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Old Mar 5, 2016, 11:46 PM   #1
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to own something you never, ever, thought you'd have a chance to own?

In the 80's and 90's, two of mine was either a new Hasselblad 500cm, or a Leica M6.

The Hasselblad never happened, and I owned a used, but extremely clean M6 setup from the mid-90's until the early 2000's.

A couple of "things" came together a few weeks ago and one of my dreams came true...and yes, I still have my Olympus outfit in its entirety, and my credit card limit, untouched. Used the E-M1 to capture this image.

Leica M262. Still pinching myself...

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Wow that is an impressive collection! Congratulations on fulfilling the dream, I hope it is all you imagined it to be.

P.s. also a nice gear shot!
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WOW! WOW! WOW! Congratulations Greg ... just awesome gallery of images.
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Now that is a photographer's dream for sure. When you hold a Leica you can just feel the quality that is there. It is also surprising just how many advanced photographers still use film. To me it's like the difference between vinyl and digital. Vinyl wins in terms of quality sound.
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Congratulations Greg, very nice enjoy.
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Congratulations Greg, that's a beautiful kit.

I would love to see some portraits with that 135mm f2, I bet is super sharp.

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Hi Marcelo. Thanks. That 135mm lens is actually f4. If it had been an f2 lens, I probably would not have been able to buy it, LOL.

Whether brand new or used, one annoying, nagging, frustrating part of this format compared to my Olympus system is, the third day out I was shooting these beautiful all blue sky images and I was already dust spotting the sky, even with treating lens changes as super closely as possible to avoid any intrusion of dust in the camera. Even shooting at super small f8 or f11 with my Olympus bodies, you never see things that can start showing in skies at f5.6-8 with these full frame cameras not fitted with any kind of dust protection.

I can easily see a primary part of any travel outfit would need to include a rocket blower and sensor cleaning kits. Last night I tried for a couple of hours cleaning spots that appeared after two hours of shooting in a nature center, in the end two of which just wouldn't budge. I told myself I'd never deal with this on a trip. When I head up to see my daughter in NJ at the end of April, the E-M1's going to be the outfit travelling with me.

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Wow that is an impressive collection! Congratulations on fulfilling the dream, I hope it is all you imagined it to be.

P.s. also a nice gear shot!
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Hi Marcelo. Thanks. That 135mm lens is actually f4. If it had been an f2 lens, I probably would not have been able to buy it, LOL.

Whether brand new or used, one annoying, nagging, frustrating part of this format compared to my Olympus system is, the third day out I was shooting these beautiful all blue sky images and I was already dust spotting the sky, even with treating lens changes as super closely as possible to avoid any intrusion of dust in the camera. Even shooting at super small f8 or f11 with my Olympus bodies, you never see things that can start showing in skies at f5.6-8 with these full frame cameras not fitted with any kind of dust protection.

I can easily see a primary part of any travel outfit would need to include a rocket blower and sensor cleaning kits. Last night I tried for a couple of hours cleaning spots that appeared after two hours of shooting in a nature center, in the end two of which just wouldn't budge. I told myself I'd never deal with this on a trip. When I head up to see my daughter in NJ at the end of April, the E-M1's going to be the outfit travelling with me.
I feel your pain Greg,

My Nikon cameras are dust magnets and cleaning the sensor is a monthly routine for me, sometimes takes hours to have a clean sensor

I was shooting the other day some pictures at f20 with my OMD-E5 and I noticed two big dust spots but I am almost sure it is on the lens and not on the sensor, I had never cleaned a sensor of any of my Olympus cameras, never..!!
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I finally broke down, ordered Ultra sensor swabs, eclipse fluid and it took 6 swabs at one swipe each to totally clean the freakin' thing, LOL.

My path is "clear" now, LOL. On to B&H to put a supply in.
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