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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2011, 01:05:48 AM »
If we are talking fictional cameras (1D-X) id go:

1D-C
50mm Cinema Prime
24-70mm f2.8 L

If i had to use currently available equipment:

5D Mk2
Canon 50mm f1.2 L
24-70mm f2.8 L

I mainly shoot video and as much as having a great selection of primes would be handy, these 2 lenses are the 2 main ones i fall back on.
Yes, i shoot video on a DSLR.

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Re: Minimalist photography
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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2011, 06:28:04 AM »
Funny, the majority would take a camera that won’t be available for at least another 4 months so they won’t be able to take pictures at all, that’s true minimalism I’ll guess…

On that note I’ll take the 1Dx Mark II, EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM mark II and the EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x mark II and won’t be able to take pictures for at least another 4 years.

No, minimalism is about fundamental features.
A 1000D, an 18-55 kit lens and an EF 85mm f/1.8 will do. If you can’t take great pictures with that combination, anything better is a waste of money.

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I agree...  plus I don't really consider a 1DX a 'minimalist' camera.
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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2011, 08:03:20 AM »
this is a what would you take, i think it is theoretical the things i listed i don't personally have so relax on the you wouldn't be able to take photos if u choose 1dx remember that camera does actually exist 

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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2011, 08:11:48 AM »
Hello CR forum-goers!

The majority of us take pride in our collection of gear, but what about the minimalist photographers? Could you do it?

Lets have some fun here. If you are/would be a minimalist photographer, having 1 body, 1 prime lens and 1 zoom lens, what would they be? Flashes/memory cards/tripods/etc can be left out of the equation.

I recently had a trip where I wanted to travel very light. I kept it nice and simple -- only took the 5D Mark II with the 50mm f/1.4.

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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2011, 08:16:22 AM »
If we are talking fictional cameras (1D-X) id go:

1D-C
50mm Cinema Prime
24-70mm f2.8 L

If i had to use currently available equipment:

5D Mk2
Canon 50mm f1.2 L
24-70mm f2.8 L

I mainly shoot video and as much as having a great selection of primes would be handy, these 2 lenses are the 2 main ones i fall back on.

I've got a query into Canon regarding this, but I don't think that the 50mm cinema prime lens can be focused from the camera body at all. I don't know if that matters to you. Sometimes I think I should have kept all of the FD primes lenses I sold in 1997.

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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2011, 08:18:08 AM »
I don't see where the OP put any restrictions on the cost of the items, only the quantity.  One of the tenets of minimalism is actually, "Less but better."
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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2011, 09:55:15 AM »
My current setup, a X00D body with an EF 28 f/1.8, pleases me enough: it's small and light so that you can bring it almost everywhere with you. Add an EF-S 55-250 IS or an EF 70-300 IS when you need to go tele, and you're pretty much done.

Sure it certainly won't bring super duper sharp pictures as with some other setups listed here, but so what? You'll be enjoying your time, and that's what's important, and won't have pain all over your shoulder :)

No, minimalism is about fundamental features.
A 1000D, an 18-55 kit lens and an EF 85mm f/1.8 will do. If you can’t take great pictures with that combination, anything better is a waste of money.

Funny that I ended up with a prime standard and kit zoom tele and you the other way :)

This said, my dream minimalist setup would be a NEX-7 with the Zeiss 1.8/24 ;D
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Re: Minimalist photography
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« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2011, 10:23:44 AM »
Taking into account both the "one body, one prime, one zoom" restriction as well as the minimalist emphasis of the post, I'd do a T2i with an EF-S 18-135mm and an EF 35mm f/2.
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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2011, 09:47:10 PM »
If we are talking fictional cameras (1D-X) id go:

1D-C
50mm Cinema Prime
24-70mm f2.8 L
If the Cinema camera does stills well enough that would be a tempting offer (assuming the equipment is bought and paid for, of course).

I do a lot of birding photography so the full frame camera restriction could be harmful.  On the other hand, I could still just throw a TC on (I'll assume that fits in for flashes and tripods, which I generally don't use).

My setup would probably also be something like this:

1D X
85mm f/1.2L II
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS (still nothing comparable from Canon - a 400mm f/2.8 zoom would be better, of course, but also considerably heavier...actually, why not a 300mm f/2?  Nikon did it before, albeit in prime format.)

I would sorely miss my 135mm f/2L and especially my tilt-shift lenses, though...so perhaps actually I would be better served trading the 85mm f/1.2L II for the TS-E 90mm f/2.8.

Ultimately, this is a no starter for me because I need different lenses for different subjects - it's not just optional.  Taking a picture of a building from the street with a 85mm lens is not going to work well - it needs a wide angle (and it had better be a shift lens, as well).

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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2011, 12:59:25 AM »
I would go with my 5DmkII, 24-70mm f2.8L and 50mm f1.2L.

I've actually been trying this of late. I had an assignment in Seoul in the summer and all I took was my 5DmkII, 24-70mm F2.8L and my macro 100mm f2.8L IS. Last week I was traveling in Kyoto and just took my 5DmkII and my 50mm F1.2L (and a Mamiya 7II).

I'm actually finding it liberating only taking the minimal amount for each job. It's impossible to do this a lot of the time when I do portraits/weddings/events, but most media assignments where I'm only required to submit 1-5 cuts I prefer to keep my bag light and only take essential kit (which usually involves more inthe way of lighting).

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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2011, 02:27:35 AM »
If we are able to take two primes if we forgo a zoom, I would say 5D Mark II, TS-E 17mm f/4 L, and Schneider-Kreuznach PC-TS Makro-Symmar 4.5/90 HM.

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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2011, 02:43:48 AM »
For me....

A Leica M8.2 White LE
50/1 Noctilux (or a 50/1.4 Summilux)
28/2 Summicron (sorry no zooms here LOL)


Cheers

PS: I know I know...it's leica, but you didn't restricted to the brand aaaand you didn't put a money limit, so let me dream, please, let me dream for a bit longer ehehehe!!!

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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2011, 03:10:59 AM »
If it is about a body, zoom and prime regardless of money I think I'd go with:

1 Dx (asuming it is as awesome as they say)
100-400 L (4 - 5.6) IS USM
24 1.4L II USM

From what I can afford:

7D
100 - 400 L (4.5 - 5.6) IS USM
24 1.4L II USM

For real minimalisem, Think about using a photoplate and a single simpel lens in a wooden box  ;)
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Re: Minimalist photography
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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2011, 03:16:01 AM »
1D mk III and ef 24-70 2,8 L. Thats all i need on a day out today. But if i could have a wish.
5 D mk II. 16-35 f.2,8 L mk II,  70 - 200 f.2,8L is mk II and a 2,0 converter

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Re: Minimalist photography
« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2011, 03:18:34 AM »
the more weddings i do the less i carry...

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