The other day I was talking to Debra about the Nikon V1. Debra likes to know, to understand, to make sense of things and one thing that she didn’t understand was why I have more than one camera. I attempted to explain, but she still didn’t understand. So, I am eliciting your help to give your reasons why you have more than one camera. No. You don’t have to justify it to me or her, but it is interesting to someone new to the ‘game’, I suppose.
It all started with the fact that I have an M9. She said:
If I had an expensive camera like that, I’d use it for everything, and I mean everything. I’d get the most use out of it that I could.
She might have a point, but:
analogy: If I were a chef, I suppose that I could make most any meal with a large enough pot. I could make soups, soufflés, stir fries, pastries, whatever; however, having an assortment of pans makes the job easier. You don’t simply use one type of pan for everything, no matter how much it costs.
Currently, in the arsenal, I have:
- Leica M9 – I use this for street photography, indoor photography where I want a quiet camera (weddings, churches, wherever it is good to be really quiet), and landscape. It falls short as a camera for sports and macro, for example. I really like it because it is rather minimalist. It has manual focus, very few menu items, and it’s a rangefinder.
- Nikon D300 – I use this for street photography, landscapes, portraits, sports, macro. It falls a bit short in the quiet department. The mirror slap is noticeable, even in a noisy environment. This is probably the best all-around camera that I have, but it is big, bulky, and not all that portable. Interchangeable lenses make it so that I can be ready for any situation, practically.
- Canon S90 – I use this as my travel camera. It’s good for fitting in your pocket, which is mainly why I have it. When I want to travel light, this is the go-to camera. It can do a little bit of everything and has good image qualities.
- Mamiya 645e – Well, sometimes, I gotta shoot film. This is my medium format film camera. When I was an up and coming photographer I always wanted one of these but they were priced way out of my minimum wage earning range. Now, I have one and enjoy shooting it from time to time and developing the film. It just has a different feel, both the camera and the film results.
- iPhone – Because I always have it with me!
In conclusion, I could use any of these cameras, with limitations, to get a particular shot; however, some make that shot much easier to get. In my way of looking at things, one size does not fit all. I wouldn’t dream of only owning one pan, either … even if that pan were a wok (inside joke, there!)
And, finally, one more thing … because trying new cameras is cool!