What camera should I buy? What’s the best camera? What camera should I use? Is this camera better than that one? Which camera makes the best images?
These are all questions most, if not all, photographers ask at some point in their life. For me, I look at the camera as a tool. Just like all hammers are not the same, all cameras are different. Some are more suited for one type of photography over the other. But in the end, the image is what’s most important.
One of the reasons I shoot with so many cameras is because of what I just said above. The camera is a tool and there are certain images that I simply wouldn’t be able to capture if I restricted myself to only one camera. I’m not opposed to restrictions or limitations in photography. In fact, I find that this is a healthy exercise to push yourself into unknown territory. But I would never want to restrict myself to one camera or format for the rest of my life. There are simply too many images to be made that a single camera isn’t capable of capturing. An 8×10 camera is wonderful, but simply can’t capture certain images that another simpler or more nimble camera is able to. On the contrary, a view camera is capable of making images that many other cameras are unable to.
So what’s the best camera? Well…whatever is the right tool for the job. Maybe the real question is, “Which camera helps you capture your vision the best in the moment?”
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7 sheets 8×10 film
40 sheets 4×5 film
31 rolls 120 film
What’s your favorite image from this series?
“I believe that photographers should be passionate, determined, disciplined and ready to seek out their own styles and identities.” – Michael kenna
Basin Mountain, West of Bishop, CA. This image was created using Kodak Tri-X 320 on a Toyo 8×10 large format view camera. #basinmountain #istillshootfilm #believeinfilm
“I believe a lot in instinct. One should never dull it by wanting to know everything. One shouldn’t ask too many questions but do what one does properly, never rush, and never torment oneself.” – Josef Sudek
This image was created using Kodak Tri-X 320 on a Toyo 8×10 large format view camera. #landscape_lovers #geology #rockhound #istillshootfilm #believeinfilm
“I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.” – Edward Steichen
Owens River near Big Pine, CA. This image was created using Kodak Tri-X 320 on a Toyo 8×10 large format view camera. #owensriver #landscape_lovers #istillshootfilm #believeinfilm