Monday, May 6, 2013

The Best Camera

What is the best camera?

This is probably one of the hardest questions to answer properly. The same goes for the hi-fi system but I am now on the camera.

I started with the M7 TTL and a 28mm f/2.5, a 50mm f/1.4 and a 75mm f/2.0 and lost all of them on transit back from Hawaii. Don't do bargain airfares that require transit in home airport anymore.

The digital age brought Pentax K7 and then K5 with its range of cute prime lenses (31, 43, 77 mm). Smaller than most, but not an everyday camera.

After all, the best camera in the world is the one in your pocket (my phone is not a camera).

Got a Leica 35mm f/25 (cheapest) and fixed it to a Ricoh GXR (cheap). Used them on my daughter's graduation. Good; used.

Fujifilm tries to be a digital Leica. Bought the X100 when the price fell with the launch of X-Pro. Nice pictures. Slightly bulky.

The Sony RX1 which is full frame (full circle for those using film) is too expensive. Bought Fujifilm X20 is still too big for the pocket but more carry-able. The Canon S110 or the Sony RX100 could be more pocketable, but the X20 plays better.

So much for trying to take some very ordinary pictures once in a while. Mostly black and white, spot meter. The Leica M Monochrom looks fantastic but it costs nearly as much as my car.


james chua said...

Yes, but those K7 are great in the rain forest where its perpetually wet, or during the rainy season. Only thing is make sure the lens set is waterproof too!

I see you refuse to comment on the election. Its a bummer result, with the ethnic chinese going to get slaughtered. What really concerns me is the small rubber and palm oil holdings that do not get subsidies and handouts. At the current prices for rubber and palm oil, and the cost of chemicals and fertilizers, there are going to be a lot of hurt out there. It will be real hard times, it already is - many small holdings are digging into their banks to maintain their holdings. If it continues much longer, there will a crisis in our homeland.

etheorist said...

I thought I did.

james chua said...

My apologies, I meant the post election results.