I went to look at cameras today, again. The whole thing is very frustrating for several reasons.
First of all many stores carry only the most popular and best selling models. It’s like trying to buy motorcycle gloves, or boots, or a Shoei helmet in white. Even if by some miracle you find the gloves, boots or helmet you want, the chance that they will have your size is as slim as an anorexic model.
Then, there is the variety of cameras to choose from. The DSLRs are so big and bulky I knocked almost every one I looked at off the little stand just putting it back. The EVIL cameras have a small body, but with a big long lens they get heavy and are just not what I want.
So I’ve decided to wait until next year, prices are supposed to drop towards March as new models come out. Maybe something like the Fuji X100S, only for about half of the current $1300 price.
I read a great book last month called The Minimalist Photographer by Steve Johnson. The concept is to look at photography in a different way, and focus more on simple subjects and better composition. For example, instead of an old train with a complete snow covered mountain range in the background, consider just part of one car.
I also realized that less effort and obsession with perfection can be more rewarding, and certainly easier. Going through hundreds of pictures to edit in Photoshop can take hours.
The camera I have is very, very good at many things and not so good at others, like shooting an old train with a complete snow covered mountain range in the background. I just can’t seem to get enough detail in those mountains!
One thing most compact cameras do extremely well is macro. Flowers, butterflies, leaves, or even the pin on a pinhead.
Yes, I think I’m going minimalist, I think I’m going minimalist, I really think so.