye tracking" priority, I find it does an AMAZINGLY good job tracking even running children. (Actually, I find if I leave it in animal eye tracking mode, it does about as good or possibly even better job on people than people eye.) Google Nikon Z af settings, and there are a couple of excellent uTube videos on setting it up properly with the newest FW.
    Thanks for the suggestions Jack. I’m currently at 3.00 and 1.00 for the camera and lens, respectively. I might be an update behind. I’ll look into your other recs too and some videos.

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    Re: 1 lens, 1 camera

    I've been thinking about this notion again...

    Once upon a time (in 2002), I sold all of my Leica and other gear in exchange for a Hasselblad 903SWC and used that alone until I bought my first "real" digital camera, a 5Mpixel Sony F707.

    On reflection, I could probably do the same today with the Hasselblad 907x and XCD 21mm lens, albeit that I think the 45mm or 30mm would possibly be a better choice now.

    It's not likely to happen... I'll sneak a Polaroid SLR670x and a Minox C into the bag no matter what.

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    Re: 1 lens, 1 camera

    Luddite


    Truth -- you and I are both Luddite's. I fondly recall making stellar images with my F3HP on a sensor referred to as Kodachrome, later Velvia, a little later, Provia... Times change, life moves, our dreams not so much Life is good.
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    Re: 1 lens, 1 camera

    When during the history of photography did the photographs become "good"? At what point did photographic technology evolve to allow great photographs to be made?

    That is the paradox of technical quality.

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    Re: 1 lens, 1 camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    When during the history of photography did the photographs become "good"? At what point did photographic technology evolve to allow great photographs to be made?

    That is the paradox of technical quality.
    Technical quality was superb early on. The DIFFICULTY of producing it has gotten vastly easier. No mercury, no cyanide - at least not for the photographer. But Mathew Brady's portrait of General Sherman remains one of the scariest photographs of all time.

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