Gear size: a different prespective

Started Dec 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 5,579
Re: Geese

CollBaxter wrote:

Wanted to add one of the best "street" shooters on the DP forums is a fellow in Brazil who uses the MZD 12/2.0. He's clearly the opposite of stealthy, instead developing a relationship with his subjects long enough to get (IMHO) terrific images. I think that's a pretty special talent, one I lack, myself.



As to the people thing yea it is a talent , one which I lack so I take pictures of animals and stuff.

Although I don't do a lot of people photography, even my occasional forays into this area have, repeatedly, borne out the point that the smaller the camera I carry and the less I fool around with, the better my chances of getting a natural expression, even a happy one.

Of course it is possible to get people to relax, even want me to take their picture with a big camera, and lens, but it generally is *much* easier with smaller equipment.  This surely why no less an icon of photography than W, Eugene Smith got himself fired from his first real photography job over the issue.

It's also a major reason I stay with Olympus.  I was quite interested in the Nikon D800, until I actually tried out a friend's and found just how gargantuan a rig I would have to carry to equal the lens selection and reach I have with my combined usual E-5/OM-D outfit.

-- hide signature --

saskatoon, canada
Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.
- W. Eugene Smith, Dec 30, 1918 to Oct 15, 1978.
underwater photos:

 erichK's gear list:erichK's gear list
Olympus E-1 Olympus E-420 Olympus E-620 Olympus E-5 Olympus PEN E-PL5 +23 more
Post (hide subjects) Posted by
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow