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04-30-2015, 01:10 AM   #1
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What if you could only have 1 camera with one lens....

I'm overthinking my photography and thus also thinking over the gear I have and what I would want in the future.

So what if you are only (allowed) have the option to own and use one lens and camera body?

Would you'r choice be aps-c or maybe smaller like m4/3 or bigger as full frame or 645Z? What lens would you like to have? A prime a zoom? Or would you go with a Point and Shoot like the Sony ff or the Panasonic zoom FZ1000?


(I'm going to think That over todays while I think about what to put up for sale.)


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K-S2 and 16-85 WR. And at the moment I don't own either.
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It would not be a DSLR or a Pentax. Having an interchangeable lens camera and not being able to use all those great lenses would completely defeat the point.

WG-4 maybe?

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I would go 645Z with FA 120 Macro.
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Any camera and any lens, with money no object? Leica M9 and 35mm Summilux f/1.4.
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may as well just keep on with the Q and the 02...seems to be the camera I have with me
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
... Having an interchangeable lens camera and not being able to use all those great lenses would completely defeat the point...
I couldn´t agree more. I have always loved ILCs for their flexibility on the on hand and on the other hand I really admire photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson who managed to take so many admirable pictures with just one camera and a 50mm lens.

However, if it comes to my preferences, I'd go for a K5 or K3 with a superzoom.

For several years I had to take pictures for my employer under circumstances that could easily break the camera or lens. Since I had to use private equipment, I took the Pentax DA 18-250 attached to a *ist D. This cheap and minimalistic eqiupment proved to fulfill 85% of what I normally do. Of course, there is no macro, and there is no fast aperture, but other than that I managed to do all the documentation pictures for my job as well as plenty of private shots that come close to what I would have achieved with my K5 and all my 35 other lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
I'm overthinking my photography and thuis also thinking over the gear I have and what I would want in the future.
To effectively answer this question the first follow up question would be - as a photographer am I focusing in a particular niche - fashion, sports, landscape, street, architecture, travel, portraiture, macro, wildlife, birds,trekking, or do I want to just cover the entire field of photography?

QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
So what if you are only (allowed) have the optioneel to own and use one lens and camera body?
The answer to this is going to be dependant on the answer to the question about - just a specialist niche, or covering the field. If a photographer was wanting to just cover a particular niche, then they would choose the best tools for that job, if covering the whole field, then I suspect a superzoom of some description and body or bridge camera is where you might land.

QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Would you'r choice be aps-c or maybe smaller like m4/3 or bagger as full frame or 645Z? What lens would you like to have? A prime a zoom? Or would you go with a point and Shoot like the Sony ff or the Panasonic zoom FZ1000?
There are still a lot of assumptions/questions needed to even get close to answering this question objectively, in addition to the niche or whole field question above

Do you want portability or not?
Are you shooting off a tripod or not?
Natural light or flash/strobe shooting?
WR or not WR required?
Image quality required?
Inside or outside?
Low light or daylight?
Moire inducing subjects or not?

Once a photographer has answers to the niche or general field questions, and the list above, plus quite a few more no doubt, then a decision matrix could be developed, and the best, affordable, compromise, or other camera body and lens could be selected based on that matrix.

Best wishes with that.

The reason I personally have a K3 and a range of prime and zoom lenses is to allow me to try different niches and enjoy them. I get a lot of enjoyment out of landscape photography - where if I was restricted to just body and one lens I would probably head to Medium Format and a high quality wide angle lens. I own neither of these yet - as I have preferred the more 'swiss army knife' approach using a DSLR gives me, as opposed to a very specialist tool that is represented by a Medium Format camera
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
What if you could only have 1 camera with one lens
Assuming this is a real world practical limitation and not just a hypothetical - my k5 with the Sigma 18-250 super zoom.
Given this limitation versatility becomes the name of the game.
Not ideal but then what is?

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D700, + 35mm f3.5

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Leica m + 35mm summilux FLE
... smaller than the 645z, but better quality than anything else that's cheaper. Now if they made a smaller version of the 645, say a mirrorless version, and maybe a pancake lens for it....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
Any camera and any lens, with money no object? Leica M9 and 35mm Summilux f/1.4.
What he said. ^^^ Seems obvious to me, really.
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For my daily carry - the K3 and the DA21HD

For all those other purposes mentioned above, all the other lenses one acquires... ;-)
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my K-50 and the new lens that arrived yesterday: Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3DC

while not ideal, it'll cover most of my usual shots and will still be better than the Fuji superzoom camera I moved up from....
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