Multiple Cameras : Blessing Or Curse
Ok, that is a lame heading but its a really serious issue. Specially with people like me who suffer from Gimme-more-camer-o-mania. This basically means that I (and so many people I know) suffer from the habit of buying cameras even if they are only used about 2-3 times a year. So what happens to me when I’m out in the store? Here are true instances which have happened with me and every camera which I own.
Story of The First Canon
After about one and half year of wining in front of my parents, I was granted my biggest wish, a Canon 1000D. I didn’t have enough to pay for all of it so I paid half and my parents paid half. It was the best thing which could happen to anyone. The pictures were a lot better than my Sony P200 point and shoot. The control was fantastic and the sharpness, oh the sweet sharpness. I didn’t know how I had lived my life without a DSLR till this time. My life was complete, the 18-55 was the worlds best focal length and nothing could be better. People were envious of my camera, everyone said, “oh you have a SLR, professional!”.
I didn’t know what was to happen next, I thought my life was complete.
Then came the Fifty
I shoot portraits, how could I have not seen the pictures by others on flickr? And after seeing pictures again and again I could not resist anymore. I had to have a 50mm 1.8, a nifty fifty, the best portrait lens made by mankind. It was cheap and it was so beautiful. It made bokeh like the God’s had blessed it as his own personal lens. I had to had to had to (yes just had to) get it. So right in the next month, I saved up my salary and ran down to the canon store to get my Canon 50mm 1.8 MKII.
Now I didn’t need anything else, my life is complete.
How can I not have a film camera
I’ve always loved film. Even before I bought my DSLR, I had borrowed film cameras from my friends, from my dad’s friends for just a few hours to shoot. Ilford and Trix had been etched in my skin, black and white film grain, was romantic beyond belief. Looking at film pictures was like peeking into paradise, the numbers on the side of the frames were speaking to me in my dreams, 36 steps to a orgasm. So was it wrong to pick up a used Canon Rebel Xs? It was cheap, it was reliable and it would be able to use all my canon lenses.
Now I really didn’t need anything, now I could shoot film, I could shoot digital. No more cameras, I have enough.
The Yashica’s Seduction
What is one man to do when he finds a shiny mint Yashica Electro 35 for only 30$? I am only human isn’t it? I had just gone to the shop to get something for a friend and I saw it there. Shining, perfect glass, beautiful body, 100% metal. A little heavy but so clean, sharp. It was calling out to me and it was just for 30$! I resisted but the strap got caught in my bag and I had to get it. As such I didn’t have a rangefinder, it would be useful.
A rangefinder, a digital slr, a film slr. Now what could anyone want more?
An American Friend
Astrid, my dear friend was coming from Seattle. And she asked me what I wanted. The only way to get my hands on a Holga was from the US of A. So I ordered one. It wasn’t to be missed, this golden chance. It was black and I chose the one which could work with 35mm film.
A toy camera, a rangefinder, a digital slr, a film slr, I am a settled man.
One of my dear friends, Pallavi asked me about film cameras. She wanted to buy one, a inexpensive one which she could carry around. So I took her to the shop I usually buy cameras from. And there it was, black, lustrous, sharp, almost staring down my soul. A black Yashica Electro 35. I already had a electro but this seemed totally different. I could imagine so many places I would take it, I had to buy it. In the end my friend who wanted a camera came out empty handed and I came out with a black new body.
What the hell! I have 6 cameras! Did you know I never told my ma that I got another electro =) But no more, no more cameras.
In Two Minds
Anushree, a friend photographer from Bombay asked me to get her a vintage camera. So I found her a Yashica D, a TLR. Its not a rollieflex but its still quite reliable and sturdy. And the lens, well I had never used a medium format camera before and after the yashica, I would almost never go back to 35 unless really needed. I actually bought the camera for her but never ended up giving it to her, it still is with me, shooting provia =)
A new TLR was needed, its not like I had any other mf camera. So now 7 cameras.
I was having issues with the 1000D at high iso’s. Above 400 it couldn’t really produce a crisp print, there was just too much noise. So I decided to upgrade my camera kit with a Canon 5dMKII. 21 megapixels but most importantly, full frame, it was exactly what I needed.
8 Cameras and I swore to not buy any more, NO MORE.
Love Crosses Paths
Do you remember the time when you saw her and you forgot anything and everything. I’ve had the same effect with the Hasselblad. Its been forever in my mind but I could never really afford it. Then searching for it one night on a second hand online shop, there it was, within my reach. I ordered it but had to wait for 2 months for it to come to me. And when it did, I can’t explain in words how I felt. Its pure ecstasy.
Moral Of the Story :
Later on I ended up working for Lomography India so now I have a LC-A and a Diana too. What I’ve found out is that you can’t help buying cameras, its because everyone of them serves a totally different purpose (or at least I say this to justify all this to myself).
How many cameras do you have?