The first time I picked up a ‘proper’camera, I knew it wouldn’t be the last. The camera in question belonged to my son, and it was a second-hand Canon DSLR with a kit lens. It was heavy and ugly and cumbersome but it gave me my first real taste of what photography had to offer beyond the basics of point-and-shoot. I’ve always owned a camera, from my childhood Kodak Instamatic 33 through a variety of basic 35mm film cameras and on to similar-level digital compact cameras. And at the time, what I had was enough.
But when one day I wanted to become more creative with my photography, I found it increasingly frustrating that all my images always looked so ‘flat’, with no depth. What I was looking for, although I didn’t know at the time, was a ‘shallow depth of field’, where the chosen subject stands out sharp and clear in a pleasingly blurry background. So I played about with using my son’s DSLR for a couple of days, and immediately I was hooked on the style of images it produced…
And that was the start of my never-ending search for the perfect camera for me – my problem ever since has been that although I absolutely love the stunning image quality I get from APSC size sensors, bigger sensors inevitably need bigger lenses, which I’m not so keen on lugging around with me, which means the camera stays at home more often than not. They say the best camera is always the one you have with you, and so sadly for me, that camera is not likely to be a more traditional-sized DSLR.
But I’ve settled instead for a far more svelte Micro Four Thirds system, with a medium sized sensor in a medium-sized camera body and medium sized interchangeable lenses. I’ve not quite got DSLR quality in my images, but for me the compromise is enough. With a couple of fast prime lenses I can easily achieve the beautiful blurry backgrounds I love, without having to sacrifice too much on kit size. I’m still not completely happy with the particular ensemble I have right now, but it’ll definitely do for the time being… until the next thing comes along, of course! 🙂