Close, or far, or both? I have looked for a new camera that would satisfy all of my needs and have been trying to decide what I prefer to photograph. My problem is that I can’t separate the type of camera that I prefer from the types of images I’m likely to be making.
When it comes to cameras I prefer a mirrorless rangefinder style that is small, lightweight, and discreet to use around people. When it comes to what I photograph, I find that I often need the versatility of a DSLR and longer focal length lenses. If I want to use just one camera, which should it be? Do I need multiple cameras? Should I concentrate on a limited type, or range, of photography?
I have sold my Pentax K-3 and all of my Pentax lenses since I was finding that I really wasn’t, often couldn’t easily use it. I have tried to utilize my micro 4/3 gear for most of my photography lately, but while it works for most, it sometimes fails me. This has led me to try a DSLR one more time. I started with the lens. I liked, and found that my Pentax 18 – 135 mm lens was a very versatile focal length that covered most of my good light photography; but the lens had not-so-good image qualities. I then reviewed the Fuji 18 – 135 mm lens, but while a lot better than the Pentax, it still had some issues. What surprised me was that I found the Canon 18 – 135 mm lens looked better in the reviews, so I decided to try it. I ordered a Canon 70D and the 18 – 135 mm lens.
I could have tried just the lens on my Canon SL1 but while it is OK, it just doesn’t have some of the features and controls that I prefer for a one-and-only camera. Since the Canon 70D had what I wanted in way of features and was on sale, I have ordered one to try.
One thing driving me back to a DSLR, is to be able to photograph images similar to the above ones. The above are images made through my window with the Canon SL1 for illustrative purposes. I like to be able to make images that contain subjects both near and far, in low or/and contrasty light, and be able to select what I want to be in focus. In the one, the sun had come up and was shining straight at me behind the curtain. The horizontal bands are the venation blinds that I was shooting through while focusing on the distant tree limbs (approximately 80-100 yards away) using the single center auto focus point and the 55 – 250 mm Canon lens. The second was also taken through the window during one of our snows using the same lens.
In addition, I find that I am often a “run and gun” photographer. I like to leave one lens on my camera and have it at the ready and pick it up and quickly take a picture like above using the program mode. These are all features that a DSLR camera does best.
If I can’t find a camera that works for me in the modes I like, I might restrict what I photograph to fit a different style of camera. I plan to try the Canon 70D with the 18 – 135 mm and other lenses I have. I will let you know how I do with it during my trial period. If it works for everything, I hope to be able to do all of my photography with just it and my Ricoh GR.