what photography related item did you buy this week?

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A few months ago I had bought the EP-5 that I just listed for sale, but for some reason, I never warmed up to it, something felt missing from the Olympus EP-1 I have that I didn't enjoy using it. Guess some purchases have to have that emotional feel to it lol.

Found a GX85 on Facebook marketplace and ended up buying it, and so far I feel like it a lot more and while it is made out of plastic, it feels like that successor to the GF1 I enjoyed using for years.
 

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Lucky to win a $500 Visa gift card at a raffle. Used it towards a Sony A7ii body in excellent condition from UsedPhotoPro.com. I've always wondered what I might be missing using my old m42 lenses on a full frame camera. In a few days I'll find out.
 
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Lucky to win a $500 Visa gift card at a raffle. Used it towards a Sony A7ii body in excellent condition from UsedPhotoPro.com. I've always wondered what I might be missing using my old m42 lenses on a full frame camera. In a few days I'll find out.
I would be interested in hear your opinion on that. It is a body that I occasionally look at but always get cold feet when I try to find lenses for it that are small, cheap, and have great IQ :)
 

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Just received a PD pro pad for a capture clip:
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Since I've been selling all my Fujifilm gear (I'm almost done with it), I decided to pull the trigger on this beauty, I always wanted to own this camera, but I was never able to justify it without selling other gear.

I found it on ebay with a low shutter count and in mint condition for 645 USD, it included the FL-LM3 flash and the Olympus 40-150/4-5.6, it was a no brainer.

I purchased a little wood grip that resembles the JB Camera Designs grip that I have on my EM-5 II. I already paired it with my 17/1.8 lens and voila! Beautiful!

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Since I've been selling all my Fujifilm gear (I'm almost done with it), I decided to pull the trigger on this beauty, I always wanted to own this camera, but I was never able to justify it without selling other gear.

I found it on ebay with a low shutter count and in mint condition for 645 USD, it included the FL-LM3 flash and the Olympus 40-150/4-5.6, it was a no brainer.

I purchased a little wood grip that resembles the JB Camera Designs grip that I have on my EM-5 II. I already paired it with my 17/1.8 lens and voila! Beautiful!

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Wow, that was indeed a fantastic value. And the PEN F is such a wonderful camera, especially paired with the O17 f/1.8. I debated a grip like yours, but ended up choosing one with an Arca-compatible baseplate and a wooden grip. The grip definitely improves my experience with the camera.

Might I ask why you've chosen to move on from the Fuji system?

- K
 

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Since I've been selling all my Fujifilm gear (I'm almost done with it), I decided to pull the trigger on this beauty, I always wanted to own this camera, but I was never able to justify it without selling other gear.

I found it on ebay with a low shutter count and in mint condition for 645 USD, it included the FL-LM3 flash and the Olympus 40-150/4-5.6, it was a no brainer.

I purchased a little wood grip that resembles the JB Camera Designs grip that I have on my EM-5 II. I already paired it with my 17/1.8 lens and voila! Beautiful!

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It‘s a wonderful camera, especially with the 17/1.8 or 12/2. Enjoy! I use a Gariz half case for mine.
 

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I would be interested in hear your opinion on that. It is a body that I occasionally look at but always get cold feet when I try to find lenses for it that are small, cheap, and have great IQ :)

I sold my A7ii around 6 months ago. Despite having a dozen or so OM primes, a handful of the Tamron SP primes and some modern Samyang lenses it simply wasn't earning its keep sitting in the closet gathering dust.

Some of the manual focus primes are used on my Sony a6000 body alongside a selection of small, manual focus APS-C lenses. The entire kit fits in a small Domke F-6.
 

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I picked up another G9 body (I sometimes shoot with two and I like to have a backup). It came with a couple batteries and an RSS L-bracket, which I didn't really want, but the price was good.

So, I'll be trying to sell my GX85 soon (the one that got me into things to begin with). If anyone has any advice about selling it (and some lenses), I'd appreciate it, as I've really only acquired gear so far.
 

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Made it 2+ years since my last camera body purchase, but hard to pass up a clean Tough TG-4 from @dlafon

With kids learning to swim, it is the perfect way to capture the summer fun at the pool.
 

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Wow, that was indeed a fantastic value. And the PEN F is such a wonderful camera, especially paired with the O17 f/1.8. I debated a grip like yours, but ended up choosing one with an Arca-compatible baseplate and a wooden grip. The grip definitely improves my experience with the camera.

Might I ask why you've chosen to move on from the Fuji system?

- K

Sure! Until not long ago, I owned the Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-T1 and X-T3 along the following lenses: 10-24/4, 16-55/2.8, 50-140/2.8, 35/1.4, 23/1.4, 16/2.8 and a Kamlan 50/1.1 Mk II.

I ran indistinctly both my Fuji and my M4/3 gear for my personal photography, everything was fine until one day I got exactly the opposite of a GAS attack! One day I started to think that I owned way too much gear and that I wanted to simplify, less is more right? As much as I tried to discard this idea, I could not. I always came to the following conclusion: "When I purchased my first camera yeas ago and I could only afford 2 or 3 vintage lenses at most I dedicated my time to photograph more and to think less about expensive gear, the problem was, that I was doing exactly the opposite! Way to much cameras and lenses and less and less actual photography", that was it. I knew that I had to simplify and reduce the size of my kit. The question was what am I going to sell? Am I going to keep my Fujifilm system or my Micro Four Thirds system?

The first reason that tilted the balance in favour of Micro 4/3 had to do with lenses. I had "equivalent" lenses for both systems, and while Fuji lenses are excellent I don't think they are any better than my Olympus and Panasonic Leica counterparts. Seriously, Micro 4/3 lenses are the best I have used. Why keep the 16-55/2.8 which is massive if I also have the 12-40/2.8 PRO that gives me exactly the same, or maybe even better results in a much smaller form factor. Why keep the wonderful 35/1.4 (this lens was definitely my favorite in the Fuji world, optically it is a beautiful lens) if I have the Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 which focuses many times faster and quieter than the good old 35/1.4 and can give me the same wonderful results?

The second reason had to do with image quality. Was Fujifim image quality at ISOs like 3200 or 6400 better than M4/3? Sure it was. Did it matter to me? No. I rarely have to shot anything above ISO 1600, and if I have to we now have a great program called Dxo Photolab 4 which has something called DeepPrime for noise reduction which simply does wonders. One of the weaknesses in Micro 4/3 can effectively be solved with extremely good results.

The third and final reason had to do with the camera bodies. Fuji is now offering IBIS but none of my cameras had IBIS and I didn't want to spend more money on the newer models when I have the best IBIS in the industry with Olympus. High resolution mode on a Fuji? Not a thing, same with Live Composite. Being fair I have to say that my X-T3 had lots of wonderful video features that none of my Olympus cameras have, but since I don't do video they were not useful to me.

Fujifilm film simulations and highly praised jpeg recipes were something that got my eye very early when I decided that I wanted to try the Fuji X system, in reality they never worked for me. As much as I wanted to find a recipe that made me stop shooting raw or at least consider shooting jpeg more frequently I couldn't. Being fair again, the highly praised Fujifilm colours are indeed beautiful, I really like to work with a camera that gives me a good starting point on my raw developer and Fuji accomplishes that. The thing is that Olympus colours have always ticked the box on that regard as well.

Autofocus was something that let me down a little bit during the time I used the Fuji X cameras. In theory the AF on the X-T3 is supposed to be excellent, my experience was a mixed bag. It always gave me focus confirmation instantly, even with lenses like the older F1.4 lenses, but a lot of times the picture was not in focus. Why? I don't know, but it frustrated me very often. One day I watched a video on youtube called "Mis problemas de enfoque con la X-T3 y X-T4" that described exactly my issue, (the video is in Spanish, but it has English captions). Ironically, older bodies like the X-Pro1 combined with older lenses, while very slow and noisy by today standards were always accurate. On the other hand, I never had any issues regarding AF with an Olympus or Panasonic camera, even with cameras like the EM-5 II that are based on contrast detect AF. Jeeze! That camera has always been fast and accurate. Note here: I don't use C-AF, only S-AF. I understand that if you try to use C-AF with bodies like the EM-5 II it is basically useless.

As a final statement to my answer, since I first tried a Micro 4/3 camera, cameras like the Sony A7R, Canon 60D, Canon 5D Classic and a Canon 6D (and even some of my vintage lenses!) have found their way to a new home, now the Fujis are following the same path. When I joined this forum in April 2019 little I did know that what started as simply curiosity for a modern Olympus camera, was going to change my photography forever! If at that time someone had told me that I was going to sell my Full Frame cameras in favour of Micro 4/3 with "their little, noisy, can't produce bokeh, and many other non-sense sensor" (haha), I would not have believe it.

I'm not saying here that Micro 4/3 is perfect, or that other camera systems are not valid. I have owned and used other brands, but this system convinced me that while technically and on paper it is not the greatest in pure image quality, megapixel count and other specs, it is the system that works the best for me. I can take my sealed cameras and lenses virtually everywhere and if I don't need weather sealing I can also grab a small camera like the EM-5 II or now the Pen F with a small F1.8 prime without any hassle, in both cases I can always trust my gear and I'm sure that I'm not going to be disappointed.

Being completely honest, when Olympus decided to sell its camera division I felt disappointed, and that was one of the reasons that pushed me to try the Fujifilm world... But after some time and considering everything that I wrote before, it could not replace my Micro 4/3 gear... and that is how almost all my Fuji gear is gone.
 
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As I couldn't find a nice Pen F for sale at a decent price, I've ordered an E-PM2 (curse that @John King).
Boxed, complete with 14-42mm lens, charger, flash, strap, two batteries, case, only 400+ shots. :whistling:
Congratulations mate.
Which 14-42 lens, Brian?
If it's the 14-42 EZ, get a JJC auto-opening cap for it.
 

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Congratulations mate.
Which 14-42 lens, Brian?
If it's the 14-42 EZ, get a JJC auto-opening cap for it.
I'm sure it's the earlier version John (the advert disappeared as soon as I ordered it).
I'm not too bothered about the lens as I am hoping to use the body with my 17mm f1.8 lens, which seems to be languishing in the cupboard.

I've already got the 14-42 EZ on my E-M10 mk3 and it is fitted with the JJC auto-cap. :thumbup:

To the other responders, I know damn well the the E-PM2 and Pen F are totally different cameras.
The Pen F is the most gorgeous creature but given what else I've got, I can't justify having one..................yet ;) .

One of the reasons I'm reluctant to try the Pen F is the position of the viewfinder in relation to the screen.
I had a GX80 and hated it as my nose got too squashed. :rolleyes:
Although I said I would never buy another camera without a viewfinder, at least with the E-PM2 my nose will be free to protrude. :D
 

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