Some cameras just feel right the moment you lay your hands on them.
Others, despite their impressive spec and apparent near perfect compatibility with you on paper – as well as being capable of stunning images – just never feel like they belong in your embrace.
This reminds me of a novel I read some years back where the author suggested that after years of numerous physical partners, the acid test as to whether there was any chemistry (and longer term relationship potential) was the moment their bare bellies met.
With some people, I just felt right, like home.
With others there was an almost physical repulsion, like those early science experiments in primary school, where magnets with the same poles forced together would just as quickly spring apart again.
Anyway, back to cameras, and this compatibility is not just about the actual part of the camera you grip.
This chemistry also encompasses the buttons, dials, and levers, how intuitively placed they are, how they feel to use, how effectively they work, and more.
For me, there are only two cameras where I can say it was instantly “love at first grip”.
The Pentax K10D, which felt like returning to a long lost lover the moment I closed my fingers around the rubber grip and raised the camera to my eye.
And the Ricoh GRD III, which whilst having a much smaller grip, and being a mere fraction of the size and weight of the hefty K10D, felt equally “right” in my hand.
How about you? Which cameras have you fallen in love with the moment you’ve laid your fingers on them?
Looking from the opposite angle, how awkward does a camera have to be for you to conclude you’ll never connect with it and sell it on?
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