The Three Best Cameras I Ever Used

I shoot a lot of cameras. A lot. I have been through a bunch of (primary) systems over the years, from the full Nikon system (2006) to the Leica system (2013) and onto the Sony system (2017) to name a few. While shooting these complete systems I also shoot a lot of others on the side (non-primary: think Hasselblad 500c, Plaubel-Makina 670, Chamonix 45n2, etc.). I love to buy/borrow various cameras, give em a spin, then decide if they stay or go. I'd guess I have tried an average of six "side" cameras a year for the past 10+ years. I purchase a couple of these each year, and only a few ever stick around more than a couple years.

I'd say over the years that there are three primary formats that I tend to gravitate to: 35mm film, medium format film, and 35mm digital. So, I began thinking, what are the best (most enjoyable all around) cameras I have used in each format? This is my analysis.

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San Diego, California and the Sony RX1RII

I spent the last week out on the west coast visiting an old friend in San Diego. Wanting to pack light, I decided on only the Sony RX1RII for the trip. I packed 2 spare batteries and 2 spare cards and was very impressed with how this worked out. Honestly, I was worried more about missing the great west coast sun without film than I was about the performance on the camera. Looking at the images today, no regrets. I didn't shoot a lot, so the battery and 64 GB card lasted just fine. Only swapped to a spare battery one day - and it was towards the end of walking with the camera about 13 hours. That's not bad at all for the way I shoot. If I had been shooting a lot, I am sure it would have drained much more quick.

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The Ice Castle

Linda and I headed up to the Ice Castle in Lincoln, NH with a couple of her friends this weekend. We've been curious about this for quite sometime, but never made the venture up. Knowing this would be all kinds of mixed light, I decided to bring along the Sony RX1R II rather than the film cameras. I have to say, it behaved like a champ. ISO ranged from 50 to 6400 throughout the day, and I more or less kept it at f/2...

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Cousins Island, Yarmouth, Maine

After taking the new Sony RX1R II for a little hike in the mountains this weekend, I decided to take it down to the coast for a little more variety. I met up with Johnny and Rebecca Patience for a little coffee and cameras (all digital for us this time - gasp!) and then a little walk around the island. Here are just a few of my favorite captures from the walk taken the the RX1R II and a very light "polishing" by Rebecca's Lightroom Pro Set IV as before. 

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Review of the Sony RX1R II

Introducing the Sony RX1R Mark II. OK, I have been more or less dishonest with you the last week or so on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  Well, not dishonest, just not forthcoming with the complete details on what I was doing here. The latest series of images posted to social media were not film at all, rather, the 42MP full-frame camera, the Sony RX1R II.

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