In the late 2000s, I used Nikon DSLRs (D60, D90, D300s, D700). In 2012 I moved to the Olympus micro 4/3 mirrorless system which I used exclusively for almost a decade. In 2021, it was time for change and I moved to the following equipment:
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). As an added bonus, it also has the often talked about ”two memory card slots” system. Having shot with Nikons for quite a few years, I’m familiar with their system and their image output. Considering that I bought my Z5 brand new for much less than Olympus’ mid-range E-M5 mark III (with an aging micro 4/3 sensor), it was a no brainer.
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 I know the most and can pre-visualize with ease in my head. I’ve always had a 50mm equivalent on all my camera systems (Nikon DX, Nikon FX and Olympus micro 4/3) so it 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 of course 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
If I do decide to bring my full-frame camera on a trip, then this is my go to lens. It 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 but that’s why the 50mm f/1.8 is there. Since I do not shoot for Nat Geo nor do I spend my time shooting brick walls and test charts, I’m perfectly satisfied with the results produced by this ”non S” lens.