How would your complete dream setup look like?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Poki, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    We're all constantly talking about gear. We're all constantly investing into gear. But do you have a master plan? Do you know how your setup will look like once it's finished? I'd love to hear what E-Mount setups you guys are just about building (of course adapted lenses are welcome)! Please mark the things you already have blue and things you will get within three months orange.

    My dream setup is pretty simple:

    • Sony NEX-7
      [*]One backup body

    • Zeiss Touit 2.8/12
      Sony Zeiss 1.8/24
    • Zeiss Touit 1.8/32
    • Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M
    • SLRmagic Hyperprime 50mm T/0.95 (for concerts and extreme low light situations)
    • Zeiss 1.4/85 (maybe the A-Mount version if no E-Mount version will be announced)
    • Sony 70-200mm f/4 G OSS

    • Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1
    • Nissin i40
    • Sony HVL-F43M
    • Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1

    • Camera backpack (Crumpler Half Photo Hatchback)
    • Camera shoulder bag
    • Travel tripod (Sirui T-005X)
    • Studio tripod
    • Endless list of flash accessories and studio equipment
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  2. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue Subscribing Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    Oh, fun!

    • Sony A6000
    • Sony Nex 5
    • A7 (to replace the Nex 5 and make the A6000 the backup) - Long way off yet though, so may well be an A9 or whatever the latest is in 2-3 years

    • SEL1650 (need a step up ring to 49mm to fit all my other filters/caps)
    • SEL1850 (rarely used now I have the 1650, but does have a hood, so may come out on sunny days)
    • SEL55210
    • SEL16F28
    • VCL-ECU1 UWA Adaptor
    • VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Adaptor
    • OM Zukio 50mm ƒ/1.8
    • SEL35F18
    • SLRmagic 35 ƒ/1.7 (£15!!)
    • Mitakon 35mm ƒ/0.95
    • Minolta 85mm f/1.4 (unless an APS-C AF/OSS A/E-Mount comes out in the mean time - however equally, with FF planned, may be better to get this one...)
    • Some SUPER zoom, 400-500mm range
    • Something Macro, probably in the 50-100mm range (may just stick to extension tubes though)

    • HVL-F43M
    • Nikon SB700 (will be replaced by the Sony one)

    • Lowepro Slingshot 102 AW Bag (fits all my current gear, just!)
    • Nex5 OEM pouch (fits either camera with a small/medium lens mounted plus the 1650 or 16F28 OR fits 2-3 lens as a belt pack. Plus holds extra battery or two, IR remote and a couple of filters)
    • Half decent unbranded tripod
    • Some kind of heavy duty tripod (possibly will go for a telescope with equatorial mount that can take a camera direct in place of the telescope as I like astro photography)
    • Various filters (have Polarising and Skylight, will be adding some ND)
    • 10+16mm Extension Rings (need to be replaced really as one has snapped the plastic mounting ring)
    • VCC-100-XL MUVI X-Lapse Time Lapse Turntable
    • Tripod mount belt clip/holster
    • OpTech Double Sling

    Tried to keep it sensible, some of the above may not be the BEST way to get IQ etc, but given my starting equipment, want to build on what I have as much as possible rather than replace everything.
  3. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Mine would look something like this, with all the assorted goodies to go with it.
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  4. mattia

    mattia TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 13, 2013
    Honestly, I'm already well on the way. The micro four thirds kit is close to 'optimal' for me already (see signature), although I will be adding a rokinon fisheye and maybe a 75/1.8. Whether I replace the 4:3 50-200 depends on prices, reviews, and a teleconverter availability once the Oly 45-150/2.8 arrives :) The only part of the 'dream kit' that's still under debate is whether I break down and get a full scuba kit or stick with the RX100 for the next 4-5 years. And whether I get a strobe for the underwater shooting.

    The dream E mount kit, including items I'm waiting/hoping Sony announce this year:


    • Sony A7r

    • Sony Zeiss FE 35/2.8
    • Sony Zeiss FE 55/1.8
    • Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 II
    • Zeiss FE mount 21mm (this, or an ultrawide zoom. Quality and size beat convenience in the ultrawide range for me)
    • Zeiss FE mount 135mm (hope they release one)


    • None. I don't do flash.

    • Backpack: F-stop Loka, small ICU (37L backpack, just enough for full ultralight travel)
    • Shoulder bag: F-stop Millar Bandon (perfect bag for shooting around town)
    • Tripod: RedGed TSC-424, RNB-1 ball head (4-section leg, 1.2 kg total CF travel pod)
    • Straps/Clips: Peak Design Capture, Leash and Cuff
    • Filters: B&W Kaseman MRC CPL (77mm), HiTech GradND/ND set (square filters)
    • Other: Rocket blower and lens pen
  5. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 22, 2012
    Heh this thread made me realise I'm actually quite close to my "dream" setup already. I only don't know whether I would prefer a m4/3 + 75-300mm zoom, or make do with A6000 + 55-210 for tele reach. I guess for synergy it should be the E-mount but they have nothing that comes close to 600mm equivalent.

    Aside from that, what I'm missing is an ultrawide zoom, a macro, and a good flash. And since we're talking dreams, maybe one fantasy lens like a Hexanon 60/1.2 :D
  6. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Well, I'm too new at this to really have a good feel for what my true dream set of gear would be. But I am starting to formulate a plan that I hope will be reasonable and workable.

    • A3000
    • A6000 or A7, depending on... yep, you guessed it, budget (and whether I really want to go FF)
    • (And depending on what models are available by the time I am ready to step up... A7000 or A6 maybe?)

    Native Lenses:
    • SEL1855
    • SEL55210
    • Sigma 30mm f/2.8 Art -or- SEL35F18
    • and maybe something wide-angle (SEL16F28 or other 24mm equivalent or below) at some point, and/or
    • eventually a SEL1670Z (for a good quality wide-to-short-telephoto walk-around lens)
    (EDITED (again - 5-27-14) to reflect latest thinking on AF primes/zooms)

    Legacy Glass:

    Nikon F mount:
    • Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E series
    • Albinar-ADG 70-210mm f/3.9 MC Macro Zoom

    Minolta SR/MC/MD mount:
    • Minolta MD 50mm f/2 (49)
    • TOU/Five Star 75-200mm f/4.5 MC Macro Zoom
    • Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm f/2.8 (49)
    • Minolta MD Celtic 135mm f/3.5 (49)
    • Minolta MC Rokkor-X PG 50mm f/1.4 (55)
    • Minolta MD Rokkor 24mm f/2.8
    • Minolta MD Rokkor 35mm f/2.8
    • Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f/4 (*or* Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 50mm f/3.5, depending on preferred focal length, and/or Ad's recommendation ;) )
    • Minolta RF Rokkor-X f/8 (now that I have had a taste of a nice long range reflex "lens")
    (EDITED 5-27-14) to reflect latest legacy purchase and new thoughts on future plans)

    Am I missing anything?
  7. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue Subscribing Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    Something wide angle?

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  8. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    True. Good point.
  9. MAubrey

    MAubrey TalkEmount Top Veteran


    Sony A7
    Olympus E-M1

    MF Lenses:
    Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6
    Canon FDn 20-35mm f/3.5L
    Voigtlander 17.5mm f/.95
    Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2
    Minolta CLE 40mm f/2 OR Contax Zeiss 45mm f/2
    Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4
    Canon FDn 85mm f/1.2L
    Zeiss 90mm f/2.8
    Canon FDn 135mm f/2
    Nikon AI-S 200mm f/2
    Metabones Speedbooster FD to μ43

    AF Lenses:
    Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6
    Sony 24-70mm f/4
    Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8
    Sony FE 35mm f/2.8
    Panasonic 25mm f/1.4
    Sony FE 55mm f/1.8
    Olympus 45mm f/1.8
    Olympus 75mm f/1.8

    I'm imagining the 24-70mm and the 40-150mm being a fairly standard set up for the two bodies.
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  10. Bill

    Bill TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 22, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nice lineup.

    Because I'm not a regular super-wide shooter, I went with the 10-18mm zoom instead of the Touit 12mm, and I filled the gap with the Sigma 19mm. The 24mm takes over from there.

    My other deviation is not waiting for the Touit macro 50mm (I'm not much of a macro shooter); and going with the FE 55mm f/1.8 instead. That seems to cover most tasks up to the 70-200mm.

    A super-bright is tempting, but the narrow depth of field that's so sought after, can be quite an impediment in many other situations. A lens with good OSS (like the 35mm f/1.8) can often get the low-light job done just as well -- or better.
  11. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    I don't know yet whether I'll shoot macro a lot (I definitely want to try it though), but the main reason to get the 50mm Touit is the quality of the lens. The FE 55mm 1.8 is an awesome lens, but I expect the Touit to feature better micro contrast and resolution on APS-C sensors nonetheless.

    Depends on the subject. Like I said, the super fast 50 will be used mainly for concerts and moving things, where you need a shutter speed of 1/100 or faster anyway to freeze the subject. OSS is no help in those situations.
  12. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Okay, I updated my list above as a result of my constantly evolving thinking on what lenses I like, and what focal lengths I need and/or want. So it's more a "wish list" than a "dream team."

    After picking up and loving the MC Rokkor-X PG 50mm f/1.4, I'm now keeping an eye out for a MD 24mm or a MD 35mm that might squeak into my depleted budget. If I can find one under US$100, I might pull the trigger.

    I've found that when using the kit 18-55, I tend to gravitate to either the full-wide 18 setting, the full-long 55, or somewhere between 24-35, especially around 24. While I have the MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm f/2.8, I'm thinking a wider 24mm (i.e., 36mm equivalent) would be more suitable for landscape and street shots I'd like to try more of. 28mm (42mm equivalent) seems kind of like a no-mans land so far.

    For now, I will keep using the MC 50/1.4 and the kit zooms to see where my field of view preferences lie.
  13. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    The MD 35 2.8 version is quite cheap - definately cheaper than $100.
    Or are you after the faster 1.8 version?
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  14. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    The f/2.8 version would do just fine. But I don't see many available at the moment. And none from my new best friends at KEH. ;)

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  15. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Didn't your mama warn you about hanging around with that crowd? :p
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  16. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Yep, I know... once you get in there, there's so much to tempt ya. ;)
  17. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Ah, I see :D

    I shop from ebay so I stumble upon plenty there everyday I do my rounds ;)
  18. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    I've found eBay a bit tough to search... I must not be doing it right. When I search for "Minolta MD Rokkor 35mm" I get a bunch of results including maybe two actual 35mm focal length lenses and then a bunch of entries that have "35mm SLR" or "35mm film" in their title.

    Oh, on another note, I've been keeping an eye daily on, and a 24mm MD Rokkor-X finally showed up today! Bad news: it's listed for $299 in EX condition. That's a bit too rich for my wallet right now for a legacy manual focus lens.
    I guess I'll just learn to like 28mm and 50mm. ;)
  19. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Try using 35/2.8 or 35mm 2.8 or something similar. Just 35mm is too vague and you get tons of unrelated returns.
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  20. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Good thought. I actually did append 2.8 at the end (and even f/2.8) and still got lots of extraneous 35mm film/camera entries. I guess it's just the nature of searching that specific focal length, as it has the same term used to describe an entire range of cameras and film. Just means more digging and patience. ;)

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