yeah, well, tough darts. sometimes i get sick of ms (is that some sort of oxymoron or something?), and just want to think/write about something else.
a few years ago i got it into my head that i wanted to go from film photography to digital photography. i gathered up the two working cameras that i had – an old linhof press camera that i never really used, and my beloved olympus om2, which had seen me thru two years of photography school, and too many years to count of just making images for my own fulfillment. it never once let me down. it was tough to let that camera go, but i had no interest in working with film -spending hours in a tiny darkroom, the expense of buying film and paper and chemicals – i’d had enough of it. i do value that process, and i think every photographer should experience it. there is something about being in visceral contact with film and chemistry and paper that can deepen one’s understanding and appreciation of and for photography.
but i’d had enough of it. i just wanted to take pictures. so it seemed digital was where i wanted to go. i took the funds from selling those two cameras and bought a used minolta on ebay, and i was on my way. despite the part of me that misses my om2, i’ve never looked back.
then it was time to graduate to a dslr, something closer to a professional camera. the minolta was cool, but i’d never really completely liked it. so my family bought me an olympus e-520 dslr for my birthday. a very cool camera, which does things that i’m not even sure what they are (automatic white balance bracketing?), and i’m finding it a challenge just figuring out the basics, like getting the flash to work the way i want, etc.
anyway, the point i’m inching up to is that i would love to see a dlsr that is simple and uncomplicated like my old om2. without all the bells and whistles – which i’m sure to some people are important (and when i learn how to work them, might become important to me). i want a basic, simple digital slr. seems it would be pretty simple to make. then all i’d have to worry about was what to point the lens at – there’s the real challenge.
(you can see some of the things i’ve pointed my camera at in the past at captured light.)