Tough Camera Questions
A recent email exchange:
On 11/11/13 11:42 AM, Richard Cleaver wrote:
Thank you for your kind words on my Flickr photos. You had asked me what platform I use for shooting.
I have used a number of different camera bodies including the Nikon D3S, Nikon D800, Nikon D600, Fuji X100, Fuji X Pro 1, Sony RX100.
Most of my shooting is with Nikon. But, as my wife is often fond of reminding me, it is mostly the photographer and not the camera. She reminds me of that particularly when I think about buying a new camera 🙂
Those surely are words of wisdom. They remind me that I need to reinforce my foundation before pursuing more advanced photography techniques. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
Thom Hogan gave a similar perspective today on DSLRbodies:
So what [camera] should I buy? I’ll have a more specific answer soon, but the broad general answer is this: we’ve got an enormous number of highly capable cameras on the market at the moment. Everything from pocket dynamos (RX100, GR, Coolpix A, etc.) to SLR-type cameras that stretch into what many would think of as Medium Format territory (D800, A7r, etc.). If you’re holding out for something more, you sure are pretty finicky in your photographic tool needs. The bottom line is very simple: today’s options are varied and quite capable of great photography. If you aren’t taking great photographs, it isn’t because there isn’t a camera that can let you do it. The cameras are there. Are you?
But I still have my Nikon Df on pre-order.
Having attended several course and being told at each one “it’s the photographer not the camera” all I can tell you is if attend a course with a “real camera” you get a lot more respect than if you go with a point and shoot.
Agreed. A real camera with the right glass makes all the difference… in a photography workshop 🙂