A recent post on JimGrey’s blog got me thinking…
So many of us have built up a bigger collection of cameras than we intended to – or will ever use – and are struggling to whittle them back down to a manageable size again.
But what if we took a different, more radical approach to streamlining the arsenal?
What if we donated our entire collection of cameras, lenses and all related kit in one go?
Then, with the rushing dizziness of that blank canvas and the opportunity to begin afresh, which three cameras would you pick first?
For me, this is a decision that took me about three seconds to make.
Here’s the lineup –
1. Pentax Q with 01 Standard Prime 47mm (equivalent) f/1.9 lens.
Unbelievably compact, very straightforward to understand and use, but with the performance to worry a DSLR, the Q has been an absolute revelation to me. I can’t imagine being without one.
Especially as it has interchangeable lenses (though I only have two) plus diverse adaptability to Pentax K mount and M42 should I ever need something extra.
2. Ricoh GRD III.
Despite very close competition from the Pentax Q, the GRD III remains the best handling and most intuitive interface of any digital camera I’ve used. The lens is stunning, fast and focuses down to 1cm. What else could you need?
The only reasons the Q was first on my list was the ability to get lovely results straight out of camera (the Ricoh still needs a bit of extra boosting), plus the potential expansion of the lens system, compared with the Ricoh’s fixed 28mm.
3. Asahi Spotmatic F with Super Takumar 55/1.8 lens.
For those times I want to go old school and shoot film, what better than arguably the finest camera to wear the Asahi name on its prism, combined with one of the greatest, most luxurious feeling lenses ever made?
Ironically in many ways this was the camera that signalled the decline of my film photography – the search for the definitive camera was all over. But I can’t imagine ever being without one.
Over to you – if you had a completion camera collection reboot, what would be the first three for your new collection?
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