Pony or Express?

Whether we like it or not, the choice of the instrument influences the way we can express ourselves in art. In photography, we have camera systems that attempt to do it all and those that are one-trick-Ponys. Or so it seems at first sight.

Take my two favorite cameras:

Leica M monochrom (type 246)

Fujifilm X-H1

It’s obvious which is the one-trick-Pony here. The Leica even disregards color! The Fuji, on the other hand, attempts it all. Features out the wazzoo. Read all about it, but not in the manual, it is incomprehensible. Tony Philips books are better.

So, here are some photos from these two cameras. See if you can match them!

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Of course, the color photo is from the Fujifilm X-H1. Elementary, dear Watson! But then? 2,3,6 and 8 are out of the Leica M monochrom. 1, 4, 5 and 7 from the Fuji. Looks a bit less deterministic now, doesn’t it?

Then again, in use, I find it very much so. For example, I can’t use them both in one photo shoot. I can as well save myself the trouble of carrying them both. I end the session and that subject’s treatment with the camera I pick up first.

No David Duncan Douglas garlands for me!

Why is that? Well, the camera I have with me is in my subconscious with it’s capabilities and determines the way I see. It is a filter for the way I perceive the world around me. One need not be complacent with this. It is worth while pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and attempt something with the “wrong” camera. E.g. street photography with the Fujifilm X-H1 as in picture 1.

It is Harder, Better, (not) Faster, Stronger! 😉

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