People become obsessed with camera equipment. I like to keep things on the minimalist and simple side.
I have been a long time admirer of the Fujifilm X100 series. Each of its iterations has been the object of my desire. I held off buying one for a single reason: lack of weather sealing. For some, this might be the last criteria when it comes to the purchase of a camera. For me however, it is a critical one. Needless to say, when the X100V was announced, I was ecstatic to learn that Fujifilm had finally decided to incorporate dust and moisture sealing to it (when used in combination of a filter). The X100V is the perfect companion for times when you cannot or don’t want to lug around big cumbersome photography gear but you still want something better than your phone.
The Nikon Z5 is considered to be an entry level full-frame Camera but it checks all the boxes for my needs. I get all that 35mm goodness in a relatively small and solidly built body. Weather sealing is obviously present as well as in-body image stabilization (aka IBIS). For those who care, it also has two memory card slots. Having shot with Nikons for quite a few years, I’m familiar with their system and their image output so it only seemed natural to stay with the brand when transitioning over to mirrorless.
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S
Ah, the good ol’ nifty fifty. I love the 50mm primes. This is the field of view that is the most comfortable to me. I’ve always had a 50mm equivalent on my Nikon DSLRs as well as Olympus Micro 4/3. It only felt natural to get this one for the Z system. The Z 50mm f/1.8S is an absolute gem of a lens. The images produced from it never disappoint. Weather sealing is present. I do wish it was less chunkier though. Its price is also a bit on the expensive side for a standard 50mm prime. Nevertheless, I would recommend the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S without hesitation.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR
The 24-200 covers the vast majority of focal lengths I need without having to swap lenses. It’s weather sealed and fairly light (for a full frame system). Is it good for low light photography? Absolutely not. That’s why the 50mm f/1.8 is there. I’m not a professional photographer so it would make absolutely no sense in spending thousands of dollars to cover all this focal range with f/2.8 glass. Also, I really dislike carrying heavy equipment bags all day.