Assessing the Current Gear Lineup (Thinking Out Loud)

Current Line Up - (L to R) Ricoh GR, Sony RX1r, Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, Leica M9.
Current Line Up – (L to R) Ricoh GR, Sony RX1r, Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, Leica M9.

Over the last few weeks I have been looking for gaps in my kit. I know this is true when I spend more time looking through buy/sell forums than reading about great photographers and their stories, looking through and editing photos and actually going out and taking photos.

The current line-up includes:

  • Ricoh GR (APS-C): 28mm and 21mm adaptor
  • Sony RX1r (Full frame): 35mm f/2
  • Canon Canonet QL17 GIII (Film): 40mm f/1.7
  • Leica M9 (Full frame): 50mm Summicron and 75mm Summarit
  • (not pictured) Sony NEX 7 (APS-C): 18-55mm, 20mm pancake, 35mm f/1.8

These are all fun cameras to work with, but the one gap I see is the spot for a system camera. As far as formats are concerned I think I would be happy with anything from m4/3 to APS-C to full frame, but definitely a mirror-less system. The Fuji XT1 and Olympus EM1 are both strong contenders and high on my list. The NEX 7 has proven to be a workhorse for me, but I’m not really happy with Sony’s lens offerings.  The Fuji and Olympus systems have a nice compliment of lenses both primes and zooms and both systems receive great praise from photographers.

The most likely scenerio is that I’ll dump the NEX 7 this summer and find a suitable replacement. We’ll see.

3 thoughts on “Assessing the Current Gear Lineup (Thinking Out Loud)

  1. Steve, love the posts – I use a Fuji X-T1 with voigtlander lenses (12, 15, 21, 35) and I can attest to its suitability and ease of use for street photography.


    1. Thanks for the comment, Donal. Everyone I’ve talked to and every post I’ve read about the X-T1 is overwhelmingly positive. Along with the ability to use a huge selection of mf lenses like you’re using it looks like their native lens lineup is very strong, with some particularly good primes.


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