For years, this was me.
Hiding behind my wall of cameras, eternally testing and trying the latest vintage beauty I’d stumbled across.
Constantly, guiltily, looking over my shoulder at the growing mass of bodies and lenses sprawled across shelves and buried in boxes.
Always feeling that once I’d found that elusive one true love, that invisible camera that got out of my way, I would finally start to become a proper photographer, and not just another camera tester with an incurable addiction to acquiring increasingly more.
But then I began to realise…
That there’s not that great a difference between a Pentax or a Minolta or a Konica.
That 95% of 50mm lenses are more than good enough for my needs.
That a tiny compact digital can give me very satisfying results and be as much fun to use as cumbersome film gear.
That I was using such a range of new (to me) kit so if the photos weren’t much good, I always had an excuse to fall back on, like my unfamiliarity with the camera or the fact it was partly broken or that I’d used a far too long expired film.
In recent months I’ve finally become ready to face up to the reality.
The small selection of cameras (three) that I use often now, I know more than well enough to get the results I like.
So any shortfall in the final image is entirely down to a lack of vision or ambition or competence on my part.
And I’m ok with that.
I’d rather give it my best shot (literally!), miss slightly and be better educated for the next time, than be constantly wondering which variable in my ever changing set up caused the failing.
Collecting and using dozens of cameras can be a lot of fun.
But if you’re hiding (like I realised I was for at least a couple of years) behind all those different cameras and lenses because you’re afraid of letting your photography stand up naked and be counted, then that would be a shame for all of us.
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