It’s usually the question that gets asked the most. You’ll see it after a lot of good ride reports. On a lot of good blogs. You know the one. Maybe you’ve asked it:
What camera do you use? It takes good pictures!
It’s the equivalent of asking a chef what spatula or knife he uses because it makes good food. I get why people ask it. Really I do…I even get curious and wonder what other people use.
However, I want you to know three really important things:
#1 – The best camera is the one that is with you and that you will use. If that means your smartphone is what you will use, then don’t buy some expensive camera just to leave it at home! The best camera really is the one that you have with you, and the one that you will actually use.
#2 – Your camera doesn’t matter as much as your vision does. I have known several people who truly have an amazing vision, take amazing photographs, and they only use a basic point and shoot camera. You can have the latest and greatest camera gear with all of the best lenses, but your vision is what makes you unique, not your camera gear.
#3 – Don’t get GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) thinking that it will help you take better pictures. Sometimes simplicity really does breed inspiration. Focus (pun intended) on capturing great moments with what you have, and then if you really and truly have to have that new lens…then so be it!
I’ll still answer the question because I don’t want anyone to think I’m hiding anything! I use a Fuji X-T10 with three lenses: the Fuji XF 27mm f/2.8, the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II, and the Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS.
In the past I have used Canon, Sony, Nikon and many others. All of them were tools that allowed me to take great images.
However, the best camera I ever used…was the one I remembered to bring with me!