Just over two years ago I began a one month one camera (OMOC) project, in an effort to escape the feelings of overwhelm and indecision I was experiencing trying to pick which camera to use each time I headed out.
The idea was that if I had already chosen the camera at the start of the month, I wouldn’t spend ages debating which camera to use, but would just grab one and go.
Then enjoy the experience more, rather than constantly wondering if a different camera would have been a better choice.
It’s been very effective, and in conjunction with drastically thinning down my camera arsenal on the whole, has meant I’ve felt far more focused on enjoying and getting the most the camera in my hand.
I’ve got to know each camera better, and bonded with it more deeply. They’ve become fond friends, far more than fleeting flings.
Back in October, I embarked on another round of OMOC, with my latest Lumix acquisition, the FZ38.
I didn’t use any other camera in November or December either (aside from the usual family snapshots on my Sony Xperia phone and a Christmas card/calendar shoot with the Pentax K30), and the same has been true for January.
Whilst I haven’t shot a huge number of photos over this period (hundreds, rather than thousands), the Lumix is still plenty interesting and enjoyable enough that not I’m casting longing sideways glances at any other cameras, looking for a way out of my cameranogamy.
So it looks like for the first time since late 2011 when I bought my first “proper” camera (ie not the one in my phone), and used nothing else for seven months, I’ve stuck with just one machine for more than a month.
Long may it continue, the Lumix FZ38 seems to offer an excellent balance between a smaller compact digital body, and a larger DSLR – both physically and in terms of features.
How about you? What’s the longest you used just one camera for in the last year, and what were the benefits of committing to just one for this period?
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