I was looking at my tabulation of camera expenditure since 2008 – I am that obsessed over all things tabular – and it’s interesting to see my spending pattern:
Expensive hobby, but the photos of our kids are priceless!
Broadly, the spending spikes especially every several years whenever I change a camera system or buy substantial new gear. So:
2008: I didn’t track my camera spending before this point, and had owned a bunch of different digital compact cameras, pro-user cameras, and also my first DSLR: the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D. I sold that away and in 2008, bought into the Nikon system with the:
D300 – an M1 Abrams Tank-life DSLR, and with a whole bunch of lenses and accessories to follow later including the…
Sigma 10-20mm Ultra Wide Angle
Nikon 50mm f1.8
Hannah and Mommy @ Nikon 50mm f1.8
Sigma AF150mm f2.8 Macro – took some lovely pictures at the Orchid Garden with it
Street cat at Punggol Park @ Sigma 150mm f2.8 Macro
Sigma AF24-60m f2.8 – which is currently with our ang mo bud!
Hannah at three years old @ Sigma 24-60mm f2.8
2009: more lenses and accessories for the D300, which included:
MB-D10 battery grip
Sigma 18-250mm – this was for its time among the first all-in-one travel lenses which could shoot somewhat wide and relatively far along in the focal length too. The lens increasingly faced AF issues, and at this point today, is no longer working reliably.
Hannah @ Sigma 18-250mm
2010: when I bought into a second camera system to accompany the heavy duty Nikon system, starting off with the…
Olympus E-PL1 – which at the end of the year, accompanied us on our Japan trip, and also for my month-long stint in Massachusetts. The camera even survived dunking at Niagara Falls!
2011: no looking back from the m4/3s now! Apart from selling off several Nikon lenses that offset new purchases, the acquisitions that year were:
Olympus E-PL2 – a significant upgrade from the predecessor. The E-PL2 seemed better built, had a bumped up LCD, and the kit lens focused a lot quicker. The camera is a backup-backup m4/3s camera now that I still take out for an occasional spin.
Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7 – pancake prime that was extremely sharp in its center image, and capable of lovely pictures. Only issue was that it focused slowly.
Hannah and Mommy in the evening @ Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7
2012: this one was a messy year and also the one where I finally moved away from owning two camera systems. The Nikon D300 was sold away, and in its place:
Nikon D7000 and MB-D11 grip – with hindsight now, a somewhat impulsive buy. The DSLR was a landmark in the Nikon system, offering – at that point – unsurpassed cropped sensor imagery, but it was also at a point where I was seriously considering moving fully onto the m4/3s standard.
Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX – among the most highly rated Nikon primes for the APS-C sensor.
Hannah @ Sigma 35mm f1.8
Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM – my first ‘pro’ f2.8 zoom lens! This lens was considered a much cheaper alternative to the Nikon equivalent that cost almost twice as much.
Hannah and Mommy @ Sigma 70-200mm f2.8
Olympus E-M5 – the real game changer in the m4/3s standard and also for me. The entire Nikon camera system I owned essentially got sidelined because of this camera.
Metz 50 AF-1 MZ 50312OPL Digital Flash – throws up an incredible amount of light. Worked well enough until the camera battery door broke!
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 – owned this lens briefly, with several of the earlier Minton in construction photos taken with it.
Sigma 30mm f2.8 DN – this prime was longer than the Panasonic Lumix 20mm and weren’t as quick aperture-wise, but it focused a lot faster.
Hannah @ Sigma 30mm f2.8
Panasonic LX7 – highly praised rangefinder-esque camera that I got for dirt-cheap from Amazon. Used it for some of those very nicely wide-angle shots of the Minton.
2013: the prime lens year! Sold away some of the m4/3s gear, picked up the:
Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5G – fun wide-angle prime that’s flat as a pancake. Great for wefie shots.:)
Hannah @ Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5G
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f1.4 – still the best portrait prime I’ve got for the m4/3s. Picked it up from Amazon JP and had it shipped here. One of the three highly-rated prime lenses for the system, with the other two the next two lenses below.
Hannah @ Panasonic Lumix 25mm f1.4
Olympus 17mm f1.8 – pretty much permanently mounted onto the E-PL6, and color-matched too. This one’s an all-purpose general photography lens.
Hannah @ Olympus 17mm f1.8
Olympus 45mm f1.8 – the longest focal length prime I’ve got at this point. Capable of rendering nifty bokeh, though best used out of home where there’s space to move around.
Peter @ Olympus 45mm f1.8
Olympus 75-300mm II f4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens – an updated and much sleeker-looking version of a consumer-level zoom lens. Never mind that it’s a slow-lens aperture-wise, but this lens is capable of 600mm equivalent shots on the E-M5. All those crazy zoomed-in pictures of the Minton construction were taken on this one.
Workers at The Minton @ Olympus 75-300mm II. This was shot from an opposite block some distance away.
Olympus E-PL6 – one of the two cameras I tot around these days, and largely as a replacement for the old E-PL2. Uses about the same sensor and processing as the E-M5, and capable of producing images as good!
2014: a lull in spending, finally! No major camera purchases that year, and I sold off most of my remaining Nikon gear.
2015: the year’s not up yet, and at this point:
Panasonic DMC-LX100 – my first (relatively) large-sensor compact with a nice 2.8 aperture. The camera isn’t without its issues, but it still has more strengths to it than weaknesses. As a bonus, works well with the m4/3s flashguns I’ve got.
Nissin i40 – as a replacement for the Metz 50AF-1 flashgun. Perfect in every way – except that the rear dial’s mode markings have started fading off from wear/tear, though it’s only been 6 months.
Olympus E-M1 – got it for a great price, and is really as mint as it can be for a used unit.
Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro – from the same seller as the E-M1! A post on the lens to follow soon.
Kids @ Olympus 12-40mm f2.8
Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro – a very recent acquisition, and largely to take pictures of Hannah’s upcoming K2 Graduation concert this weekend. A post to follow on it soon too.:)
Whew – that was a long post. I think I’m pretty much embedded into the m4/3s system at this point, and the only gaps I can think of are:
A macro lens, maybe.
A ultra-wide angle, big maybe – only because I’m not a fan of ultra wide angles.
The stunning Olympus 75mm f1.8, at some point!