In order to kickstart your photography journey, you would require a camera for sure. It can be in any shapes and form, from smartphone to point and shoot, from mirrorless to DSLR. Whatever it is, its a tool that you will be using to capture a picture, to turn your vision and imagination into a still art form.
For me, it all started with my very first Canon PowerShot G12, followed by PowerShot G1X. Later on, I switched to Fujifilm and used X-Pro1, X-E2, X-T2, and the X100 series cameras. I have also used Leica M9 and M240 before I finally switched to Sony A7 III. Well, that is… of course, only half of the story. I have also owned a few film cameras along the way, like the Nikon FM3A, Zeiss Ikon, Fujifilm GW690 and Hasselblad Xpan.
That’s a pretty long list for the past 10 years. There are those who argued camera is not important, it’s all about your vision. While there are those who argued camera is equally important as your skill, as it entice you to go out and shoot. Whatever it is, I believe for most of us, especially hobbyists are inevitable in owning all sorts of cameras along our photography journey. Some call it gear acquisition syndrome, well, I agree that there are those who are into camera buying and not photography itself. But for most of us, it’s more than just gear buying.
We started a new hobby, stepping into the world of photography. We wouldn’t know for sure what we like and what we wanted. Hence, a lot of trial and errors may occur along the way. Trying out cameras from different manufacturer, different form factors between SLR and rangefinder, trying out different sensor size and technology and so on. Eventually, we will find what suits us the best and settle down (or we are running out of money to fund our hobby). Also, as your shooting style changed, your skill evolved, your requirement changed, it’s totally normal that one may need to switch to a different camera in order to keep them going.
As we settled down in our hobby, getting matured, have better understanding on the world of photography, I believe most of us will end up sticking with a camera for a longer period of time. Do you have any confession to make on your long list of camera used?