After I bought my very first camera, the Canon PowerShot G12, I started to shoot more and learn more on the technical aspect of photography. I know what the F-stop means and what it does, how to manipulate the settings between ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed and so on. The initial learning stage is always the stage where people will learn a lot very fast, and get to the first point of saturation quickly.
During this period, my Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.) has started. I bought some accessories such as a small flash Canon Speedlite 270EX, Lensmate filter adapter for the G series camera, started to play around with Circular polarizer and UV filter, then bought myself the Cokin graduated ND filter set, getting myself a Jusino tripod, remote shutter release, Raynox wide angle conversion lens, Raynox macro conversion lens and etc. The amount of accessories I bought for a “compact camera” seems a little overwhelm, right? Well, other than getting gears and accessories, I did spent on photography books, for which I think will be a much better investment for years to come.
Soon, I find myself stagnated in a certain skills level. Perhaps I have understand the G12 well enough and realized it’s limitation, perhaps I have grown beyond the camera, or perhaps it was just my G.A.S. that grew beyond me. I decided to upgrade to Canon PowerShot G1X later when it released. In many ways, G1X is a camera similar to G12, but the larger sensor gives better image quality. And this is when I started to sink myself into photo editing (though I was never really good at it) and starts shooting RAW.
Those who used the G1X before will know that there’re a lot of trade off Canon made to the camera in order to get the large sensor tuck in the body, namely poor minimum focus distance, sub-par macro mode & heavy body and lens. Other than that, AF was not at all fascinating, and it’s not really a camera that suits everyone. During this period, micro four third and interchangeable lens camera systems are still rather new in the market, the holy grail still lies in the hand of DSLR. Entry level DSLR are not that popular and cheap like nowadays, that’s part of the reason I bought the G1X rather than, say a Canon EOS 500D or equivalent.
My elder sister has “graduated” from her G10 and moved on to a Canon EOS 50D. I don’t really get to try it out usually, as she has been using it all the time. When I got my hands on it, another round of G.A.S. strikes… I’ll talk more about it in the next post.