Photography is all about choices.
As the photographer discovers himself, they encounter a number of polarities that they feel they must chose between. These simple decisions have a dramatic impact on the set and setting of the observer capturing the moment.
- Prime Lenses vs. Zoom Lenses
- One Lens vs. Many Lenses
- Full Frame vs. Crop Sensor
- Autofocus vs. Manual Focus
- Film vs. Digital
- Color vs. Black-and-White
- DSLR vs. Compact
- Invest in Body vs Lens
After many years of experimentation (and thousands of dollars), I found that having a single camera with a single lens is exactly what I want and need as a photographer.
Every time I went out to shoot, or even travel, I found myself preoccupied with the current lens that I either did or did not have on my camera or on my person. I was constantly distracted with which lens I was currently using, and this lack of confidence showed in my photographs.
Eventually, I ended up buying a Fuji x100 for travel. Much to my surprise, the elegant constraint and simplicity of of the x100, with its 35mm lens, was so freeing that I never touched my $8,000 worth of top-of-the-line Canon gear again!
Making the Switch
Eventually, I sold it all (including the Fuji) and made the move to the Leica M System. This was one of the boldest and best decisions I've ever made as a photographer.
I now have a single camera and a single lens. When I go out to shoot, there's no question of "do I have the right lens with me"? I always have the perfect lens with me, because there is no choice. I always have the perfect camera, because there is no other option.
And, because I've stuck to one focal length for so long, my lens has become a true extension of my eye. When I look at a scene with my bare vision, I know precisely where the Leica 35mm framelines will appear once I hold the camera up to my eye.
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My name is Kenneth Reitz, and I'm truly in love with my camera.
In case you missed the memo, Love is all you need.
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