Ãlvaro Serrano has a damn good counterpoint to my statement on high-end cameras in geekdom.
I donâ€™t mean that the intensity with which I love photography somehow justifies my obsession, that itâ€™s OK for me to do it because I love it more than you do. Nothing like that. What I mean is that I probably think of photography in a different way than you do. To me, a camera is not just a memory-making machine: itâ€™s a creative tool. Itâ€™s not just about capturing moments, itâ€™s about creating the images I see in my head, much like a painter creates an image on an empty canvas.
— On cameras, smartphones, smug superiority and the geekâ€™s pissing contest – Analog Senses
When photography is something you care about, passionately, be it a hobby or a profession, then care about your tools all the way. You’ll want a real camera with all the appropriate kit…
But that doesnâ€™t mean it has to be â€œthe bestâ€ camera, either. All it takes is a minimum of manual controls â€” ISO, aperture and shutter speed â€” and, depending on your preference as a photographer, the possibility to use interchangeable lenses. Thatâ€™s it.
The vibe I get from so many blog posts I see on cameras—though not Ãlvaro’s—isn’t love of photography, it’s about love of cameras. That’s a huge difference, and the sort of thing that irks me.