Whilst I’ve tried a fair few cameras over the last eight years or so (I’d guess over 200, film and digital combined), there haven’t been many that I’ve absolutely hated.
Partly because I tend to like to do my research first, and buy something that has a decent reputation. And partly because on some level virtually all cameras capable of making a picture are magical machines in my view.
Similarly though, there haven’t been many cameras that I’ve absolutely adored.
Of my remaining cameras, I would say perhaps five are in this category – the Ricoh GRD III, Panasonic Lumix LX3, Pentax Q, Pentax K100D and Pentax K-m.
With each of these, whilst none are perfect, the irritations or flaws they do have, in my perception, are so minor they don’t impact my love of using them, and I can’t see a time when I would want to part with any of them.
What happens then though, is that one’s mind starts down a path of connected curiosity.
I start to wonder if, because this particular camera is this good, and that it proves what this company are capable of, it’s perhaps likely that they made another camera at least close to holding the same appeal for me.
So I start researching the cameras that surrounded, preceded and superceded my favourite one in their range, to see if I can discover another as adorable, or perhaps even a fraction more so.
Examples of this exploration based on my collection I mentioned above are –
– The Pentax Q7, which is very similar to the original Q, but with a slightly evolved and slightly larger sensor.
– The Lumix LX7, which superceded the LX5, which superceded the LX3 I have, but was so similar the jump wouldn’t be worth it, so I’ve skipped up to looking at the LX7. But I wouldn’t rule out an older LX2 either.
– The original Ricoh GR Digital, which is simpler than the GRD III I have and has a lower resolution sensor (8MP versus 10MP) and a reputation for even more contrasty and film like images than the GRD III. And at some point when the later GR with its APS-C sensor becomes affordable enough, I’d be interested in trying one of those too.
– And with the K100D, the K-m is its successor, so I already did that research and made that purchase!
Putting this another way, it’s always seemed to me a little like dating one girl, getting on brilliantly with her, but a few months in, wondering if she has an older (or indeed younger) sister who’s just as attractive – and perhaps even more so.
With cameras though, fortunately it’s a far less destructive behaviour!
How about you? When you’ve found a camera model you really love, has it led you to explore others that are similar, that were either siblings at the time, or that preceded or superceded it?
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