For July I embarked on another chapter of my ongoing One Month One Camera (OMOC) project.
This time around I used my Samsung GX-1S, a Pentax K mount DSLR from 2006 with a 6MP sensor and nothing more than the essentials, not even shake reduction.
I couldn’t resist the Samsung at the price it was going for, with a more unusual lens that turned out broken, but somehow I managed to fix.
My conclusions this month are twofold –
1. A basic old camera like the GX-1S is really all I need with a DSLR.
I wasn’t constantly thinking I wish I had a 24MP sensor or GPS or 38 point AF or rapid consecutive shooting modes.
For my kind of photography – slow and considered, usually close up, with vintage lenses – the little Samsung ticks the few boxes I needed, in a user friendly and reliable way.
It gets me closer to the essentials of photography – light, shadow, texture, composition, depth of field, focus – without unnecessary gimmicks getting in the way.
2. One camera plus a few lenses is probably the perfect balance for me.
I have four Pentax K mount DSLRs, but three are pretty similar (the GX-1s, K100D and K-m), with the later K-30 being the odd one out.
It doesn’t have a CCD sensor but the handling, large viewfinder and dynamic b/w mode make it appealing enough to keep as an alternative.
But really the variation comes (in both user experience and the final image) with the lenses.
Over June and July I wanted to explore some different lenses, and made a few purchases.
I don’t plan to buy new lenses (or even one new lens) every month, I want a small set of lenses for the long term.
But with the arsenal I now have, there’s the option to have variety across the lenses, with consistency in the camera I’m using them with.
Which I think is where I’ve always wanted to be.
I don’t feel that time spent learning a new camera has any benefits now, I’d rather stick with those I know how to get the best out of, and that bring me most enjoyment.
With a range of lenses though it provides that diversity to keep me inspired and excited about going out to shoot – I’m not sure I’ll ever be a purely one camera with just one lens kind of guy.
My plans for August are vague.
I’ve only been out once so far as I write this, about a week in, and the current heatwave has put me off venturing too far for too long!
It’s likely I’ll be sticking with the Pentax DSLRs and M42 lenses though.
How about you, what have you been using lately? How much variety do you like in the equipment you use?
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