Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Close (but still no cigar)...

As far as buying my first breakthrough digital camera that is. If I had the $$$, I'd buy the Fujifilm XT-1 with 20, 28 & 40mm equivalents- case closed, set for life; but I don't, so I won't... 

Considered a Sony a7- can use all my Nikon glass on a super compact FF body! Except the bulky adapters would throw off the whole balance and size thing! Might as well go for the Nikon D610 and get a real OVF and complete manual controls- but I'll honor my oath to abstain from bulbous DSLR's.

The Olympus E-M10- cute as a button, but no real WA primes beyond 28mm equivalents; the Olympus 12mm is soft and expensive, and the WA zooms are way too horrifying to contemplate with their telescoping, penile proboscises. Those zooming protrusions put such a royal hurtin' on my eyes and sensibilities, I couldn't care how good they are. But Stan, they're just tools- it's stupid to buy things just on looks. No, not just looks. Cars are transportation tools; most new cars do their thing well (like most new cameras)- and while we can't all afford the most pleasing to our eye, we at least settle for... the least offensive. So why is insisting on photographic tools that do not assault our overall aesthetics any more crazy (unless you need a very specific tool for a very specific reason)? Meanwhile, third party lens offerings are bulkier and tend to defeat the size advantage of the m4/3 format, and the Panasonic (non telescoping) WA zoom is too expensive, with an engorged front element that simply begs you to scratch it and watch you cry. Yes, I really have thought this out.

Fact is, I'm not that prodigious a shooter, and fortunately, I'm still having fun with my F3 and FM3A. We'll see what happens in a coupla years when the organic sensors kick in, I should have won the Lotto by then, or at least have bought a ticket.

Anyway, lots of very interesting things heading down our way- and I still continue to throw wayward glances at this lovely lady...

2 comments:

Mike C said...

Do you have any concerns about the availability of film? Seems like every year more of it is being discontinued. BTW I love that camera too but already committed to digital.

Stan B. said...

I'd be sweating it if I was a color shooter, particularly where medium format is concerned. No doubt there's gonna be fewer and fewer color emulsions available with time.
I feel confident however that a few B&W standards will be available for considerably longer. And of course, those particularly knowledgeable insights are based on blind faith and pure conjecture...