Gear


LEICA M240

My dream camera and I'm totally engaged to it. Here is my experience about this amazing camera.


Nikon FM2 with 50mm F/1.4 AIS


My mother brought it to my father as a gift way before I was born. I used it the first time when I was 6 and it had left inside the storeroom for more than 18 years before I took it back, I found out the shutter was jammed and the lens was hasty, I send it to the repair shop and the master fixed and clean it up splendidly. 

P.S why Nikon don't make the DF camera looks like the FM2? IMO the FM2 looks 100 times better than the DF.


Gear from the past


Fuji X-E2 (APS-C)

Retro, good looking (it is so important to me), very good high ISO performance 
(totally useable @ 6400 ), quick enough auto focus.

Review is HERE

Lens

35mm F/1.4 R(50mm FOV)
It is gorgeous, the image looks amazing from this lens. The only quirk is the autofocus noise which don't bother me at all but I'm sure someone rather hate it. For me, it is a must have lens for the Fuji X system. I use this lens to do the portrait work and it never fails me ^^. 

18mm F/2 R(28mm POV)
Good lens, but not as spectacular as the 35mm. Very versatile for street and landscape shot. 


Leica M6 with 35mm Summicron 6 Elements
I don't think I need more explanation of this one, My dream is to own a Leica (digital more prefer) and this is kinda a dream come true. Seriously, it is way too expensive and I'm still not sure I will keep it for long. Anyways, the shooting experience from a rangefinder camera is nothing I can compare and I'm enjoying it so much. 

Olympus OMD (Micro 4/3)
 Stylish, tiny, light, solid, lighting auto focus speed.  The only bad thing of this camera is the battery life (You need 3 batteries for you to shoot freely in a full day)

Lens:

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F/1.8 (35mm FOV)
My go-to-lens for my OMD especially for my street work. The Image quality is excellent along with the lighting quick AF. Anyways the best thing of this lens is have the snap manual focus design because I used manual focus with the DOF chart more than 80% of the chance for my street photography. 

Street photography is all about to capture the special moment in a split second, I need something faster than Autofocus to catch it. That's the reason why I use manual focus along with Zone focusing technique. 17mm F/1.8 or (12mm F/2) is unbeatable to do this kind of job

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F/1.8 (90mm FOV)
Small size, fast focus(not as fast as 17mm) with excellent image quality(track sharp at F/1.8). Since I'm a 35mm or 50mm guy focal length guy, 45mm (90mm equivalent) is not my fav focal length, so that I only use the lens occasionally, but doesn't mean it isn't good. Actually it is a excellent, plus it is just $2400 HKD($300 US), I don't think any better price/quality lens for the M43 system.

Viogtlander 25mm F/0.95 (sold)
Good looking (just look so good with the OMD), built like a tank with smooth and dreamy rendering but very expensive 
around ($1000 USD).
It brought me to the manual focusing word and it is a a gorgeous portrait lens (smooth rendering). My photography improved a lot from the use of this lens because it required me to slow down and look for the details before I pressed the shutter.
I sold it because I don't justify the cost and also I want to have 2 cameras; 1 for 35mm and the one for 50mm field of view. As a result, I sold it to fund the Fuji X-E1 with 35mm F/1.4 R.

Panasonic 14mm F/2.5 ASPH (24mm FOV) (sold)
cheap, tiny and portable lens with fair image quality, it makes my OMD feel like a point-and-shoot camera.

Fuji X-E1, Fuji x10, Canon 40D with 50mm F/1.8 II and Sigma 17-50 F/2.8