Fifteen years ago, the perfect camera was the Sony Cyber-shot camera phone I had with me wherever I went.
It was more than good enough to capture pictures of dew dappled cobwebs, smouldering sunsets and decaying leaves.
Post processing meant simply plugging the camera into my PowerBook and uploading the images, then sorting through and delete those I didn’t want.
Today, right now, I would say the requirements haven’t actually changed much, despite the hundreds of cameras that have passed through my hands in the interim.
More importantly, I think I’ve learned there is no perfect camera, indeed there is no perfect anything.
You choose the best you can with the knowledge and feelings you have, then try to make the most of it.
Perhaps even more importantly, you consciously limit your exposure to other options, for the sake of your own sanity and happiness.
Imagine having a wonderful partner but scouring dating sites every night to see if the might be someone ever so slightly more “perfect” for you.
Or going to a restaurant, ordering one meal, having a bite or two, then ordering another meal instead in case it might be slightly tastier, then another and another.
The more we look around at other options, the less content we become with what’s right in front of us and working out very well thank you very much.
I’m reminded of a Chinese proverb, the man who chases two rabbits catches neither.
I’ve been there, with relationships, with cameras and other things, and it’s a very unsatisfying and unsettling place to be.
So back to today’s perfect camera.
It’s the one I’ve used most recently, the more than capable, excellent handling, light and compact Lumix FZ38, that cost me a fraction of what my camera phone did all those years back, and an even tinier fraction of what I’ve spent on cameras in between these two.
What are your thoughts on the “perfect” camera? Does it exist?
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