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    Are you happy with your current system.

    Well I have to ask. I have been through many systems over the last 8 years. Canon, Kodak, Nikon, Leica DMR , Leica M8 , Phase P25+ and now settled in on a P30 Plus not to mention several in each camp. Needless to say been through a crap load of money, time and just too much energy getting comfortable. As i sit here today doing some design work and reflecting on all of this, my mind wondered about this and aked myself the big question am I happy. I have to say I am, sure there could be a few things extra I need for my system and my setup and that really is just a matter of a little more money to finish things off and such, but I don't feel my finger pushing a buy button. I know I must be on drugs to say that, I assure you I am not though. I honestly have slimmed down my system a ton and actually maybe a little dangerous how tight I am but I am ten minutes from renting almost anything in 35mm for sure and lights I can rent also. I cut my lighting down too far and that one is bugging me. Anyway so how do folks feel. Are you settled in to a comfortable spot to say if you are dropped off to a place for 3 years without buying another thing would you be okay and be happy with it. Or are you really itching to grab that next piece of gear.
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    I can survive for quite a while without having to dig into the piggy bank. Is it a perfect setup? Of course I will always lust after something (can you say 24 lux).

    Major systems:
    D700 (but have kept only a small lens assortment) 24-70, cv40, 50, cv58, 70-300
    M8 (most focal lengths covered)
    G1 (two lens kit)
    Small sensor (too many to list)

    I hate big cameras so the D700 will not be replaced and it will last me for a looong time.
    The G1 suits me even though many here have a love/hate relationship with it.
    The M8 the simplicity of it all is calming.

    What still intrigues me... The Oly m4/3 mystery.

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    For now...

    I really like the Sony a900 with Zeiss 24-70, 135 1.8
    and I will always have a M (for now a M7 and M8) and leica glass (most focal lengths).
    Small sensor-I buy em but never use em

    There will always be something new for the "middle aged and the restless" (speaking for me). But ultimatley its the image that counts. I've seen some fine photography on this site with just about every piece of equipment. It all goes back to the guy or gal pressing the shutter.
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Yes.

    Was just talking about this with a friend of mine. I'm very happy with my Olympus and Panasonic FourThirds bodies and lens kit: I feel I could be using them for a long time to come.

    If I want a larger format camera, I'll buy into Nikon again (I'm a long time Nikon user) or a medium format system, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Quote Originally Posted by mwalker View Post
    For now...

    I really like the Sony a900 with Zeiss 24-70, 135 1.8
    and I will always have a M (for now a M7 and M8) and leica glass (most focal lengths).
    Small sensor-I buy em but never use em

    There will always be something new for the "middle aged and the restless" (speaking for me). But ultimatley its the image that counts. I've seen some fine photography on this site with just about every piece of equipment. It all goes back to the guy or gal pressing the shutter.
    Mike, you're soooooo boring
    A900 with 24/70 and 135 1.8 yaaaawn


    Snap, is all I can say, the only thing I can add to your excellent system is an E3 and a slew of Olympus lenses which I really like (but seldom use).

    Every time I take the A900 out I think. yep, it's a joy to use. Every time I look at the images on my screen I think wow! aren't they lovely.

    I've not felt so comfortable with any camera before.

    . . . but I'm middle aged and restless as well

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    At present I am comfortable, but I know the itch will hit sooner rather than later!

    Seriously, I recently sold off a bunch of well loved -- but not often enough used -- M gear, so I actually have some funds sitting on the sidelines. Those funds are earmarked for the specific purpose of rounding out my two remaining systems, Mamiya/Phase and Canon, yet for some inexplicable reason I am not in my usual hurry to complete that task...
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    I'm happy with my work Canon system and see nothing to add but a 1DsMkIII to retire the 5d to a backup roll.

    My M8 and lenses puts a smile on my face when ever I use it. My film Leica gear has really given me a creative boost. (and I swear just 2 more R lenses and I'm finished).

    I have an itch for an 8x10 but I need to sell the house and move into something smaller where I can convert one full room into a dark room before that.

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    this is a good question-made me think that I missed some things and didn't miss others-

    for example, I did a lot of my early magazine work on mamiya 7 and hasselblad-so I still have complete systems for both, but when I say complete I mean only two or three lenses, a normal, a wide, a tele for each. It's pretty simple when you only have two choices, you either use the normal or the wide...and no zooms.

    Now I am required to do more different things, interiors, portraits, reportage or location portraiture. So you need more to do that, which complicates things.
    And the fact that it is all 35mm digital, with what is to me a terrible 2:3 aspect ratio, I miss the mamiya7 format, or the square.

    I am pretty happy with the combination of M8 system and canon system. As happy as I can be with 2:3 I'd say.

    I think for me, the best combination would be a medium format system and the M8. But the economics are not there. So until then, I crop

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    While I have a serious problem with two much glass, I am always pushing for more complete solutions.

    1. M8.2 system....this has been my primary go to system for street and travel applications. Have essentially all the available lenses except the new releases. The 21 1.4 is on my must have list. Two issues....better high ISO performance ...I don t even like to use 640 and the limitations of nothing longer than the 135APO. Always shoot with 2 bodies and 3-5 lenses that fit the situation. This system takes consistent use to deliver the goods.

    2. D3/D700....my favorite for Florida because of the weather sealing and industrial strength build. Have the 4 Nikon Pro zooms and building out the Zeiss primes. A little conversion of some R lens . This is really a pretty great system for sports,wildlife, street shooting (at the beach/pier) and the situations requiring flash or AF lenses. The D3 is perfect for sports ..balances on the 200-400/4 perfectly . The D700 with the primes is a great all around solution ..great hi ISO performance. I want the D700X ..1600 is enough with fast primes .

    3. R glass.... I need compatibility with the new R10 mount..or else. I use the DMR with the 180 APO and the 1.4 extender a lot paired with an M8.2 . I had a budget for two R10 s ........ This could eliminate the Nikon systems or reduce them to special purposes.

    4. No point and shoots ..but I need a waterproof solution?

    5. No MF .....Blad V system gathering dust......maybe next season in Florida.


    The pieces are getting closer ..the improvements for me will come from better sensors, better camera durability and better workflow solutions.

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    I happy with the gear. I figure I have near perfect choice of kits between landscape shooting with my Cambo RS and lightning and some nature with either my 1DsII or if I can get our of Sandy's hands her 1DsIII. Thanks to Jack I have what I believe is a perfect platform to shoot from now that I got the Cube.

    Okay maybe another back but that can wait I think...

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Mike, you're soooooo boring
    A900 with 24/70 and 135 1.8 yaaaawn


    Snap, is all I can say, the only thing I can add to your excellent system is an E3 and a slew of Olympus lenses which I really like (but seldom use).

    Every time I take the A900 out I think. yep, it's a joy to use. Every time I look at the images on my screen I think wow! aren't they lovely.

    I've not felt so comfortable with any camera before.

    . . . but I'm middle aged and restless as well
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    I think the topic should have been "Are you happy with your current system(S)"

    Truth - from a guy that is long more systems and lenses he cares to discuss in public?

    I cant find a better system than my simple Alpa for wide or my trusty beat up never had firmware updated Nov06 model with dings M8. Thought about switching into an M8.2 - looked at pricing and laughed all the way home.

    I must be approaching middle age - my appetite for gear has diminished a lot over the last couple of years. Not excited about anything currently out there - and dont trust any of the companies pricing either.

    Now if we were talking tractors! thats another story!

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Yeah. My current Canon system fills all my needs and I'm happy with it. I don't see anything in the marketplace at present that is even making me itch and I'm shooting with a pair of battered 5D's.

    Can't wait for a pocketable 4/3 camera though...
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    About 6 years ago, I started making the switch from film to being completely digital. I started to downsize my equipment. First, I sold all of my large format gear, then I sold my rangefinders. Recently, a little over a year ago, I switched from shooting pro Nikon digital bodies to the 4/3 system. I sold all of my Nikon gear, so currently I am at the point where I can now carry all of my gear in one small bag- I now shoot 2 Lumix L1 bodies and I have 3 lenses for them. I also shoot a Ricoh GRDII. The only thing I am looking to add in the future is either the new Sigma DP2 or the new Olympus micro 4/3 camera. I am waiting for it to come out so I can see what it offers before I make my decision.

    Overall, I am pretty happy with what I have and I never really want to go back to lugging around big, heavy equipment anymore.

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    Yes, I'm happy and very settled with systems. On the 35mm front my Fuji S5s serve me very well, tried most of the latest and greatest over the past year only to return to my Fujis, I'm not changing/adding anything here unless Fuji comes out with a new dslr. As far as lenses go, I have all I need too and then some.

    MF, I fell in love with the Contax 645 system the minute I picked one up, absolutely no changes here, bought myself several bodies and multiple copies of all lenses to keep me company for eternity. MFDBs, currently happy with my Leaf backs, might try a P25+ or P45+ in the near future, I'm a fan of the Kodak chips but didn't like C1 software in the past but willing to try it again. I still have a couple of Kodak ProBacks which I'm keeping until C1 can deliver similar colors.

    P&S fairly satisfied with Ricoh GRDs but the small sensors can use some improvement, will keep looking until I find something with GRD's handling and lens but better IQ and movie capability. Sigma DP series aren't for me, tried one and just hated it, like all other Sigma sourced bodies I owned, including a Kodak SLR/c. I guess this is the only thing that I'm actively looking for, otherwise I'm set for the foreseeable future. I'll see how the new GH1 works out, from what I've seen posted here the IQ is great, just have to see if I can get along with its evf. Having on the fly video makes these cameras ideal for street.
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    My problem is that I can't seem to settle on one system only.

    Travel seems to dictate the use of my M system (Film and M8's)

    High speed photography or long telephoto work demands the Nikon D3, as does high ISO work.

    Fine art landscapes go best with the Hasselblad H3DII-39 so I can print very large.

    So I haven't found a way to cut down to just one system. I am looking at both the D3X and Sony A900 to see if I could eliminate the MFDB but I am not very hopeful.

    Comments and advice welcomed.

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Photography is just a hobby for me. I have my E-510 and upgraded some of the lenses, the 7-14, 25mm PL and 50-200. I really like the 4/3s system. The weight and reach of the lenses are great and work well for travel. My major complaint is low light focusing and this is becoming and bigger issue since it's always dark when I get off work. It has me considering the D300 or D700 just for AF. I know the E3 is better then the E-510, but they still say it's a weak point of Oly compared to Nikon. The lens size and weight for FF make me cringe, let alone the cost.

    For a P&S I have the Ricoh GRD2. I love this camera. I played around with the DP1, but I don't like the handling. I'm waiting to see what m4/3s brings, but I'm not in any rush to upgrade yet.

    I'd love to add a rangefinder, but not at the cost of an M8. Lots of used film rangefinders around, but I'll wait to get the top sorted out first.
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post

    Can't wait for a pocketable 4/3 camera though...
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    I have owned at least 25 point and shoot digitals. Mostly all crap, except for Pana LX3 / D-Lux 4 and, surprisingly, Pentax Optio W60 waterproof (my current daily beater). I am looking forward to the Oly M4/3 announcement too.

    Looked at Pana TS-1 waterproof. Lens is horrible in corners. Otherwise, cool idea.

    I love my M8.2.

    I can't wait for a Leica R10 announcement. It would please me to replace my Canon gear.

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    At this point it seems appropriate to quote David Vestal: "Equipment may make pictures possible or impossible, but it seldom makes them better or worse."

    From that perspective, I'm okay with my current equipment in that it makes possible the pictures I want to make. (Note that I said possible, not easy!)

    Tomorrow, or next month, or next year, I may think up a different kind of picture I want to make that can't be done with the equipment I have, and then I'll think I need something else. But my photographic tastes have become fairly settled over the past few years, so that seems less and less likely.

    In terms of how my equipment works, though, I'm not very satisfied with most of what I use.

    The only camera I use that really feels as if it just grew out of my hand, that flows along naturally with the way I like to shoot, that never gets in my way, is my Epson R-D 1. But it has functional limitations (lens range, maximum ISO, pixel count, etc.) that keep me from using it in every situation.

    My Panasonic G1 plugs some of those gaps (although using it doesn't feel as fluid and natural as using the R-D 1) so between the two of them, I've got one "solution" that works. But that's not really ideal. It's like trying to eat a balanced diet: You've got foods you like that aren't especially good for you, and foods that are good for you that you don't particularly enjoy, so you eat some of each. But what you'd really rather have is something that's both enjoyable and good for you.

    The other stuff I use is mostly just stuff. My Nikon D300 gives me good results and offers all the accessories I need -- but I groan whenever I contemplate having to lug it around, and even though this is my third Nikon, it still drives me crazy that the lenses mount the "wrong" way (vs. what I learned on.) And I'd love to get rid of my clunky, battered, inelegant Novatron flash units -- but despite being dropped, bashed, battered and neglected, the dratted things just keep working, and I'm too cheap to throw out something that works.

    In fact, that's what mostly keeps me off the endless quest for "better" equipment. Although I'm not really happy with most of what I use, I know that whatever I might try as a replacement wouldn't necessarily make me happier. Come to think of it, most of my life is like that...

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger 9 View Post
    In fact, that's what mostly keeps me off the endless quest for "better" equipment. Although I'm not really happy with most of what I use, I know that whatever I might try as a replacement wouldn't necessarily make me happier. Come to think of it, most of my life is like that...

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Yes I can say that I'm very happy with my cameras. I've simplified down to two cameras.

    Panasonic G1 - (two lens kit + CV28/2 and CV50/1.5) I will probably add the Lumix 7-14 to expand my range from UWA-->Telephoto. I like the smaller size and I actually tend to have a camera on me all the time unlike when I only had my Canon stuff.

    Leica D-Lux 4 - IMO it's one of the best P&S around and the only real limiting factors for most to consider is the sensor size and the focal length range. That said it's capable of producing great shots.

    *If I add a dSLR it would probably be a Sony a900 or the replacement at this point. I'm keeping an eye out for the Olympus Micro 4/3 stuff though still and I would consider the E620 for another body as well.
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Well, I am NOT satisfied with the performance of the systems I have (though in each case I would argue they are all near the top end)

    Walk around is M8 and more glass than is logical (maybe 50 incl Visoflex). But come on! 400 ISO barely usable? so, flash can work, but this systems need more EV!

    Wildlife, tele. is R9/DMR. Again needs more ISO, but esp needs more MP. The glass can handle and the modular 280-800mm system just sits waiting for a better sensor, and I have about 30 lenses

    Travel, and lanscape/cityscape Contax 645 (also Hassey glass), Alpa (schneider) and now P65+. Contax could have better AF, no doubt. So I work around (you will see me point on the ground 5 yards in front of a sport shot because I learned that where the Contax just insists on focusing) (maybe 25 lenses)

    So with more glass than a NY skyscraper I now consider myself a COLLECTOR!

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Yes but do want an 8x10 view camera at some point in the future..

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    I can survive for quite a while without having to dig into the piggy bank. Is it a perfect setup? Of course I will always lust after something (can you say 24 lux).

    Major systems:
    D700 (but have kept only a small lens assortment) 24-70, cv40, 50, cv58, 70-300
    M8 (most focal lengths covered)
    G1 (two lens kit)
    Small sensor (too many to list)

    I hate big cameras so the D700 will not be replaced and it will last me for a looong time.
    The G1 suits me even though many here have a love/hate relationship with it.
    The M8 the simplicity of it all is calming.

    What still intrigues me... The Oly m4/3 mystery.
    Oh my....this was written a few days too early....

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Happiness hmm... re camera equipment:

    On the film side, cost of E6 development has become a real culprit. In California I paid about $4.50 for 8x10 development at Calypso (until they dropped some of my Death Valley 8x10's on the floor). Nowadays in Stockholm the price is around 150 SEK - $20 in American currency. Ouch. I can ship film down to Germany to cost down to $8 but it's a hassle. Not happy about that. Otherwise the whole 8x10 setup I now have is excellent and I'm not sure if there is much room for improvement, at least not as long as I want to be able to carry the system in a backpack.

    On the DSLR side, my Nikon system works. D700 finally allows me to use my lenses like they were intended, and all my lenses seem to outresolve the D700 sensor. The D700 opens up for new possibility with it's high ISO performance. The Nikon system has some weaknesses but it is a broad system that works. There is of course a wishlist - better glass, more pixels, better bokeh, etcetera, the stuff we discuss here day in and day out. So... moderately content if not truly happy.

    Of course the latest MFDB chips make for interesting reading, but still way too much of an investment and writeoff to make sense for a landscape shooter.

    In short I'd say money can indeed buy you happiness.
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Oh my....this was written a few days too early....

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    She is at B&H RIGHT NOW. Waiting to see how much trouble she is causing over there. She feel in lust over the Zeiss 135 1.8 . Maybe one of the single reasons I would buy a A900 is just for that lens. I tried it at PMA and it was instant lust.
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    You people are all evil. Hell for you Guy and Jack is going to be a parallel universe where only one camera system will ever exist....
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    one curious thing about the sony/zeiss 16-35, 24-70 and 135/1.8 is that they are nearly exactly the same physical size and very similar looking (except for the missing zoom ring).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    one curious thing about the sony/zeiss 16-35, 24-70 and 135/1.8 is that they are nearly exactly the same physical size and very similar looking (except for the missing zoom ring).
    Yes,
    They are remarkably similar and especially on the 24-70 and 16-35 have to look on the lens.

    If I even decided to jump to Sony putting the kit together is going to be quite a challenge. Not a lot of stock out there.

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    calumet and willoughby's have stock. B&H has little

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    calumet and willoughby's have stock. B&H has little
    Calumet I think had one of the lenses. I haven't been to Willoughby's in years but he did say they have the 24-70. If I switched over and got the system not sure if I want this lens however, for the next month the "kit" is $300 off. Even the Sony rep said putting it all together was going to take some searching.

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    I see this one is a done deal, just thinking about it I can tell your on your way. Start listing that Nikon stuff

    Okay I have been a bad boy and put the bug in her ear. I cause so much trouble around here surprised I have not banned myself.
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    I thought Iceland was supposed to be cheap.
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    I didn't spend a dime!

    I've posted this AM on the thread in the Sony Forum about IF!!!! I were to go to Sony, what is the ideal kit. So, Guy you are welcome to give opinions on the two hypothetical kit configurations !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    I thought Iceland was supposed to be cheap.


    Sorry, I am still laughing my butt off at Terry's first comment in this thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    I didn't spend a dime!

    I've posted this AM on the thread in the Sony Forum about IF!!!! I were to go to Sony, what is the ideal kit. So, Guy you are welcome to give opinions on the two hypothetical kit configurations !!!
    Damn I am in enough trouble now. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post


    Sorry, I am still laughing my butt off at Terry's first comment in this thread!
    I guess you would be talking about this statement

    "I hate big cameras so the D700 will not be replaced and it will last me for a looong time."

    I guess you and I never discussed my definition of long time and how that has changed after meeting the folks around here.

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    Never say I am done buying. Ever

    And Jack taught me that one the gear slut. LOL
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    I guess you and I never discussed my definition of long time and how that has changed after meeting the folks around here.
    If you're a goldfish, 'long time' is, apparently, 27 seconds

    If you're a photographer, it is, in fact 8.3 minutes.

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Am I happy with my current system? No! I like certain aspects of the Nikon and Oly systems, but it's all still a compromise at the moment.

    I'm currently rather fond of my most recent buy - a Panasonic TS-1. It sort of reminds me of the feeling I had when I had the Yashica T2 and T3's and being able to take pictures without the worry of the elements. Image quality is surprising and seems to best the Ricohs I've owned (newer technology I suppose.)

    If size wasn't an issue, then the D700 would suit me fine, or maybe even the New Sony, but I've discovered over the past several years that size is a huge issue with me and determines whether or not the camera goes with me or stays at home, when it's not a paying gig.

    I'm sort of hopeful that the new Oly M4/3 will be worth getting, but in all honesty, I'm starting to think that I would be better served by simply lowering my expectations and making due with what I have. After all I can get excellent images with my current set ups.

    I just sort of long for the days with something like a M6, OM1, FM2, where the lenses and bodies were small and there was no crop factor and a body didn't set you back five or six grand.

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    so how many of you that started this thread have already changed systems?

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    Great question, not me yet. LOL

    Although temptation is coming this week a P40+
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    Love my 5D kit, Rollei 6002 for MF and Contax G2 for walk around.
    BUT, the G10 - aaargh!
    I gave it to the girlfriend. They have a lot in common. Not sharp and too noisy.

    So I'm still shopping (for both!)

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    There went your sex life. LOL
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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    I did a bit of equipment rationalizing last year, unloaded my 1DsII and Canon lenses in favour of the a900 (with a700 backup) and a broad array of lenses. I need only a Sony 500 or 600 mm to be completely satisfied with the set-up. This is my "birds, critters and travel" outfit.

    My Phase P45+ system is my first love and I'm ecstatic about it. I have most of the lenses but I'd really like a good T&S. It's my landscape and "contemplative photography"outfit.

    So yes, I'm happy with my systems and don't anticipate changing anything except for getting the two lenses mentioned.

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    I like my leica m8 system 24 35 50 75 all luxes. ad a wate and a mate. My canon system I like as well. though when I shoot with both canon and leica together I like the leica look better. My canon sysytem is 16-35 mk 11 24-70 and the 105 85 f1.2 135 f2 300 2.8 400 2.8 current and the 70 200 both f4 and 2.8 . I take the lighter zooms when not shooting sports and working for my local paper the 300 and 400 are for shooting profootball. I have a contax system as well but waitng for a cheap digital back. Me If I did not shoot for meney would prpbably go sony for my slr nice files

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    Re: Are you happy with your current system.

    Funny thing is, that with the OM gear that I used for 30 years, two bodies and three lenses, I was very happy, and didn't feel a strong need to upgrade or change. There was always a slight urge, but not enough to make me open my wallet. Now, there's stuff everywhere. Still, I mostly use three lenses (17-50, 80-200 and 85) and two bodies (S5 and D80).

    I'm very happy with the S5, but it lacks resolution, which is a problem, since I sell photos on occasions. Some of the Nikkors are great too (85/1.8, 105/micro and 80-200/AF-S), but I miss small, fast, good quality primes, like the ones I used with the OM system. Size is a problem. I travel a lot, and carrying all the gear is tiring.

    Plan A is to buy a Pentax K-7 with a few primes, the 16-50 and the 50-135. I'm a bit skeptical with regards to the sensor, but I have to try. If it's good, I'll buy another body and more lenses. Size, primes, viewfinder, ergonomics, in-body IS and weather sealing are the key selling points for me.

    The alternative would be Olympus. I was very happy with the E-1, and I still have the 11-22, but the E-3 is such a big, bulky box, or at least that is the feeling I'm left with every time I try one. And there are hardly any primes, except my little collection of OM lenses, but they are all manual focus, and none are really wide on 4/3

    Lately, I've started using the OM-3 again. I can actually see myself buying another body, since the current one is a bit tired. I would even like to buy more lenses (I have seven now, spanning from 21 to 200mm), but the ones I would like are the expensive ones.

    Conclusion? I'm kind of half happy. I don't think a Pentax will solve every problem on earth, but in combination with a Nikon/Fuji system (or Sony, if I can afford it) and OM for film, I'll probably have most bases covered. I might also buy an Olympus body for my 11-22. There's nothing like it anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    I work around (you will see me point on the ground 5 yards in front of a sport shot because I learned that where the Contax just insists on focusing) (maybe 25 lenses)
    Obviously the screen is not aligned. If you ALWAYS have backfocus you have to lower the screen. The Contax screen is mounted on two little bridges. Under the bridges there are thin shims... remove one (but be careful: a difference of just 0.05mm [!] is clearly visible). Too you should check if the finder mask lifts the screen. The Contax masks fit to tight... you have to cut the notches on one side to make them a bit bigger - other wise they get strain and may lift the screen.
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