I am not sure why but I attribute it to wanting something different and fun. This photographer I really like, Samuel Elkins, had a video about the use of a point and shoot camera no matter what other gear one carries. Sam will shoot with any camera basically and has done videos on iPhone 12 Pro and 13 pro taking beautiful photographs along the pacific coast, the deserts, mountains, etc. I really admire his work and the fact he discusses his art and science in accessible and real world YouTube videos.
So while I really enjoy taking photos with my trustworthy and fun iPhone 12 Pro, I decided to get an older point and shoot camera. I had gone through a few of them and found plus and minus about any of them. There is not a camera made that does not have a strike against it I think. Some I would never buy like a $5k camera for what I do. Others I kinda think of but have seriously bad luck with them. Namely any FujiFilm camera I have owned. FujiFilm cameras cost too much to dork around with anyways. I think I have had:
- FujiFilm X100F twice. Each one broke in different ways. One just refused to take photos. The other had this issue with something else.
- FujiFilm X-T2. A really nice camera for a month. Then the shutter button started acting up and would not take a photo. It was a known issue so it went back to Singapore FujiFilm who claimed they fixed it. But voila! Two weeks later in Siem Reap it started again.
- FujiFilm X-T30. A really nice camera that I got tired of and gave away. I was tired of just about all cameras then. This one just got in the way.
I settled and had a lot of fun initially on my iPhone 7 Plus which seemed to get wet, get dropped, have problems in bags and it still took photos. I cannot say that much for the X100F cameras. So perhaps digital cameras and I are doomed together. I dunno.
But I wanted something old. A used camera that did not cost thousands of dollars but still seemed relevant. Really from watching any number of videos any old point and shoot can work especially if it is not going to take the place of the iPhone. So to make a long story longer, I got the Sony RX100 Mark III. Used. For $399. It comes with battery, case, wrist strap and its tiny! It will fit in the every day carry bag I use to roam around with lots of room to spare for my iPhone, AirPods, magsafe battery, etc. I can also carry an extra battery and SD card if I want. This is the camera. Or a photo of the camera. A photo of a thing that takes photos. That’s kinda cute.
So what will I do with this charming little beastie? Well the same stuff I do with the iPhone really. It is just another expression of my desire to find little things to take photos and then take them. Find places in Siem Reap to offer up every day between the iPhone and this camera and then do that. Add more photos to my photo gallery on Cambodia and soon after on Vietnam.
Most of all I did not break the bank getting it since I bought it used from this place. It costs just enough for me to have fun with it and not stress over something happening to it. I figure I will still have the iPhone 12 Pro because every iPhone I’ve had has lasted longer than every digital camera I have had. Seems strange but it is legit.
Finally, I am not a photographer. I don’t dress or act or sound like one. However they sound or dress or act. I just am the person wandering around with no destination that wants to have some fun finding things to take photos of and then sharing them on the blog and mastodon. The method really is not to become famous or sell my work. Hell, you can just take a photo and have it. I figure most of mine no one wants anyways. That leaves having fun. Going to Angkor Wat at sunrise sometime this year and having fun with both the iPhone and the Sony. Taking photos of doors and windows, sunsets and buildings. People and tuktuks. All the things that matter and not.
Then sharing them all because that is the final part I enjoy. I enjoy finding the things, perhaps grabbing them on either device, writing about them here, and then sharing them here and there.
I have many friends that are wonderful photographers out there. I think Maique takes beautiful and sometimes haunting photos with whatever it is he takes them with. The device never really matters , does it? What matters is the taking. Then the fun. Then the sharing. I’m appreciative of both Maique and Sam for showing a path but letting me walk it on my own. We all must experience the world, find the way to capture it, enjoy it many times, remember it forever or not. One way is to take photographs. Another way is to write. The best way is to do both.
Hence this blog perhaps.
Take care you all.