Online dating sites are more popular than ever. On paper it makes huge sense to meet up with people who are already compatible with you in a number of important ways, rather than take pot luck with a random stranger.
But however wonderful a potential partner might sound in their profile, there has to be a certain amount of chemistry when you engage with them in person.
It doesn’t even have to be a physical, romantic chemistry – that can evolve later. But if you just don’t “click” with the other person in some way, it’s unlikely to go anywhere, however much you might want it to.
In my experience, much the same conundrum exists with cameras.
There are cameras that have sounded perfect for me in the manual, or in a review, and have had all the features I might need, but I just haven’t gelled with them.
Case in point is the camera I used throughout February for my One Month, One Camera (OMOC) project, the FujiFilm FinePix F810.
It’s compact enough, has plenty of manual control, offers very good feedback on screen, is well built with a classy metal body, and makes pretty impressive photographs.
No, make that really lovely photographs. And it only cost me £15.
That’s plenty of big ticks for the FinePix, and I really can’t complain much about anything.
Yes the mode dial moves too easily and is always on a mode I don’t want when I take it out of my bag. Yes it has way too many buttons and they’re not logically arranged.
Yes the menus and functions aren’t very logical either and a bit baffling for a first time user. Yes the widescreen feature is pretty pointless as it just crops the 4:3 image and doesn’t make the field of view or focal length any wider.
Yes the handling is a bit slippery (I applied grip tape front and rear), and yes the tiny viewfinder is next to useless, and the viewfinder warning light plain annoying (I applied gorilla tape across both).
Ok, maybe there are a few things I can complain about.
None are major, but maybe together they’re enough to keep me emotionally at arm’s length from the FinePix, and nowhere near ready to consider a longer term commitment.
I just never loved using it, or walked past it on my shelf and felt the urge to pick it up and play with it, even if I wasn’t taking pictures.
And trust me, there are plenty of cameras I have done this with!
So, unlike the charming little “Golden IXUS” (Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS) I used in January which I have kept, the FujiFilm won’t be finding a long term place in my camera arsenal.
Onwards to March!
Which camera do you remember offering great potential, but then just never having any chemistry with when you used it?
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