Starting a new year and I’m still dithering about which camera to use for what and when. The difference isn’t just due to image quality. It is also an issue of ease of carrying and using. I try to use all of my cameras but pick the one that is adequate for the conditions. In really lower light with faster action I use one of my Fujifilm cameras, but when I want a pocket camera or need a rugged waterproof camera, I have been using the Olympus TG-5.
I used the Fujifilm X-E3 camera with the 27mm lens to record this morning’s sunrise. I used the Fujifilm X100F to make the image of water boiling in the tea pot when I didn’t want a large depth of field, but I wanted to get close. I used the TG-5 to capture the essence of the weather when I was inside looking through the screen at a parked car when it was raining, and I wanted the maximum depth of field. In all cases I tend to reach for the smallest lightest camera that will do the job.
I use my Fujifilm cameras for all of my Homewood images when I need to achieve maximum image quality, but I often will carry the TG-5 when out walking since it is smaller and lighter and more rugged and when I have the time to enjoy the challenge of making different images with it.
For most of my Homewood event photography I have been mostly using my Fujifilm X-T2 with zoom lenses since I need to photograph a wider range of subjects at varying distances, usually from behind the audience so that I don’t disturb the residents. The question for the coming year is what setup will I mostly use?
My current main problem is the arthritis in both of my hands, especially in my thumb joints. Between my hands, my back, and my knees, I find that I have a worsening issue with my ability to carry, hold, and use my cameras. I would really like a better camera for use with my hands, but finding one isn’t easy. When they have been adding more functions to cameras over the years, especially additional abilities to use the cameras for making longer 4K videos, etc., newer cameras have been getting larger and heavier. I don’t need a lot of functions, especially not for videos, but no one makes new, basic, lighter, easier to use cameras without multiple capabilities these days that are affordable.
But carrying and using my existing cameras isn’t my biggest concern. My biggest concern is what to photograph. In the past I have tried different cameras and lenses to enable me to photograph additional things with extended capabilities like macro and longer focal lengths. I’ll continue to search for other things and different ways of photographing them. As in the past years, I will continue my search for the optimum camera and lenses that meet my physical and photographic constraints as well as maximizing my photographic opportunities while reducing my number of cameras to a minimal set; but, the least expensive solution is to use the cameras I have along with a few prime lenses and reduce the number of images that I make. Rats, that doesn’t sound like much fun.