Every photograph you've ever admired was taken with past equipment

Discussion in 'Philosophy of Photography' started by Boid, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
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    Every photograph you've ever admired was taken with past equipment, not the thing you're waiting for someone to announce.

    Live in the Present | Sans Mirror — mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras | Thom Hogan

    Sometimes I like to imagine that I have all the lenses and all the cameras ever made. Then I realize that the decision involved in picking out the right tool to make the picture in my head, is a project in itself.

    Then I end up appreciating my X100 a bit more :biggrin:
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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
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    Bill Shinnick
    That's an interesting way to make a point.
  3. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
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    I look back at images and wish I still had that set up and had never sold it. I am now keeping my stuff longer and am going to try and not buy every new fangled camera that comes out!! I have the X100 which I Love. The image quality is superb so that's a keeper. The D3100 is a fab little DSLR and I'm just being careful that I buy the right lenses for it. I will buy the Panasonic LX6 (or whatever it will be called) when it's released as I can get it free from Panasonic!! It will be interesting to see how long I last with this set up!
  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    lots of truth in that article, we can't be told often enough it seems. I must say I'm not looking for a camera to improve on, for instance, the E-M5, which I think would be very close to my perfect system camera if I could afford it, with good enough image quality. The only two things I am waiting for, are real compacts (max LX5 / EX1 sized) with better high-ISO performance (ISO 800 is hit and miss, mostly miss, regarding IQ on my EX1) or more wide angle, and rugged cameras with better image quality, raw support and better manual control. For now, I'm still very happy with my EX1 :smile:
  5. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

    Jul 7, 2010
    It's a slippery slope. I've limited it to "the Sonnars every made" and the key 50mm lenses of the 1950s. And Nikon bodies. Nikon M no-synch through to the F3AF. Nikon E3 and D1 digital.
  6. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
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    I've always taken images with the equipment that I have!!

    difficult to take them with equipment that I don't have
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  7. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
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  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    Easy for him to say "stop lusting after new cameras" when his desk is covered in ALL of the newest cameras from this year. I well understand that new cameras won't make my photos better. But using the ones that I already have isn't doing it either. :biggrin:
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  9. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
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    I've found it gets a bit confusing when I use more than 2 or 3 different cameras at the same time. Damn menus! For now, I'm sticking to two digital and one film body and fully intend not to buy any more cameras for the foreseeable future.

    Lenses, well that's another story... A couple of gaps for my M set up need to be filled...24mm or 21mm Elmar for sale anybody?


  10. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
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    Stephen Noel
    I just like machinery. All kinds. So, I'll probably never be completely satisfied with what I now, or will have. Too bad! And what I now have, does a very good job, if I do my part.

    I do like to use only one camera at a time. Helps me not be so confused. :confused:
  11. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    That was well written and to the point. It's already out there, what are you waiting for.