“The best camera is the one you have with you.”
And that’s true. You can take great photos with any camera, whether it’s the one on your phone or a polaroid or one of those toy cameras. The way I see it though, a camera is a tool. Finding the right tool that is conducive to your creativity is key.
I’ve been regretting my choice of a tool lately.
In my process of choosing, I’d already made up my mind that I wanted a mirrorless camera. Cameras from Fuji were especially alluring to me. But ultimately, I ended up going a different route with a brand I’ve never heard of before.
I went with an Olympus O-MD EM10 mark II. The primary reason being that this camera seemed to be the most worth it at its price. Compared to the other cameras I was looking at, this one had more positives when looking at reviews. Lately though, I’ve been regretting getting this camera. But honestly, it’s mostly just because I’m jealous of Fuji cameras with their dials, film simulations, and simpler menu system.
Whenever I get the urge to sell my camera and lenses then jump on the Fuji ship there are a couple of things I remind or ask myself:
Will getting another camera significantly improve the photos I’m taking? Even if I do get another camera, though the image quality itself may be better, I’ll probably still be doing work that I’m not so proud of.
You’re still a beginner. I’m still a beginner to photography. I’m still finding my niche and my style. Spending money I shouldn’t won’t help me with that. In order to grow as a photographer I need to stop worrying about the tools and start focusing on improving my composition and technical skills.
People have taken great photos with entry cameras and people have taken not so great photos with great cameras. The camera is a tool and it’s the photographer using it that determines the greatness of the photo that results. Sometimes I’ll go through Instagram tags or go through the micro four thirds subreddit to remind myself of this. I’ll also remind myself that a cover of Elle Magazine and Time Magazine’s FIRSTS Project was shot on an iPhone.
I just wanted to take the time to share how I deal with gear acquisition syndrome with you all. The statement: “The best camera is the one you have with you” definitely rings true. Currently my favorite photo of mine, which is from my venture into surreal photography, was taken on my Google Pixel 2.
In most cases, the camera isn’t holding you back, it’s yourself.