What Your Choice Of Camera Says About You

Freelance photographer/journalist/comedian Gordon Lewis has published his hilarious observations of the various camera tribes, coming to several very funny conclusions. Those lacking senses of humour should probably not read on.

Just as the clothes you choose to wear, the food you like to eat, and the people you associate with say something about you, so does the camera system you buy into. The following observations are based on close association with the various groups of camera owners and from having belonged to each group at one time or another. Those who belong to the “lacking any sense of humour” or “offended at the drop of a hat” groups are strongly advised to read no further.

Canon owners

You appreciate the benefits of owning a camera system that leads in cutting-edge digital imaging technology and that offers a wealth of body, lens, and accessory options for every level of photographer, from lowly consumer to top professional. You will switch to Nikon.

Nikon owners

You appreciate the benefits of owning a camera system that leads in cutting-edge digital imaging technology and that offers a wealth of body, lens, and accessory options for every level of photographer, from lowly consumer to top professional. You will switch to Canon.

Sony owners

You believe that Sony’s innovations in consumer electronics and video technology, its leadership in digital imaging chip production, its in-body image stabilisation, and its use of Zeiss optics results in a unique design synergy and products of exceptional value-because that’s what it says in the product literature. You also believe in astrology, UFOs and the Easter bunny.

Pentax owners

You’re the sort of person who would buy a $US1500 DSLR body so your stash of thread-mount, K-mount and M-mount lenses from decades ago (collectively worth $US75 at the markets or garage sale) won’t go to waste; either that, or you’ve never heard of a Spotmatic, Pentax LX or Takumar, you just think you look cool sporting a day-glo red camera that takes real pictures. You think people are laughing with you, not at you.

Olympus owners

You’re the sort of person who buys North Korean beer, Peruvian underwear and French cars, not because you actually like them but because no one else does. When people question your choice of camera system you respond that Olympus images have a certain “soul” and that photographs are what matter, not the camera. You have no friends.

Leica owners

You know that no other camera other than a Hasselblad gains as much instant respect among the cognoscenti as a Leica. Although this relieves the pressure of demonstrating actual photographic prowess, it increases the need to be familiar with the subtle differences in visual signature between an Elmar, Elmarit, Summitar, Summicron and Summilux. You are either stinking rich, living in your mother’s basement, or one lens purchase away from a divorce.

Panasonic, Fuji and Samsung owners should be relieved rather than offended that they were not included. Comments are welcome as long as they are civil. Extra points will be given for self-deprecation.

This post originally appeared on Shutterfinger.

 

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3 thoughts on “What Your Choice Of Camera Says About You

  1. I own a Canon, and if I could afford it, there would be another Leica in my bag. Until people start buying my work I’ll continue on as a pauper. I also enjoyed shooting the 4×5 speedgraphic. (That camera would make heck of a digital platform). Anyway, back to polishing the grindstone.

  2. Nikon D300S – I’m totally happy with this camera. You can make as much and simply gorgeous pictures. Relatively easy to use, very good instruction manual, and you can take snapshots of any kind with it. The Live View function is awesome. Very satisfied and highly recommend.

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