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08-03-2021, 11:11 PM   #91
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Minimalist kit? Hmmm. A very good question. I would definitely want a film body and a digital one. The film body would be my Fujica ST801n and Voigtlander Ultron 40mm SL f2, loaded with XP2 Plus. For digital it would be my KP*, F 28mm f2.8 and K 50mm f4 and a lens mount flash diffuser. Finally for sticking in a pocket my Fuji XF10.

Like the OP I have far too much stuff (at least according to SWMBO). Usually whenever I go out to take pictures though, I strip the gear right back - one camera, one lens (to match what I expect to take pictures of). If on a day trip somewhere it is normally either the KP or Fuji X-T1, 28 or 35mm lens and Fuji XF10.

* I had to think long and hard about this. I actually like my K3 and battery grip better, but it is a bit bulky. I have also made it my MF camera by putting a micro-prism viewing screen in it. So maybe I would go with the K3, battery grip, K 30mm f2.8 and A 50mm f2.8 Macro.My heart says this combo, my head says the KP one.


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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
Couple years ago, I bought a Ricoh GR ll. Has an ASP-C sensor.

Does only have a fixed lens...a 28mm F 2.8, but lens quality is good, IMO. Image quality is excellent. It is pocketable, if you have very large pockets, but I carry it around in a small Vanguard pouch, which attaches to my belt.

I bought it when the GR lll had just come out. My GR ll, was new old stock, by then I suppose.

The GR lll has some improved features, but I wanted to stay within my budget. I've been happy with the GR ll. It's a keeper.
For 28mm, my Panasonic 1 inch sensor ZS 100 is excellent and fits in many shirt pockets.. It's only in the long end it's diffraction limited.

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My non-hiking kit is the K-1, M20/4, FA43, FA77.
Fits a small, nondescript bag. I can also carry the camera on a belt holster and the two other lenses in a jacket pocket (in winter). IQ is fantastic, range is quite alright for most city stuff or even portrait (if I carry only the 43 and the 77, the Metz 48 fits in the bag too).


That said, I'm not giving up the more specialized lenses, or the zooms, or... I'm not giving up anything .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Serkevan Quote
My non-hiking kit is the K-1, M20/4, FA43, FA77.
Fits a small, nondescript bag. I can also carry the camera on a belt holster and the two other lenses in a jacket pocket (in winter). IQ is fantastic, range is quite alright for most city stuff or even portrait (if I carry only the 43 and the 77, the Metz 48 fits in the bag too).


That said, I'm not giving up the more specialized lenses, or the zooms, or... I'm not giving up anything .
That sounds like my kind of set up! My annoyance is to choose 35 or 50 as the mid prime. I guess the 43 solves that problem 😃. 50 is better looking than 35 for me, but often a bit narrow.

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That sounds like my kind of set up! My annoyance is to choose 35 or 50 as the mid prime. I guess the 43 solves that problem ��. 50 is better looking than 35 for me, but often a bit narrow.
I somehow really can't get used to 50mm on FF*. It's always either too narrow or too wide, sometimes both . I got the 43 while basically flipping a coin between it and the HD FA 35, but I found a silver MIJ copy for ~350€ and I wanted a Christmas gift... and that way the 77 isn't lonely (now they both look at me, trying to guilt trip me into the 31, but I ain't budging until I see how the DFA 21 performs and costs). IMO it's a very convenient FL - not too wide but not too constricting.


*I'm sure I'd make a DFA* 50/1.4 work if someone were to donate one, but barring that I'm much happier with the 43 weighing 1/6th of the Star
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QuoteOriginally posted by Serkevan Quote
I somehow really can't get used to 50mm on FF*. It's always either too narrow or too wide, sometimes both .
This is exactly how I feel! I find a 55-58mm much easier to use, or a 40-45mm. Talking film or FF here. When it comes to APSC, strangely I find 35mm (52.5mm equivalent) much easier, though still often not perfect, and prefer generally a 28mm.
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On film I rarely use anything but a 50mm. I find it can do just about anything I want it to, and do it well.

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On film I rarely use anything but a 50mm. I find it can do just about anything I want it to, and do it well.
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K-1 and 43
Or Q7 and kit zoom
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Another minimalistic, but versatile option:

GR III in one pocket, GR IIIx in another.
Wide adaptor and tele adaptor in a small bag.
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Another minimalistic, but versatile option:

GR III in one pocket, GR IIIx in another.
Wide adaptor and tele adaptor in a small bag.
I keep my Ricoh GR ll, with it's GH-3 Adaptor attachment and a B+W filter mounted, and covered by a 50 year old Asahi Pentax metal lens cover, felt lined.... all in a small Vanguard belt pouch.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Serkevan Quote
My non-hiking kit is the K-1, M20/4, FA43, FA77.
Fits a small, nondescript bag. I can also carry the camera on a belt holster and the two other lenses in a jacket pocket (in winter). IQ is fantastic, range is quite alright for most city stuff or even portrait (if I carry only the 43 and the 77, the Metz 48 fits in the bag too).


That said, I'm not giving up the more specialized lenses, or the zooms, or... I'm not giving up anything.
Have you checked the values on the M 20/4 lately? They are on the rise and it might just get crazy one of these days. For a long time, I commuted with a Samsung NX100, K mount adapter and M 20/4. It works very well for street photography, but with the lens now considered collectable I have had to rethink the idea. An M 28/2.8 works, but not quite as as well as the 20. I went back to the Samsung 20-50 kit lens.
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Have you checked the values on the M 20/4 lately? They are on the rise and it might just get crazy one of these days. For a long time, I commuted with a Samsung NX100, K mount adapter and M 20/4. It works very well for street photography, but with the lens now considered collectable I have had to rethink the idea. An M 28/2.8 works, but not quite as as well as the 20. I went back to the Samsung 20-50 kit lens.
Huh, here it's been hovering around ~200 for a while. Well if I ever manage to buy that DFA 21 I'd be happy to offset it with the M20's increased price
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