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    Wow! Been busy for a bit hence couldn't reply. Great posts ladies and gents! I see, quite a number of minimalists in the crowd, surprisingly.

    As for m4/3rds. Yes I've definitely considered it. It's almost like a Leica. But the tech is still in its infancy, and I'd rather go with something tried and tested. But I'm definitely keeping a look out for it. Though I did handle my friend's EP1 very briefly. It felt alot like shooting with a consumer camera, didn't really enjoy it. For me the D3100/550D size would be the smallest I'd go as a compromise for pocketability or rather "baggability" and ergonomics.

    It's tough though. I tried the D5000 and didn't like it one bit. Put the D3100 in my hands and it was a different story. I guess its not just the size but the feel - and that's very subjective of course.

    Interesting to see a D700 user going with a relatively small lens.

    The tragedy for Nikon users who like to shoot wide is the dearth of new AF-S wide angle DX lenses. The 35 F1.8 is about the only DX lens. The 14-24 is very tempting BUT its too expensive and heavy. And it's a zoom!!! Sigh. Any options for small, light and affordable wide angle lenses that can AF with a motorless D3100?

    Btw, would love to organise a prime lens/minimalist CS'er outing. Would love to meet up with some of you guys and shoot. Maybe after I return from China and before I fly home for Xmas. Anyone interested? Will post a separate thread some time soon!

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    The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is indeed a very special lens. Although it is manual focus only, I found that I enjoy shooting more than the previous owned nikon 50mm f1.4G.

    I think there are a few sigma prime lenses which can be used for motorless D3100? I'm not so sure.


    Quote Originally Posted by milesandcoltrane View Post
    Wow! Been busy for a bit hence couldn't reply. Great posts ladies and gents! I see, quite a number of minimalists in the crowd, surprisingly.

    As for m4/3rds. Yes I've definitely considered it. It's almost like a Leica. But the tech is still in its infancy, and I'd rather go with something tried and tested. But I'm definitely keeping a look out for it. Though I did handle my friend's EP1 very briefly. It felt alot like shooting with a consumer camera, didn't really enjoy it. For me the D3100/550D size would be the smallest I'd go as a compromise for pocketability or rather "baggability" and ergonomics.

    It's tough though. I tried the D5000 and didn't like it one bit. Put the D3100 in my hands and it was a different story. I guess its not just the size but the feel - and that's very subjective of course.

    Interesting to see a D700 user going with a relatively small lens.

    The tragedy for Nikon users who like to shoot wide is the dearth of new AF-S wide angle DX lenses. The 35 F1.8 is about the only DX lens. The 14-24 is very tempting BUT its too expensive and heavy. And it's a zoom!!! Sigh. Any options for small, light and affordable wide angle lenses that can AF with a motorless D3100?

    Btw, would love to organise a prime lens/minimalist CS'er outing. Would love to meet up with some of you guys and shoot. Maybe after I return from China and before I fly home for Xmas. Anyone interested? Will post a separate thread some time soon!
    Kent Wong Photography |Leica Q & Leica M-P 240 | 75 & 28mm Summilux

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    40d and 35mm shooter
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    Quote Originally Posted by milesandcoltrane View Post
    Wow! Been busy for a bit hence couldn't reply. Great posts ladies and gents! I see, quite a number of minimalists in the crowd, surprisingly.

    As for m4/3rds. Yes I've definitely considered it. It's almost like a Leica. But the tech is still in its infancy, and I'd rather go with something tried and tested. But I'm definitely keeping a look out for it. Though I did handle my friend's EP1 very briefly. It felt alot like shooting with a consumer camera, didn't really enjoy it. For me the D3100/550D size would be the smallest I'd go as a compromise for pocketability or rather "baggability" and ergonomics.

    It's tough though. I tried the D5000 and didn't like it one bit. Put the D3100 in my hands and it was a different story. I guess its not just the size but the feel - and that's very subjective of course.

    Interesting to see a D700 user going with a relatively small lens.

    The tragedy for Nikon users who like to shoot wide is the dearth of new AF-S wide angle DX lenses. The 35 F1.8 is about the only DX lens. The 14-24 is very tempting BUT its too expensive and heavy. And it's a zoom!!! Sigh. Any options for small, light and affordable wide angle lenses that can AF with a motorless D3100?

    Btw, would love to organise a prime lens/minimalist CS'er outing. Would love to meet up with some of you guys and shoot. Maybe after I return from China and before I fly home for Xmas. Anyone interested? Will post a separate thread some time soon!
    Nikon 10-24mm AFS. ONLY 460 gm.
    Even lighter is the Tamron 10-24mm at 370 gm (but cannot confirm whether it has a motor inbuild).

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    Currently I am bringnig just a 1000D + 35 f2.0 + 85 f1.8.
    Canon 1000D | efs 18 - 55 IS | efs 55 - 250 IS | ef 35 f2.0 | ef 85 f1.8 | nissin di622

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    only brought my D90 with af-s 35mm f1.8 for the last few trips to HK.

    Am now questioning myself with i bought the heavy f2.8 zooms..
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    F2, with a 20mm lens.

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    Why restrict lens choices to autofocus? Increasingly, I am finding manual focus faster for the photos that i take. There is no need to fuss around with selecting focus points. Unless you are using continuous focus to track moving objects.

    Though with a crop factor body, being able to judge sharp focus might be tougher.



    Quote Originally Posted by milesandcoltrane View Post

    The tragedy for Nikon users who like to shoot wide is the dearth of new AF-S wide angle DX lenses. The 35 F1.8 is about the only DX lens. The 14-24 is very tempting BUT its too expensive and heavy. And it's a zoom!!! Sigh. Any options for small, light and affordable wide angle lenses that can AF with a motorless D3100?

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    I use a Samsung NX10 + 30mm/F2.0 as mentioned by others here.

    I put it into my "normal" backpack (not camera bag). I think the camera is light and tough enough, and won't be seriously harmed unless run over by a vehicle.

    I also think the class-leading flash, battery life and handling make it the cream of the crop.

    I do not like the NX100. The design does not appeal to me.
    Samsung NX10+30mm, Fuji S6500FD

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    Minimalist for me, is the GF1, with the 9-18mm.

    If the above is "disqualified" coz it's a zoom, then, it's the GF1, with the 25mm Pentax f1.4 and the EVF
    Certainly looks like a cute combo. Strange how some other people asked if it was a Leica....

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    Nikon D40 with 35 1.8 afs lens...that's my minimalist kit.
    Not much bigger that m43, but cheaper with better IQ..and a viewfinder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobs View Post
    Nikon D40 with 35 1.8 afs lens...that's my minimalist kit.
    Not much bigger that m43, but cheaper with better IQ..and a viewfinder!
    The D40 is a great camera. But I doubt that it's IQ is better than the modern sensors in m43 cameras.

    Sensor technology has come a long way since the great days of the D40. :-)
    Samsung NX10+30mm, Fuji S6500FD

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    mmm..maybe time for me to go shopping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shahmatt View Post
    I use a Samsung NX10 + 30mm/F2.0 as mentioned by others here.

    I put it into my "normal" backpack (not camera bag). I think the camera is light and tough enough, and won't be seriously harmed unless run over by a vehicle.

    I also think the class-leading flash, battery life and handling make it the cream of the crop.

    I do not like the NX100. The design does not appeal to me.
    Yes, lets hope they stick to a version of NX10 in the future. Very nice form factor.
    NX100 is like a reply to Sony NEX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    Yes, lets hope they stick to a version of NX10 in the future. Very nice form factor.
    NX100 is like a reply to Sony NEX.
    Maybe so. It beats me also why anyone likes the Sony NEX though. The design is rectangular like a cold piece of plastic brick. Hard to hold and so uncameralike. The shape is made so awkward and infinitely worse when ANY lens is attached to it.

    I wake up with nightmares on the awful design that is the Sony NEX. :-/

    (This is my personal subjective opinion. I'm sure NEX owners out there are really happy with their cameras :-D)
    Samsung NX10+30mm, Fuji S6500FD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shahmatt View Post
    Maybe so. It beats me also why anyone likes the Sony NEX though. The design is rectangular like a cold piece of plastic brick. Hard to hold and so uncameralike. The shape is made so awkward and infinitely worse when ANY lens is attached to it.

    I wake up with nightmares on the awful design that is the Sony NEX. :-/

    (This is my personal subjective opinion. I'm sure NEX owners out there are really happy with their cameras :-D)
    Because it's a Sony. The brand itself sells.

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