The reason you use the camera you do today might be because it’s the original Leica your German maternal grandfather bought in the 1930s and made, amongst other photographs, a comprehensive portrait gallery of your extended family that is still viewed and reminisced about to this day.
Handing it down to you when his eyesight no longer allowed any photography, you’ve treasured it – and tried to emulate his legacy – ever since.
Or perhaps the camera you choose to use today is the consumer Kodak your aunty used to make the last photographs of your mother before she succumbed to a long and cruel battle with illness.
The images capture her last days where she never showed less than a quiet yet fiercely courageous dignity, something you’ll never forget.
Maybe the camera you use currently is the mint and good as new Minolta X-700 with an equally pristine Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 lens that your wife’s uncle gave you as a wedding present.
It wasn’t new, but he treated his gear with such care and respect it felt like it was, and you’ve continued to look after it with similar reverence, roll after roll after roll of film ever since.
Or is the camera you use today the fifteen year old digital Canon compact you bought five years ago for a few pounds in a car boot sale, when as a single parent you barely had enough money to cloth and feed yourself and your family, and a camera – even this cheap – felt like a guilty indulgence.
It’s served you loyally ever since, making thousands of images and documenting dozens of adventures, so why change it?
It even might be that the camera you use today is that amazing little Ricoh that when you first closed your hands around its grip, felt as comfortable and as right for you as the moment you first embraced your partner of 25 years.
And, as with your partner all those years ago, you knew in that instant you met, you’d never need to look any further.
When there are so many cameras to choose from these days, the spec sheet means increasingly little in our decision.
Far more important is how the camera feels – and how it makes you feel.
The reason you use the camera you do is very unlikely due to its 42MP sensor, high speed wi-fi and 724 Auto Focus points…
What really influences YOUR choice of camera?
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