It may be possible to take good pictures with any modern camera, but having the right camera for the job certainly helps. And, by job, I’m not implying a commercial endeavor. Rather, it’s about having the right device for a particular circumstance.
I’ve shot a lot recently with my compact Canon G7X Mark II. As a travel camera, on vacation, it, in many ways, is the right camera for the job. It’s easy to take anywhere, of course, but equally important, I can take snapshots in restaurants or even high-end stores without raising attention. And, unlike a smartphone, the powerful flash works effectively with even large groups.
The Olympus PEN-F, on the other had, was the perfect camera for the Four X Five Photo Fest. While I also brought my compact Canon, it was the Olympus that ruled the day. Why? It’s a lot faster than a compact camera, both for startup time and focusing speed. The image quality is higher, due to its larger sensor. And, I can create my beloved contrasty black and whites, which just seem to work well for the subject at hand.
Capturing today’s featured photo, requires quick reflexes but also a quick camera. A DSLR would work too, but just seems a bit clumsy in this low-key artsy event.
There is also the visual appeal of the retro-inspired PEN-F. The camera’s good looks attracted even more attention than usual, perhaps because of the creative crowd. Black DSLRs are common. It’s not everyday, one sees a PEN-F. It’s a conversation starter and a nice opening to ask for a portrait.
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