Let me just start by saying I have not done this! Yes, the heat is getting to me somewhat but I am still in possession of the same tonnage of camera kit as I was last week. It is however a question I’ve allowed myself to ponder over the last couple of weeks, mainly because the quality of images produced by compact-system cameras is now amazingly good (and my Canon 5D MkII is amazingly heavy).
As I’m sure is the case with any photographer worth their salt, I’m more interested in the quality of an image rather than the thing that’s used to create it and up until now the best looking digital photography was created with big old dSLR’s and fancy lenses. Now though they have a bit of competition.
I’ve fallen a bit head-over-heels with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 – it’s a mirrorless camera with interchagable lenses. I love how it’s pared back to basics and the controls for the apeture and shutter speed are with knobs and dials – just like a film camera. It has some wonderful lenses which by comparison are much cheaper than those for a dSLR and the images all seem to have a certain je ne sais quoi loveliness.
I’m focussing on tangible things like camera equipment as I feel like I’ve lost my photo mojo lately. The few photos I have taken are average at best and I’m deleting way more than I’m keeping (a lot of the time because the Canon 5D MkII chooses to focus on the most random of things). Blaming my equipment is the easiest way to explain this away and means I don’t have to dig too deep into all the squishy emotional reasons why this might be.
Just in time though to stop me from doing anything crazy, this week is Polaroid Week which has given me the kick up the bum I needed to take advantage of all the gorgeous daylight and reawaken my love affair with my Polaroid SX-70…
What do you think though… would you ever swap all your dSLR gear for a smaller camera?