Interesting read by Thom Hogan

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Re: Interesting read by Thom Hogan
In reply to walnorth, 7 months ago

walnorth wrote:

Geedorama wrote:

http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/can-you-trust-the-camera.html

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/guido_2007/
Ideally, the lens captures what the eye had in mind...but the damn thing won't listen.

Respectfully, this just makes me feel old. How many lenses do you need? My first pro job was in 1965 for Ford Motor. I've used view cameras. How many lenses did I need to do everything I needed to do? I've used Hasselblads? How many lenses were there in their lineup? I've used Leica. How many lenses make up a nice and useable kit? (hint, viewfinder) I liked Leica CL as a small carry camera with just a 40 and a 90. I moved to a Contax G as a small carry camera (carrying a view camera 24/7 is a bit tiring). How many lenses there? Fortunately, I kept the 28, 45, and 90 and use them on my NEX7.

Sometimes there is a need for exotic lenses. I have gear lust as much as anyone, but a limited list of lenses from a camera company is not a barrier to your taking great photos.

I've taught photography part time, for the pleasure, including at a school of architecture. One lesson was to use one lens and one camera until it feels like a part of you. Until you can operate the camera without any thought. Know what the scene will look like through your lens before you raise the camera to your eye. When done, you can move on to a second lens. The photographer's attention needs to be on the relationship between the photographer and the subject. If the photographer's attention is on the camera, good photos will appear on the contact sheet only by chance.

You may need 2 or 3. I may need 2 or 3. Martha may need 2 or 3. Or are you suggesting that I or Marha don't. Shall we hope they're all the same? Shall we hope that our needs don't change.

You've had your photographic journey. Its wonderful that we can each have our own. I happen agree with much of what you wrote. Trust in a company to provide tools that align with our needs/desires is somewhat necessary. Especially as the lenses are not inexpensive.

Personally, I currently have little/no trust in Sony. That being said, I do believe they're doing what they must - find a way to make money! It's not easy.

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