So, how many cameras do you own and use, on a regular basis? And why?
On the top shelf of my home office lies a lovely Fujica 645 film-era camera, with bellows and with a superb 75mm lens. It’s there because the folding mechanism broke and now one has been able to fix it for me. So the camera can’t be sold and holds too many memories to be thrown away.
But the in-working-order Linhof, Mamiya 7s, Nikon D800e, Olympus OM-D … all found new owners as I moved on to other cameras.
Today, my only working camera is a Sony A7rII, which is so good that it almost makes me touch the photographic sky and drives me bonkers when that “almost” bit becomes too visible. Paired with great lenses and a great post-processing app such as Photos or Capture One, it really delivers in spades.
So much so that it’s hard to imagine using anything else, and yet I’ve tried :
Tempted by camp Fuji (lead co author Paul and Bob Hamilton) and the prospect of excellent and cheap lenses, I mentally programmed myself for an XT2 and assorted glass.
Always, permanently, almost pathologically, tempted by a return to my one true love, the Mamiya 7, I have often thought about processes to get the rolls processed and scanned painlessly.
None of these infidelities have come to fruition. Had they, though, the Sony would have been sold before the replacement made its way into my bag.
I just can’t see myself owning two cameras. Well, two non-smartphone cameras, at least.
And yet, it’s obvious in comments and private discussions that you brave souls own several. Not just backup bodies but completely distinct systems.
Why is that ?
Why do you own multiple systems ? Why do I only have one (besides being a cheap bugger) ?
Looking forward to the many unseen / forgotten reasons in the comments, here are a few thoughts :
Working in different conditions. This is probably the most likely. The full-blown system is for those special occasions or assignments, the walkabout camera is for every day. The D4 is the only body you can rely on when the weather gets awful.
Different projects. Maybe you enjoy street and macro. And that tiny life form just doesn’t cooperate with a Leica M, so you keep that ring flash at the end of a Nikkor lens mounted on a D750.
Legacy. You were highly invested in Canon glass when Sony arrived at the party. You bought an adapter and weren’t convinced enough by the system to ditch the Canon body altogether. Or, you bought that M3 as a student and have been adding M-mount glass to the collection ever since but can’t stress enough just how good AF is for when the grand children are home.
You’re a collector. You need help, you know it, and it makes you giggle. Good for you 🙂
Clanic behaviour. You shoot brand A but want to be seen with brand B. You too need help. But who am I to judge, driving a Renault Megane and day-dreaming of far less politically correct alternatives?
Emotional attachment. You big softy, you. Memories are an important part of the illusion we call life. How could you possibly sell that Pentax you used to photograph the honeymoon and graduations?
It’s all such a mess. Too many brands out there (although, some are actively powering towards icebergs, be patient), reviews are mostly crap and contradict one another, how can you possibly decide what to make the big cleansing / splurge for? Why should you sell that old 70-200 when the new ones don’t seem particularly good.
Visual awe. Come on, have you seen how this thing draws? They don’t make bokeh like that anymore. And that CCD look? Priceless (that’s me, by the way).
So, now that we have a list of reasons for owning many cameras / systems, are there any good ones for sticking to just the one ?
Limited intellect. I struggle to keep my batteries charged and inside the camera as it is. Two cameras? Please …
That Zen thing. You know, the whole simple, intuitive, right-brain way of life. Yup, count me in.
Discipline. Secondary, in my case, but it’s easy to see that being an important reason for a minimalistic approach.
Being cheap. OK, we’ve covered that already. No need to get nasty about it 😉
Easier learning. One system, one look, one user experience, so many variables out-of-the-way. Kind of linked to discipline, really.
The Sony covers all the bases. At the risk of sounding all fanboyish, there is a lot of truth to this. Emotional attachment to older lenses, high IQ, great enough shooting envelope for multiple styles …
So, what’s lying around your home and what’s your excuse for owning just one / so many camera(s)? 😉 😉 😉 What’s missing from the lists above?
Signing you up!
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