Cameras

Nearly any camera that a photographer likes will produce good pictures. Much more important than the equipment at hand is just "being there"!

This website was created during the heyday of film. Bill has left his experiences with film cameras online, as a tribute to this bygone era, and to provide a trip down memory lane.

He did have have his favorites:


1. The Canon EOS-1, a superbly capable pro-caliber SLR.  The choice for those times when you just HAVE to get the shot, no excuse accepted!

2.  The extraordinarly tough manual focus Nikon F3, with its wonderful viewfinder.

3.  The Fuji GA645, a great travel camera.

 

Of course, these superb workhorses are now just memories, from an era that has passed.  If you are serious about photography today, you will be using digital equipment.

Despite early fears, good digital gear has proven to be durable: Bill still uses the Olympus E-1 that he bought years ago. An excellent camera in 2003, it still takes great pictures as this is being written, in 2014.

The weatherproofed Olympus is a bulky camera, though - so it tends to sit on the shelf these days, while Bill reaches either for the tiny and underappreciated Ricoh digital GR, or his superb Fuji x100. During the last decade, there has been a lot of progress in downsizing capable cameras!

As Dante Stella said, "Sometimes the function of a camera is to be there, to stay out of the way, and to get the shot."

Don't hesitate to "go digital".

Once you have experienced the freedom of digital workflow, you won't return to film!

Don't fret about resolution, either - any camera with a 5 mega pixel sensor will allow a reasonable amount of cropping and still produce high quality 8X10 prints.

The only real problem with digital gear surfaces when you are really going to be deep into the bush - it's power hungry, and you will need either spare batteries or access to an electrical outlet.  For long hauls in the REAL outback, packing one of those old film cameras can still make sense.

 

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