“My” Perfect System!
If this is “My” perfect system how does that help you???!!! Well, building a system is all about knowing who you are, what you like to shoot, and what suits you! I’ve been working on my system for the last 45 years, and it has changed many, many, many times, call me fickle, but every change was because I learned something! Since this is a teaching moment, let me walk you through the process:
1. List the kinds of subjects you shoot. If you shoot sports, or NASCAR, or dangerous reptiles, you’re going to need very specialized gear. If you are a travel photographer you will want to have a smaller, lighter system, or if you shoot nature you will want a system with a wide range of lens focal lengths and close-up gear! Get the point, first step is; know thyself!
2. Decide what brand you prefer. Let’s face it there is a lot of great stuff out there, and it is all different in some ways, my advice is pick the size camera you like (small – medium – large) and then pick the one that feels the best in your hands! Read up on the lens system and see what other, more experienced shooters, are saying about the quality of the glass. Read the test reports and see what people think of the brand. Read a lot and average out what you’re hearing!!!! Run your own tests too, it’s easy now that you can rent gear!
3. Determine how much you want to carry and how you are going to work with your system? If you’re young and strong you may love carrying a 70 lb. back pack full of gear. Then again if you’re almost seventy and seen better days, maybe not so much! If you are going to carry a lot of stuff, or if you can’t, you need a plan!!! I’ve got a plan, more on that later!
4. Make a reasonable estimate of your budget. Let’s face it, “almost” no one can buy it all, and even if you could, re-read point three. Once you know what you can afford you can make better choices. Keep in mind that the more you spend does not always mean the more you will get! There are some gear with high value out there.
So my “current” perfect system is listed below, and then some images on how I pack it!
“My” Ultimate System
Fuji X-T1 body with battery pack RRS “L” bracket
Fuji X-T1 body with battery pack RRS “L” bracket (to be added soon)
Fuji X-E2 body with battery pack RRS “L” bracket/grip
Fuji X100s camera with 23mm f 2 RRS “L” bracket and grip
Rokinon 8mm Fisheye f 2.8 lens (12mm Fisheye)
Fuji 10-24 f 4 OIS (15-36) 72mm polarizer
Fuji 14 f 2.8 (21mm) 62mm polarizer
Fuji 23 f 1.4 (35mm) 62mm polarizer
Fuji 35 f 1.4 (52mm) 52mm polarizer
Fuji 56 f 1.2 (85mm) 62mm polarizer
Fuji 60 f 2.4 (90mm) 39mm polarizer
Fuji 18-55 f 2.8-4 OIS (27-83) 58mm polarizer
Fuji 55-200 f 3.5-4.8 OIS (82-300) 62mm polarizer
- Possible Future Additions:
- 16mm f 1.4 (24)
- 16-55 f 2.8 OIS WR (24-84)
- 50-135 f 2.8 OIS WR (75-210)
- 120-400 f ? OIS WR (180-600)
Fuji EF-X80 flash
Nikon Manual Lenses:
200mm Micro Nikkor f 4 IF AF (300mm f 4)
Nikon 200mm f 4 AI-S (300mm f 4)
Nikon 400mm f 3.5 IF-ED AI-S (600mm f 3.5)
Nikon TC-14B Tele-converter
Nikon 3T Diopter (52mm)
Nikon 4T Diopter (52mm)
Nikon 5T Diopter (62mm)
Nikon 6T Diopter (62mm)
Raynox DCR-150 (Variable)
Raynox DCR-250 (Variable)
Canon 250D Diopter (58mm)
Canon 500D Diopter (77mm)
Singh Ray Neutral Density 5 Stop – 10 Stop – 15 Stop (77mm)
Singh Ray Color Intensifier – Tony Sweet Soft Ray – I-Ray (77mm)
Singh Ray Split Neutral Density Soft 2 & 3 stops
In a Guru Gear Kiboko 22L back pack, (now discontinued but replaced with newer better version of the same basic bag), I carry my extra bodies, shown above, Fuji X-Pro 1 (soon to be replaced with a second X-T1) and my wonderful Fuji X100s. a Micro Nikkor 200mm lens and hood, and a 200mm f 4 moderate telephoto manual focus lens (happens to be wonderful for close-up work with diopters.)
In the other lift side of the bag is my long lens, a mint condition Nikon 400mm f 3.5 (one of Nikon’s best long lenses ever). Now it’s manual focus, so for action it is a bear, but anything that sits still, which defines most of what I shoot, it is superlative! It is smaller and lighter than almost any current lens in it range and on the Fuji, because it is a APS-C sensor this lens, is are you ready for this, a 600mm f 3.5 equivalent!
This is the MindShift Gear Filter Hive filled with ND filters and other various specialty filters. I got it at Outdoor Photo Gear, great place to pickup all those things you can never find!
Shot at the top of the page is my entire main Fuji system in a Think Tank Airport Essentials back pack, love that pack, and it holds all the “essentials” perfectly!
So I know what I shoot, what I can carry, (yes I don’t carry all this at once, I put it in the back of my FJ and then fill up a tiny Think Tank Retrospective 5 shoulder bag, (for walking around) If I need something else, I know where it is! Affordability? I have recycled a ton of gear purchased in the past that people still want, thus, money for the newest stuff!
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