New Cameras: Plain Sailing Out of the Fog?

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Hi everyone!

 

You may have noticed that I took a break last week!

 

We had a small trip away to great place called Vigo (in northern Spain)

 

While I was away enjoying some great food, inspiring views and having a lazy time….

 

…..the camera world was going nuts 🙂

 

I know not every new camera was announced while I was away, but it seemed that in a very, very short space of time everyone and their dog released, announced or rumour leaked a new camera!

 

FF Mirrorless from Nikon

 

and

 

FF Mirrorless from Canon

 

A new Leica, the M10p with a touchscreen, a quieter shutter and a bigger price tag!!

 

A rumour of a FF Panasonic (yes FF !!)

 

A rumour of a brand new Zeiss camera (yes a camera)

 

Perhaps a new Sony A7s

 

and of course the X-T3

 

This is primarily an X-Pro-cenric site, and unless I’ve missed something….. (it’s quite possible that I have) there’s no rumours yet about any X-Pro3….

 

….Although if (IF) it’s coming anytime soon, methinks the spec of the X-T3 will be a reasonable expectation yardstick.

 

I’m a little confused about the X-T3…. probably just me… but it seems that it wasn’t that long ago that Fuji released the X-H1 aimed at video users…. and now the X-T3 that has a better video spec, except for the lack of IBIS, which should appeal to video users. So Fuji loving videographers must be having a headache about now, no? Do they buy the X-T3 for the video spec or the X-H1 for ease of recording video?

 

I guess they could buy a X-T3 and Fujifilm branded Gimbal… oh yeah… 🙂

 

Seriously though. The operational improvements to the X-T3 seem very, very tangible… more speed than speedy mc-speedface, better AF stuff (which incidentally is the thing you most often write to me about) which should be a huge winner. More SOOC Jpeg stuff and a far better spec’d EVF, which a) better bloody well turn up on any X-Pro3 and b) might have been nice if it was 4+mp to be ahead of the game rather than the one that Sony, Leica and Panasonic did already….

 

But going back to the generic state of play within the new camera game…

 

These new cameras are in a very real tangible sense a complete embarrassment of riches

 

Not only because there’s never been so many current and cutting edge models to chose from, not only because there’s never been so many different brands offering consumers so much choice, not even because the new models tend to push down the cost of the outgoing units (eg the X-T2 will surely get even cheaper now)

 

No, the embarrassment of riches is simply because we’ve never had it so good.

 

There’s never been this many cameras, from this many manufacturers that offer this many features.

 

It really doesn’t matter which brand we’re talking about, now every brand offers a product that simply put, spec wise blows every camera from a few years back out of the water

 

Four years ago the best Fuji was the X-T1, four years ago the best mirrorless Sony was the A7

 

Look how far we’ve come in that time.

 

We’ve never had it so good. A true embarrassment of riches

 

Now… I’d like to think I get it…. After all, one photographer’s must have feature is another’s meh I don’t even know what this is for….

 

….But…..

 

What a load of chatter about these new cameras!

 

I mean seriously…

 

This is naff, it only has one card slot or I’m not convinced about the lens range or XQD what were they thinking or OMG how big is that zoom lens.

 

As a photographic community we’ve never had it so good and I think we’ve never complained so much 😀

 

We can buy now a Canikon with FF and no mirror or a Leica M with a touchscreen, even a Fujifilm (X-T3) that DPR rate the AF on 😀

 

We’ve. Never. Had. It. So. Good.

 

Can we ever truly see cameras for what they are now?

 

Adam do mean that cameras are designed for us to form bonds with in the way that people do with sports teams? Do you mean that camera brands are effectively lifestyle accessories by which we should judge photographical gestalt?

 

No.

 

Cameras are for taking pictures.

 

And we’ve never had such a rich and featured filled set of cameras to chose from.

 

SURE if you PERSONALLY need feature xyz, then for goodness sake buy the camera that offers the best implementation of this feature.

 

But….

 

Important to note I think that the way of working and the features your camera has, that YOU need is a rather personal thing inside the head of the photographer, once other people see the image they’ll have no idea if it was taken using tracking AF mode 89 or auto seductive smile capture mode. They won’t know if it was saved onto a UHS-ii SD card or an XQD one. They won’t care either. They’ll only care about the shot.

 

You should care – it’s you taking the shot. But what YOU need to take the shot is an internal dialogue, no?

 

But I was thinking that this obsession about camera performance, this camera can do this or that… but that camera can’t… This brands says that in x years they’ll make this lens and that brand wont…

 

…it’s a bit like talking to people about what you’re thinking during sex, rather than being into who you’re making love with… which is a bit daft… unless one isn’t making love at all…

 

Try and make love to the photos you take folks, and get whatever gear it is you need to make your photo-motor hum.

 

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