So here they are, my beloved Gang Of Four, the greatest cameras in the history of the universe.*
(*Where “The Known Universe” means the extent of cameras I have actually used in the last decade so can form a reasoned, yet entirely subjective opinion about, and excludes the 17 million I haven’t.)
I’m not going to go into much depth (or indeed any depth!) about their specs, suffice to say I enjoy them all hugely and any one of them I could happily use as my only camera for the rest of my days.
The point of this post is, that based on my own unique experience of owning and using a couple of hundred cameras (film and digital) in the last seven years, these four have risen to the top.
The reasons why are personal to me, based largely around their size, handling, intuitive user interface, affordability and fantastic (but not too fantastic) lens and sensor performance.
Your favourite cameras will of course be different, which is to be celebrated!
When we read a camera review – either the type that consists of dry technical specs, dull charts and staged photographs, or a real world user experience based on the kind of pictures you and I are actually likely to make – we can still only get a rough idea about a camera.
There have been a number in the past that I’ve got hold of after a glowing review, then been hugely disappointed with a feature that has been a complete “deal breaker” for me, like a poor viewfinder, awkward handling or illogical controls.
Conversely, sometimes a hidden gem emerges, not widely known or revered, but a delight and perhaps even more valuable a find because of this.
We’re each on our own special journey to find the photography experience(s) we enjoy most.
And whilst the final image has a significant place and importance, the experience of using the camera(s) is also very important for most of us here.
If it was all about image and convenience, we’d all just be using the latest iPhone, Galaxy or Pixel with Hipstamatic or Snapseed and would have ditched everything else.
Despite my One Month, One Camera project this year, which I have greatly enjoyed, it’s just reminded me how lucky I’ve been to find the Gang Of Four above.
And that I really don’t need to keep looking at other options!
How about you? Where are you on your photographic journey, in terms of finding a set up that works well and you enjoy? What matters most to you on this journey?
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