My thoughts about photography-gear
By Henrik Ersgård
It’s a cruel world we live in. We have so many options, so many choices and (some of us) an unlimited budget. Does it ever stop? Will we soon be satisfied?
“The best camera is the one you have with you” When it all comes down, this is the truth. The holy grail!
When I first find my interest in photography I was in school and I was 17 years old. Lessons in what aperture means, shutter times, lenses, ISO etc. At first it was OK. Then it went fun. Then I became obsessed. I bought my first DSLR and the journey began. But the journey has not been easy… I am now a part of a company as a photographer. I do not (yet) work fulltime as a photographer. It’s my side-on living/loving/hobby.
I have switched systems maybe 6 or 7 times. I have lied to myself and talked myself into crazy things. Just because this thing called GAS… From DSLR-(new)DSLR-FUJIX100-DSLR-NEX6-FUJIXE1-DSLR-FUJIX100 & DSLR. I now sit here with my second Fujifilm X100 and a huge DSLR. Do I love photography? Yes. Do I think that it’s fun? Yes and No. Why I say No is because me, myself and I have somehow spoiled the fun because I just want to have new gear all the time. New things, because with new things, there is new possibilities! Or?
I, it’s hard to say “we, are creating own problems that somehow was not there in the first place. Instead of picking up my camera, go out and just shoot and have a lot of fun, I start to wonder instead. Wondering and thinking that maybe if I had that new camera, with those beautiful new lenses (who everybody else has) I would have much more fun and take hundreds of keepers! I’m sorry for disappointing you, but that won’t help. But I admit, I am a sucker for things/gear. Especially photography-gear. It is a wonderful feeling you have when you have purchased something new, something new that you have read all the reviews about, something new that just looks so goddamn good. And it feels so right. A big happy moment! A short big happy moment? There are reviews everywhere. This camera can do all this, but it can’t do that. But hey, this camera can do that, but not all this! Choose this one! When you read it, it’s easy! Then why is it so hard? Truth, choosing photography-gear has sometimes been the worst I have done in my entire 24-year-old-long-life. (a little ironic maybe…) All the talking about APS-C, Full Frame, m4/3. Will you not like my picture if it’s not captured with a Full Frame? That’s too bad. Maybe, I can sell my gear and go Full Frame then!…
I need to get back to scratch. Who am I (just kidding…) Seriously, what do I need? Do I need a really blazing fast camera? Do I need all the available lenses? My father once learned me to think like this in nearly every situation; “What’s the purpose?” Now, it’s very clear to me what he was trying to say.
After spending a lot of hours on your site (such a wonderful place) Steve, I stumbled upon this; http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/10/09/a-vintage-year-with-the-om-d-e-m5-and-e-m1-by-neil-buchan-grant/
Such an amazing article! If you have not read it and looked at the photos, you MUST!
And oh, look! The pictures are captured with a Full Frame… m/43 Olympus OM-D E-M5! In almost every forum, there has been some whispering going on. M4/3 is too small. You can absolutely not get the same results or print bigger then A4 with a small sensor like that. Really? What about the “picture”? The purpose why I use my camera, isn’t that about the picture? The final result? Am I a bad person for choosing a small sensor?
Find yourself a camera that can do what you need to do. Then get a lens that you love, the kind of lens that is mounted on your camera most of the time. Maybe two more lenses, regarding the purpose. Because without those lenses, Its’ hard to get the picture. Right? Why I’m writing this is because that I just need to put it on paper and read it for myself. Maybe there are many of you out there who has gone nearly as insane as I have about cameras/lenses/sensors so that you nearly forgot about that it should be fun to photograph. Smile when you pick up your camera instead of gently picking ut up with rubber-gloves so that it won’t be any scratches on it. If there are scratches, then I may not be able to sell it later when I get a new one!!!… That really sounds terrible. It really does.
I read somewhere about a guy who’s wife was about to have a baby, his camera got hit and it became a noticeable mark on it. Instead of crying out loud (who would do that??) this mark on his camera now reminds him of the day his baby was born. That’s how feelings about photography should be. Like a love story. Because all good things DON’T need to come to an end. And oh, because of my purpose I’m about to settle with a Olympus OM-D E-M5. The size, the quality, the feel. Enough!
Thank you very much Steve!! Your website is Nr.1!
Henrik Ersgård from Sweden
Link to my website/blog; www.hersgardphotography.wordpress.com