Shooting with the Sony RX100 by Kaushal Parikh
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “what camera do you use?” I just realized that I have been through quite a large number of cameras in the last 5 years. I am not one who believes that a better camera makes for better images, but I definitely believe that having a camera that you love will inspire you to go out and shoot, and the more you shoot the more good images you make – it’s that simple.
In recalling all the cameras I have used over the years and why I gave them up I also realized that I am pretty fickle when it comes to equipment. In fact I am the kind of guy that gets bored of things very quickly and always find an excuse to move on to something new. That is clearly the pattern that has played out with my street photography gear.
I started my street photography with a compact Lumix LX3 digital camera. It is a brilliant camera to use and I shot some of my best images in b&w with this little beauty. I would pre focus and just shoot away using the LCD to compose. The tiny sensor ensured that there was sufficient depth of field and hence critical sharpness. But the high ISO performance was not great. I then moved on to a 5D but although image quality was amazing I immediately found it too large and heavy to shoot with in the streets. Followed it up with a Fuji x100 and loved using it but then slowly fell in love with the tones of film. So then I got myself a Nikon FM2. A great camera and one that made me decide that film was it for me. I decided to splurge on my dream camera – the Leica M6 with a 35mm cron. As expected I grew to love this camera and i made some incredible images with it. But slowly I started to feel that I needed more speed and bought a Ricoh GR1s. A real gem but i quickly found the fixed 28mm lens too limiting and moved to an Olympus 35RC that had shutter priority and is also an amazing range finder with a fast 42mm lens. Alas I found manual focus was slowing me down a tad and I got myself the amazing Nikon L35 (Nikon’s first autofocus compact camera). By this time I was often mixing up my camera use with the Olympus and Nikon compact getting a majority of my time.
It was then that my wife gave me the most wonderful gift ever – a beautiful baby boy.
Since then my developing room has been converted into a nursery and developing my film in the spare bathroom was a ‘shitty’ experience. That’s when I read about the Sony RX100 and thought it would be great to have a digital compact to go with my film cameras. So I bought myself one and have been shooting with it a bit and think I quite like it. It has surprisingly snappy auto focus and decent high ISO performance. Using the LCD to compose feels a bit strange but it is so much quicker and more discreet as I can shoot from any angle. And best of all I look like the quintessential tourist with an amateur point & shoot digicam. I am reminded of why I fell in love with the freedom and convenience of using a digital compact camera in the first place. Back full circle!
Here are a few street images I shot with my RX100.