Handbag – Panasonic Lumix TZ100, iphone and sometimes iPad. Extra large handbag or backpack – Olympus OMD – 1.
I think probably my favorite camera has been whatever phone camera I have. It’s always there, hanging out…waiting to be remembered in situations where my “camera-camera” is forgotten at home, or too narrow/wide/out-of-film/etc…It has it’s drawbacks:
-capture lag (I think this is the single most annoying thing about my phone’s camera). I like being able to say “yes, this is the moment”
-people think you’re creepier when you ask to work with them on a photo with a phone camera…it’s a lot less endearing for all kinds of reasons
-I have less control over things (that goes both good/bad ways admittedly)
My film camera is getting a lot of exercise lately. Who knows, it may be my next favorite!
I use both digital and film cameras
Fuji x100f (latest purchase…wonderful image quality); x100t (will probably sell this guy); x70 (love the fllippy screen)
Leica M4-2 (my first Leica); M6 (I was raised on no-meter Leica so the built in meter is a great convenience
Contax T-3 (incredible lens and fun camera to shoot with)
Olympus Stylus (incredibly fun camera to shoot with, reasonably sharp lens)
I try to mix em up for various situations. I also shoot some things with a Fuji 645 camera (with auto focus yay!)
After years of lugging around tons of film SLR gear I now favor tiny small cameras.
My favourite camera is usually one I left at home – that’s cos it’s my TLR Rolleiflex 3.5 and it’s not convenient most the time. I have to use a light meter (app works great), it’s bulky to carry, it’s 6×6 so you just get 12 shots per roll of 120 film, and then I send my film to Taiwan to be processed so I have to wait ages to see the results.
But I love composing for the square format, the mechanicalness, looking down onto that gorgeous ground glass focusing screen, the quirkiness where your image is flipped on the x axis so you always pan the wrong way. So while not my best camera for everyday things, this is my favourite and I think the limitations can be a good thing for creativity.
All of them. No really.
I am starting to understand the Araki quote that if you want to change your images change your camera. Each has a different purpose and/or AURA.
There was a point in my career where I didn’t own a camera of my own and I had to borrow cameras. In that case you don’t feel comfortable readjusting the settings to fit your mode of shooting,so I have learned to tweak very little and go with as many of the factory defaults as possible. Trust my OWN instincts.
That said, The Leica M (film M7, M4, or digital M8, M9, MM, M240, M246, M10) is my go to for most things. Right behind it the RICOH GR is always with me as a back up or in situations where I can’t even bring an M. But then I mostly shot the SL with R and M adapters in the last 12 months, and ever more medium format Pentax 645z and Leica S 007 (recent). For film I’m happy with a one lens set up with a Hassy 603xi and Pentax 67 to give a little more than my M7 in 35mm, for faster film shooting a Contax G2 (although it’s MF is awful and it’s AF is sometimes hit or miss).
Each camera is different. So you “need” to try them all? Absolutely not. Does it stress you out to choose? If so K.I.S.S. But if you want to diversify and also learn to trust your own instincts – by all means shoot with as many cameras as you possibly can. If for no other reason but to prove to yourself it isn’t about the TOOL you use it’s about YOU.
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