This week I welcomed a new addition. A new addition I’d been waiting for for some time. Not a baby (well, not in the small human being sense, even if it is my new baby), but a new camera to join the rest of my camera family.
It’s going to take me a while to get used to my new camera and properly test it out, but I thought that in the meantime, this might be a good time to do a quick post introducing my little camera family. I’ve had some lovely comments about some of the photos on my blog (thank you, all your nice comments mean so much to me) and I’m always so interested in knowing what other people use to take the photographs on their blogs, that I thought that maybe this might be of interest to someone else.
We’ll start from biggest to smallest (for no other reason than it seems to make some sort of sense).
My biggest camera is my DSLR, a Canon 7D. It’s actually my second DSLR, my first one (a Canon 1000D, which I still have) was bought for me by my boyfriend after we went on our first holiday together to Venice and he saw how much I enjoyed taking photos on the little Nikon Cool Pix point and shoot that I had at the time. After a few years though I realised I needed a bit more from my DSLR body and so upgraded.
I have two main lenses that I use with my DSLR, the 18-200mm and 50mm f1.8. Although most people rave about the 50mm lens generally, I find it too tight on my crop-frame body and so I don’t generally use it as a walkabout lens.
However, it’s so heavy and big, that unless I’m going out somewhere to specifically take pictures or I’m on holiday, I tend to leave it at home.
This is my newest addition. For a while I’ve realised that I want photos that are similar in quality to my DSLR but without the bulk and weight. After doing some research, a micro four thirds camera was the way to go. I opted for the Panasonic Lumix GF-6 and in addition to the 14-42mm lens that came with the camera, I also bought a 20mm lens (which is pictured on the camera below).
It’s only been a few days since it arrived but I’m already in love with it. Once I’ve had the chance to do a full test, I may do a review here.
All of the photos of the other cameras in this blog post were taken with my GF6, obviously this one couldn’t be though so is taken with my 7D.
This has been the small camera that I’ve relied on for everyday use for so many years now. It’s the same size as a point and shoot but has full manual controls. It also has a number of creative modes. So it’s always been so handy.
However, recently I’ve noticed that it just isn’t performing as well as I would hope. It’s probably still going to stay in my handbag though as it’s so small and light and it will definitely be going out for those times when I need to take a camera that I’m not super paranoid about damaging or losing. It still works fine, its limitations were just becoming more of an issue for me.
Ok, so it’s not strictly a camera, but I do use it for capturing moments in daily life, although I tend to just use it to post the odd photo to social media,its quality isn’t good enough for me to use it for more.
In addition to all of the high tech digital stuff, I also have some fairly lo-tech cameras.
First there’s my La Sardina, I won this in the Spitalfields Lomography Shop Easter Raffle last year as a result of entering my details in a lucky dip when I went to buy some film. I’m a little ashamed to say that I haven’t had anything developed yet though from it. I need to get on that.
Secondly, there’s my Diana Mini.
Which takes dreamy lo-fi pictures:
Again, I don’t use it as much as I should, I suppose because everyone now is so busy turning things into low-fi versions of themselves via Instagram that I feel like the authenticity of film and a plastic camera somehow loses something.
I do want to use my lomography cameras more though. Maybe that should be one of my goals for this year.
What do you use? I’m always curious, let me know if you’ve done a similar post.