When we started looking at what to do on vacation. Kea
suggested that we go to the parts of New Zealand we would like to visit and neither of us have been to. We started making a list.
The East Coast, North Island
The bird sanctuary at Ulva Island
So we booked them. Then, as we were setting up Kea's planned camera upgrade, Johnathon, the local dealer, suggested we got a Tamron 150 -600 mm lens for birding. So we thought about selling stuff. I've got a fair amount of stuff, jammed into a spare room. Medium format. Large format. Rangefinders, DSLRs. And Kea suggested I commit to one system and really learn it. It began there.
So we agreed to sell everything and start afresh.
The first thing I thought about is what I used a lot. Full frame nikon, medium format... and micro four thirds. I was using differnet systems when I went hiking and traveling, and other systems when I was at home. At times those systems were quite parallel -- old, collectable rangefinders and a Voightlander Bessa, for instance. At times they were not. I needed a general camera system that could do almost everything I like -- landscape, street, travel -- and one that had a future. I had old systems where parts were non existent, and the question was what would remain.
If I was going to use one camera, given what I have used a lot of, I returned to full frame.
I did not want something that had just arrived last week. I wanted to read reviews by people who had used them. I wanted to know that the firm was likely to remain: so au revoir Pentax, Mamiya, Ricoh and Olympus: now that Panasonic has joined Leica and Sigma with a full frame mirrorless mount Olympus is left alone. I don't do much video.
And I wanted more low light flexibility.
Given that Kea shoots Nikon, it made sense to get compatability. But the new DSLRs are bigger than I like.
So I chose mirrorless, and the Nikon Z system: the Z6 to be precise.
We packed everything up and took it to the dealer. Then the summer break happened, and everyone went away.
When we came back, we got a price, and worked out a fairly good deal, given the cashbacks available. I'm left with a wide angle zoom, an standard zoom and a birding lens. Instead of a car boot full of gear I've got a small bag.
Kea can use some of my lenses, and has a second body with similar range for her work.