If I had a £1,000 to spend on a camera today….well, there sure are plenty of nice cameras. You could get a hell of a DSLR for that money, with a nice lens. But I’d probably pass on a DSLR. For reasons I’ve given so many times before. It’s largely overkill. I don’t need to have a DSLR to get creative. A DSLR is often a hindrance to having fun. And it’s regularly the sort of camera that stops you from getting the fantastic shot at all – there’s very few of us who’d drag our DSLR around with us 24/7.
If I had a grand to spend today, I’d pick two cameras. The newish Fuji X-S1. It’s the ultimate Bridge camera, with a sensor twice the size you’d normally find in such a unit. I loved my old HS10, which looks similar, and had great fun with it. Bridge cameras are so flexible and they can get some really great shots. But, like DSLR’s they are bulky. I’d want a pocket camera too. There are some fantastic pocketable cameras out there now with larger sensors, fast lenses and all the manual options you’d ever need. The new Sony RX100 is probably my pick of the bunch at the moment.
Sadly, I don’t have £1,000 to be spending on cameras right now. Shame, but nevermind. I still have fun with what I’ve got. I get a whole load of fun out of my Samsung mobile phone camera and the Instagram app – see my pic here. But there is another route to photographic fun. I’ve been following the Lomography ‘movement’ for a couple of years, and I’d rather like to get in on that. It’s a step back in some ways – they’re cameras with film. Not digital. And they are cheap, plastic cameras. With plastic lenses.
But they look to be a lot of fun, and have a pretty active community. And it is a different style of photography. You have to think more before you shoot. There’s no deleting these images – you just have to throw away expensive duffs. That should focis the mind, and help you focus the lens while you’re at it. There’s a whole range of cameras and camera designs to choose from and they range from £59 to several hundred GBP. They’re not really that cheap for what they are. But II could see myself wanting to build a little collection of them. I’d quite the Guv’nor Edition to start with though. A little reminder of London. We’ll see….