Cameras do matter (sort of)

22 thoughts on “Cameras do matter (sort of)”

  1. You said it: The camera doesn’t matter. Your feeling matters. The best camera is the one that gives you a good feeling, going out of the way and just let you shoot. In the end it’s just you 🙂

  2. I too had a Ricoh once and got rid of it. Now I wonder if I did the right thing, the X100 I am using now is a great camera but it doesn’t quite have soul like the Ricoh did. Is it possible for a camera to have soul? I think so…

    1. I’ll tell you man, that Sony felt like it did to me. I fixed it with parts from eBay for 28 dollars all in. Seems to be resurrected again but we will see. As much as I loved the GR21 it is hard to justify like 1000CAD for a compact. Problem one. Problem two is even if I wanted to spend the money they are like impossible to find haha.

      1. I just went on Ebay out of curiousity and there is one going now, but for $1080 US. Ouch! They do throw in free postage though which is kind of them…Ha

      2. Haha, the other problem is they can’t be repaired so if I was going to buy one I would want to be pretty sure it was good. I think I’ll keep a look out here for one in decent condition. Luckily the Sony seems to be working again which is a start. Will probably buy the first GR21 I see though ha. For as much as I love the Sony, the lens just isn’t wide enough for street photography for me.

  3. There is a bit to do with feel. I recently picked up a Nikon Df and quickly fell in love with it. Shooting with it matches my style and I find I enjoy shooting with it more than my other cameras. Can I get good results without it? Of course, but much prefer to shoot with it.

  4. Blimey, you must see the world differently to me, I sometimes think the 35mm on the X100 is too wide. Good luck with your Ricoh hunt.

    1. Haha I guess we all see it a bit differently. Very rare someone doesn’t talk to me after I’ve taken their photo because I get pretty close. Maybe it’s my way to get over being normally shy. And thanks! We will see how it goes. Hopefully my wallet agrees with me when I find one 😉

  5. I enjoyed this article…and I understand. Any modern camera will give technically good pictures, but what we felt when we took the pictures can’t be removed from the pictures themselves; that’s the whole idea behind photography (in my opinion) we are saving memories for later in life.

    I also print some pictures for the same reason; I want to dig through a big box of prints when I’m older and relive them again instead of logging on to flickr…not the same 🙂

  6. O yes. Enjoyed the article also. I almost regret also selling my GR III. Strange thing is, baught a second hand Ricoh XF1 for more zoom, but an old Panasonic Lumix without RAW feels more natural…. And my D80 of course! With 1.8 50 mm or 1.8 25 mm and even kitlens 18-55 mm VRII.
    Thanks for the post.

  7. Oeps, some stupid mistakes.
    Of course it is: FUJI XF1 and of course 35 mmm….
    (O yes. Enjoyed the article also. I almost regret also selling my GR III. Strange thing is, baught a second hand Fuji XF1 for more zoom, but an old Panasonic Lumix without RAW feels more natural…. And my D80 of course! With 1.8 50 mm or 1.8 35 mm and even kitlens 18-55 mm VRII.)

  8. Oeps, made some stupid mistakes.
    Of course it is: FUJI XF1 and DX 1.8 35 mm…

    (Enjoyed the article also. I almost regret also selling my GR III. Strange thing is, baught a second hand Fuji XF1 for more zoom, but an old Panasonic Lumix without RAW feels more natural…. And my D80 of course! With 1.8 50 mm or 1.8 35 mm and even kitlens 18-55 mm VRII.)

  9. The very same way I felt about my phone! I can’t photograph without it or its past model. It became part of my body. Perhaps also how you felt on your Sony. Oddly, I felt too comfortable with it and i wanted a challenge from a selected camera.

  10. Really nice photos. I love the little Ricoh’s. Do you use/have a GR1S? A bit cheaper and readily available, or are you in love with the 21mm?

    1. I have used all of them including the original GR1 (and even the older ones). I think I just like being as close as possible so wider the better. That said, I shoot almost always with a 35mm lens now so go figure.

  11. Really good article and set of photographs! I can understand why you mentioned Hosoe, Moriyama and Koudelka when seeing such a distinct aesthetic (i.e. gritty, grainy and contrasted). One geeky question: what film were you using at the time? Or are you still using.

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