For the last few years I’ve wondered why, despite having found an excellent core arsenal of cameras, I still get something different, something extra, from using a camera that’s new to me.
And I am.
So what is the extra level of satisfaction I get using a new camera?
I think there’s an underlying factor of having a point to prove.
With my tried and tested cameras, I know I can create certain photographs with them, images I’m proud of and happy to share.
With unfamiliar gear, this is all yet unproven.
It’s the same person behind the camera of course, those most important 12 inches of Ansel Adams, but there’s the obstacle of the equipment itself that is not yet conquered.
Usually, the gear in question is something dead cheap I couldn’t resist from eBay.
Like the classy little Casio Exilim EX Z-1000 that cost me all of £6.
So the point becomes can I make a decent photograph with pocket money cameras?
I think this then proves two things to me.
First, that I can still make images I like with any camera, a variation of staying on top of that old saying about musical artists being only as good as their last record.
Second, that photography can be done on an absolute shoestring budget.
Which is something I have shown over and over again, and written about many of my experiments here on 35hunter.
How about you? Do you enjoy the challenge of making a photograph you’re proud of with a new (to you) camera?
Does it give you any more or less satisfaction when you make photographs you love with gear that cost you next to nothing?
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