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Roger, what camera do you prefer to take photos with and why? (2 replies and 4 comments)

abandonX
2 months ago
abandonX 2 months ago

Hi Roger and all,

I'm planning to buy a new camera in the near future, and am open to pretty much all options (that allows for the changing of lenses).  I do have a few cameras I'm interested in, but I want to get some more opinions.  To everyone, I just want to know which camera (or cameras) you have and why you chose them.  

Mike
2 months ago
Mike 2 months ago

I am an avid collector of cameras, always have been. I have hundreds of all types some going back to the 1900’s, analogue and digital they all fascinate me but they all have have one function, that is to record record images, they are purely light boxes with a lens and a shutter. Some are really well made and some not so, many are cheap and nasty but still take good photos. It all depends what you need a camera for, just taking a ‘snap’ like the ‘Snapper’ range of the 1920’s or the commercial cameras like ‘phase one’ medium format with digital backs. It’s all down to the lens system which produces the image. It’s the quality of the glass and who made it that makes the difference. It is extremely time consuming cutting and grinding glass ingots to size and weight and then slowly polishing for weeks to produce the best image possible, which is why lenses cost a fortune and where cameras degrease in value during their life time, lenses increase during their life cycle probably 20 times more than their original selling price. Glass lasts a long time, you can re-polish it many times, re-coat it with modern coatings and even re- barrel it which many people do to increase its resale value. A good lens will last a life time if looked after properly. A lens collection is as good as money in the bank.

Today’s cameras are miniature computers with a lens attached, they will calculate the maths to set the speed and aperture for you or if you are brave it will even set to ‘manual’ for you to experiment but the heart of a camera is the ‘lens’ system so it doesn’t actually matter who made the camera, ask yourself who actually made the lens and  more importantly the lens coatings.

 

RubenScott
4 weeks ago

Hi Guys,

Could you tell me what you think of my luts? That would be amazing!
Thank you so much.
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/932294109/amazing-cinematic-lutspresets-for?ref=shop_home_active_1»

Ruben
Rubenjscott.com

Mike
4 weeks ago

Not sure what you hope to gain as a photographer by others judging your LUT’s.
LUT’s will change and will depend on the project.

Mike
4 weeks ago

Questions and answers seem to be mixed up here!

Al Duffield
2 months ago
Al Duffield 2 months ago

I recently (during lockdown here in Aus) bought an M9 (used obviously) and have absolutely fallen in love with the process and the straight out of camera JPEGs. As Mike says, sure it’s a light box, but this one is such a pleasure to use, it rewards careful considered use and punishes laziness, it’s not quite film photography, but it strikes a happy medium.

The Leica glass isn’t anything to be sniffed at either

Mike
2 months ago

Ah! Atlast, a man who loves his camera, this is a rare species. Good on yer!

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