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Old 01-10-2017   #1
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what does your kit look like now?

i know some folks here keep the same basic kit over a long period of time...and that some folks keep the gear juices flowing by buying/selling/trading their gear on a pretty regular basis.

anyone care to share what their present day kit looks like?
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Old 01-10-2017   #2
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I've been downsizing/refining like crazy. My only digital camera is my phone! This may change, however; wouldn't mind an X-e1 with the 18-55 or a GR.

Trying to sell my Bronica SQ-B kit as I've decided to get another Fuji GA645 (or two). Currently have a beat up Pentax MX, Olympus XA, and a Ricoh GR10. That's it. Oh, and an Instax.
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I have an F-1 and 50/1.8 laying around but that's a backup and hasn't been used in a fair amount of time (2+ years). I've had the same kit for 3-ish years with no changes aside from the addition of the IIIg which I already owned but just hadn't been serviced.
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Much the same as it has for the last ten years. An additional M body and the addition of a DSLR for the action stuff but no changes in direction.

Sold a couple of bodies which didn't suit and didn't really add anything either .
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Old 01-10-2017   #5
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Mostly digital. Sony A6000, Zeiss 32/1.8, Sony 50/1.8, and Sony 70-200/4.

Just purchased a Leotax DL folder. Pretty fun to use and very tiny for 120 film. Lens appears to be pretty good looking at the negs. Hopefully, not as slippery a slope as Leica was when I owned my first M3.
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Old 01-10-2017   #6
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Mostly my M6



or IIIG and Summitar when I want somethin lighter.



Use some other cameras from time to time (Olympus Pen F, OM1, Rolleiflex SL35e) but mostly stick to the M5 and IIIG.

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Pretty much the same as before.
A pile of manual focus film cameras and lenses, my .44 S&W model release, parachute, $50,00.00 in Kruggerrands sewn into the bag lining, condoms, silk stockings, Beef Jerky, you know, the usual necessities for good street photography.
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Old 01-10-2017   #8
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I realized that my preferred FOV is 40<x<50

I've been considering a Leica M9 recently, but I still don't have the money for it and don't want to sell my analogue kit. I don't shoot much, but the saved time processing would be appreciated.
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M4-2 is in service since November 29th 2016, waiting for parts. I switched to M3 with different 50mm lenses, took dozen of rolls after work few times. Printed under enlarger some pictures.
Now on weekends I tend to use M-E with 50 or 35mm, often set to bw. Printing with pigment inks at home. ISO1600-2500 is helping with lack of light time of the year.
And for this week as to go everywhere camera on working days I have Smena-8m.

Thinking of selling as much as possible, keep on saving, working hard and getting used Monochrom to toss it around if something interesting might be available after work which often comes under low light. And going to continue to use mechanical only film RF as well for daily use under bright S16.
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Early last year I started buying Fuji equipment to replace or supplement my Canon and Olympus (older E system). Most of the Fuji gear was purchased used, on sale or "open box". Since then I've retired the Olympus system and I haven't used the Canon equipment in months.

Currently I have one Think Tank bag holding two X-Pro 1 bodies with 35/1.4 and 23/1.4 lenses and an X-E2 with 14/2.8. A smaller Think Tank bag holds an X100S (fixed 23/2 lens), an X-E2S with 35/2 and a Ricoh GRII (fixed 18mm lens) with the Ricoh GR wide angle conversion lens attachment. A few pieces are floating "wild cards": 18/2, 27/2.8, 60/2.4 and a second X100S.

Most used? That would be an X100S and the Ricoh GRII. They're just so small and easy to take along all the time.
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somewhere along the line i had made up some rules that i firmly thought had to be adhered to...like no more than 3 lenses in a kit...any more than 3 and it would knock me for a loop and i'd be too confused as to which to use and wind up carrying them all and using none of them or just one lens.
recently i threw all the stupid rules out and decided that i was staying with fuji, that i would buy what i wanted when i could afford it and i was not going to sell anything in order to pay for new stuff! it's been a release of sorts and the tension i felt has been melting away.
i have 4 bodies, 2 xe1 and 2 xe2 bodies...i'd like to get a xpro2 but also wonder if an xe3 might be coming along...the xe series is my favourite body style and does what i need it to do...i have great lenses too...16/23/56/50-200...i'd like the 90 someday but there is no rush...
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recently i threw all the stupid rules out and decided that i was staying with fuji, that i would buy what i wanted when i could afford it and i was not going to sell anything in order to pay for new stuff! it's been a release of sorts and the tension i felt has been melting away...
No offense, but to be honest, I don't really understand the purpose of having a "kit." It sounds like you are restricting use of specific lenses to a specific body, i.e., these 3 lenses for Body A and these other 3 lenses for Body B, and never the twain shall meet. Seems more practical to say: I have 2 bodies and 6 lenses.

My RF film gear consists of 2 ZI bodies and 7 lenses from 21mm to 50mm. When I feel like shooting film, I grab one of the ZI's and 1-4 lenses, depending on my mood. Sometimes, I spread out the FL range: 21-28-50; other times, I'll grab the Sonnar and Planar because I feel like shooting a 50mm lens for the day.

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Old 01-10-2017   #13
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Changes in the past year: Sold a Hasselblad Xpan1 kit to help finance a like-new, M-P 240, Leica pre-certified. With that $750 discount that Leica was running through Nov30, the cost was no more than that of a good condition used M.

I sold an excellent Minolta APO 400mm 4.5 lens, not getting enough use to justify keeping. Devoted some of the cash to buy the "newest" version Leica R vario-elmar 80-200 lens and an R to M adapter for hand-holdable short to mid-tele shooting with the M and EVF.

Together with other lenses, the kit fits nicely into a Think Tank Retrospective 7 bag with room to spare. Finally, I bought insurance to cover these items! Burned once when traveling, I learned a painful lesson!
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'kit' as in a grouping of gear...not necessarily meant as a purpose driven group of gear for a particular goal.
i think it's an english phrase...
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'kit' as in a grouping of gear...not necessarily meant as a purpose driven group of gear for a particular goal.
i think it's an english phrase...
I don't get the rationale behind the reason to group them if they are all the same mounts. In your case, I'd say that your 'kit' consists of 4 bodies and 4 lenses. But again, whatever works for you.
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No offense, but to be honest, I don't really understand the purpose of having a "kit." It sounds like you are restricting use of specific lenses to a specific body, i.e., these 3 lenses for Body A and these other 3 lenses for Body B, and never the twain shall meet. Seems more practical to say: I have 2 bodies and 6 lenses.

My RF film gear consists of 2 ZI bodies and 7 lenses from 21mm to 50mm. When I feel like shooting film, I grab one of the ZI's and 1-4 lenses, depending on my mood. Sometimes, I spread out the FL range: 21-28-50; other times, I'll grab the Sonnar and Planar because I feel like shooting a 50mm lens for the day.

Whatever works.

To my, a kit is something I grab most often than not. Got lots of 50's and sometimes I bring a Cron, sometimes the Lux, or maybe both. Like you said, sometimes I bring 28-50-90 or 35-50, etc. whatever the mood or the expected situation.

I dont think is restriction, but mostly an habit thing. Got SLR and TLR that sometimes get use, but for the day to day, mostly stick to a RF, which is what I would call "my kit"


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I don't get the rationale behind the reason to group them if they are all the same mounts. In your case, I'd say that your 'kit' consists of 4 bodies and 4 lenses. But again, whatever works for you.
i think we're saying the same thing...
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Old 01-10-2017   #19
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My current 'kit'

Leica M4 Original BP, Leica MP alc, 35 ver IV cron, Voigtlander 50mm f2.5 color skopar

Nikon SP 2005 with 35mm f1.8 and 50mm f1.4 millennium - working up the strength to sell this wonderful kit. Tried it, fun to use but a little 'slower' to operate when compared to my leica's. This is by no means a problem with the camera.... I am just more used to shooting with M's
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Old 01-10-2017   #20
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Well, don't really have a kit per se but......
In 35mm most likely to grab my Pen F (the real Pen F) for which I have;
20mm f3.5
25mm f 4
38mm f 1.8
100mm f3.5
Less often the M4-2 with;
28mm f11 (no, really, f11)
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Leica CL and the rest of the outfit; unchanged for decades; the Pentax ME replaced by the ME super a few years ago; the Olympus XA2 on the sick list and the XA I bought when new replaced for the second time but the XA2 replaced it the first time. (FWIW, I only get through about 25 to 30 films a year.)

Those are what I use most, on the digital side I've had the Leica Digilux-2 for a long, long time; apart from a few months when it went back to Germany under guarantee for a new sensor. But my wife, a few months ago, stopped using the digital Olympus mju-300 she borrowed just after I bought it many years ago.

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I'm down to my core:
  • Leica II with 35 and 50 lenses (Canon LTM and nickel Heliar)
  • Sony A7 with 17, 35, 50, 85, 135 lenses (Tamron Adaptall and Canon FDs)
  • Super Ikonta B 6x6
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I have some flashes and light stands etc, two computers (Mini and G4) and two older but good scanners. One bag. Some developing kit.

The Horseman was on the block too (again) but I have a busload of nice 220 films and this is the only camera that can take them.

I'm selling to clean my head and house, and to pay off bills from terminating my business. It feels good.
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I forgot to mention that as for film slr I have the Chinon CX and two lenses bought forty years ago and the Pentax ME Super gifted about thirty years ago but recently supplemented with an MX last year .
Ive settled on the DP Merrill for digital compacts but have kept up with the GRD line and have had a V for some time.
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After several years of using my Edixa Prismaflex, it finally started acting up so I've set it aside. I also sold the Zorki to a friend, so that's also gone. The only constant for the past year of so has been the Pilot 6. Currently I'm testing a Leotax Semi R and recently shot a roll through a Tower Reflex. We'll see if they stay in use.

I have a feeling the Pilot 6 will remain my choice for medium format, but who knows what'll step in for the Prismaflex and Zorki.
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This Zonlai 25mm (in FX mount) is my latest X-E1 playpal.
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I have the Sumitar on my Fuji xe2, and the ricoh GR.

More or less 75 mm and 28 mm equivalents. I used to think I wanted a 50mm, but even when I put on the zoom, I tended to go to both ends of its' range. The 18 - 55 is ok, but it shows machining marks in its' bokeh balls. Both the Sumitar and the Jupiter 8 are way better in that regard.
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I have a few "kits" but they are pretty much interchangeable.

M3 w/50 Lux ASPH and Plus-X
M2 w/35 Lux ASPH FLE and Neopan
M6 w/Provia 100F (soon to be Ektachrome 100)

M240 w/28 Cron & 50 Cron APO

21 SEM & 90 Elmarit as a wildcard when needed. Also, have the Rolleiflex 2.8C, Leica 1A, and Graflex Speed Graphic when I want something different.

I have owned almost every lens in the Leica lineup. I'm not kidding. While I do miss a few lenses, I feel this gets the job done.
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My entire kit is rather extensive. GAS hit me pretty hard for a number of years, and I tend to hold on to what I have rather than trade or sell. I do not mean to boast; I am fortunate to have such a collection.

At the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 I created a list of which camera bodies and lenses I would use for 2016. The list was very restrictive, at one body per film size (135, 127, and 120) plus one DSLR. I felt I needed that restriction to keep away from the constant indecision that had me worried about my sanity.

When I wrote the list, I lived in a smallish place where space was at a premium, so the gear was located throughout the house, organized in small groups. Things changed when I moved to a different city and wound up with a house that had a full basement. I could at long last organize everything, which I spent hours doing. The reason it took so long: 4 Leica RFs, a dozen Olympus OM bodies, 8 TLRs, 2 DSLRs, several other 35mm cameras, about 80 lenses, along with backgrounds, bellows, studio strobes, flash units, tripods, developing gear, transmission densitometer, grey cards, camera bags, slide projectors, and several other odds and ends (all very necessary, of course).

The list that I so carefully and adamantly wrote up got tossed. So it is back to indecision, but my kit lately mainly consists of the Leica IIIG, OM bodies (with different focusing screens to match different lens types, such as macro, 500mm telephoto, or standard focal length), and a Canon 5DII DSLR for when the pictures have to be shared with others fairly quickly. The TLRs have not been touched in months; I do hear them calling, though.
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My go to "kit" is a GX7 with 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8 in a Domke satchel. I take this with me nearly everywhere I go.

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I have lost count of the cameras I have. Have just started the process of purchasing a M6. I will pair it with a VC 35/2.5 for the time being. That will be my 35mm "kit."

Will be trying to drastically reduce my "arsenal."
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I currently use the M8 and M9, plus E-P2 and E-PL1 as my digital cameras, and when I use film, I use the SWC and M6 and M3. I may have 50 rangefinder lenses. No downsizing here.
I do have some favorites for daily use.

M8 with a 50mm lens for a short portrait lens. Usually, it is CV 50/1.5 or the original Nokton 50/1.5 or a Rigid Summicron 50/2 or an adapter Schneider Xenon 50/2.8 ot an adpater Pentax-M 50/1.4.

M9 with pre-asph Lux 35/1.4 is a good match. So is a Biogon 35/2. Sometimes, I borrow from the M8 a 50mm lens.
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I recently acquired a RX1R II and it's now in my bag full-time. Having a (sort of) pocketable body really makes casual shooting much easier.

If I need something other than 35mm, I'll bring an A7rII with 21mm/75mm lenses.
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Recently my kit has been a Leica M-D 262 with 50 Summicron. I typically use the same kit for a while but it's subject to change (just picking a different set off the shelf) without notice!
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My kit is:

Bodies: Leica Q, Leica M240, Leica MP
Lenses: 21mm Voigtlander f/1.8, 35mm Summicron ASPH, 50mm Summilux ASPH, 90mm Elmarit-M
Medium format: Mamiya 7 + 80mm

I have a few other lenses that I rarely use, but the above is the main kit.

What I use on any given day depends on what I'm shooting. I have an ongoing street photography project on a local suburb which I am shooting on digital (Leica Q, Leica M240 + 50mm + 90mm in the bag); I have a long-term documentary project which I am shooting on C-41 medium format film; and I use the Leica MP + 35mm as my daily camera with B&W film.

Feeling pretty settled with what I have now - I was in Hong Kong last week & while I checked out the many shops selling secondhand Leica gear at reasonable prices, I wasn't tempted to buy anything new!
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I am working on distilling my gear into something smaller, and more potent. I want to go from a bunch of OK things to a few awesome things.

To wit:

RF Kit: Currently Leica M2, Bessa R2, Jupiter-8, Summitar 50/2, Canon 85/2, CV 35/2.5. I'd like to get a 50/1.1 Nokton or some other fast 50, as I love speed. Could swap the summitar out to fund part of it. I'd also like to swap the slow but very nice 35 for one of the CV 1.4s.

35mm SLR: Pentax K-5, LX, MX, Me Super, K1000, ZX-L/ZX-7. Nothing likely to change much with the bodies. Would love a k-1, someday.

Zoom Lenses are a 17-35 f/2.8-4, 28-70 f/2.8, and I am deciding between the 70-300 f/4-5.6 Quantaray (A Sigma product) or the Pentax 80-320, and wether or not to keep my Tokina 100-300 f/4 as well, as it's the only manual focus zoom I have.

Prime lenses start at an absolutely exquisite Sigma 24mm f/1.8, the Excellent Pentax 35mm f/2, the Pentax 50mm f/1.4, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro, and a Sears 135 f/2.8 which is probably actually a Rikenon. All but the Sears are AF. I don't really have much in the way of aspirations for my Pentax kit, except perhaps an AF 70-200 f/2.8 of some sort someday. All the lenses are equipped with aperture rings with an A-setting to be backward-compatible all the way to the K1000, or forward to the K-5.

Because grabbing a Pentax kit can sometimes take a while, I keep a grab-and-go 3-lens 28/3.5 50/1.4 135/2.8 Minolta Rokkor set with an XG-M.

For medium format, I have 3 systems: A Bronica with the 50, 75 and 135 lenses and two backs, a Pentax 6x7 with 44/4, 105/2.4 and 165 f/2.8, with a 300/4 on the way. I also have a Mamiya with an 80/2.8 and a 180/4.5. The spread of focal lengths and views is pretty nicely spread to give the three kits a good bit of versaitlity. I'd ideally like to get something to replace the Bronica's 135, as it's quite big and slightly broken, and the Mamiya's 80 is duplicated in my fixed-lens TLR, and I would like to replace it with something else.

For 4x5, I have a 7.5" f/5.6 in barrel on my Graflex, and for my Toko field camera I have a 101mm f/5.5 Soft Focus, 150mm f/5.6/265mm f/12 convertible Schneidier, 75mm Rodenstock and 210mm Schneider.

The 8x10 Korona field camera has always had a Fuji 300/5.6, but I've just added a 210mm f/5.6, which if it proves itself, will also replace the 210 for the 4x5 and pull double duty, with both cameras eventually adapted to share lens boards.

I have a Pentax Q, Sony NEX 5-N and Olympus E-PL1, as well. I have native lenses for them, but never use them. I have PK adapters for all, and Minolta Rokkor and Leica M adapters for the Sony and Olympus. Eventually I'd like to replace the NEX with an A7.

Fixies include a Yashica 635 TLR, Retina IIa from Kodak, and my ubiquitous Sony RX-100.

So, you can see my plans to cook this kit down and make it better and smaller at the same time. They are tools; I don't collect.
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I had a lot of stuff I rarely used that I sold over the last year after losing my teaching job. Right now I still have a bunch of unused stuff, but my actual work is all done with two cameras and lens systems now.

For black and white, I use a Mamiya 6 rangefinder with the full lens system (50, 75, and 150mm lenses).

For color, a Canon 5DmkII with the Canon 24-105mm f4L-IS lens that came with it; a Tokina 17-35mm f4 ATX-Pro lens (a very sharp and inexpensive ultrawide zoom!), and an ancient 1980s Canon EF 70-210mm f4 zoom that is surprisingly good for an old non-L zoom that cost me $50 on eBay.

I use a Zone VI modified Pentax Spotmeter V for my BW work and a Sekonic L-758DR meter for my digital work. The Sekonic is an incredible meter; I profiled my 5DmkII using the Sekonic profiling target and software and it works magnificently. That's one item that will have to be pried out of my cold dead hands.

I've shot very little BW over the last year because of my health problems. I just haven't felt up to standing on my feet in my cold basement to develop film, so the Canon has really been my main system for a while now.
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Oh, gosh, I guess my answer is, to be honest, I don't have any particular kit. I tend to take a film camera along with a digital SLR.

Sometimes I use a camera just to exercise it, after all, a sedentary life leads to parts that quit working!
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