Is the one that you have with you, be it in your hands, around your neck, or in your pocket.

I firmly believe that tools do not make a craftsman. A camera is a tool, a means to an end – to capture an image or present an idea envisioned by the person behind the lens.

I have little interest in using the latest technology or expensive gear. Neither am I a highly technical photographer; though I’m intrigued by the inverse relation between aperture and depth of field.

As long as a camera produces quality images, is easy to operate, and light enough to not give me a headache if I were to carry it around my neck for hours, I’ll use it. This is why I love my first-generation Fujifilm X100 and the X-T20, both in the classic silver-black design reminiscent of old film cameras.

When I was a child, I would often climb onto a chair to retrieve a pink container in my parents’ wardrobe. Clasping it tightly in my hands, I would nudge open the tight lid and sink my fingers into the light blue beads that I had been warned to not eat. Sitting amidst those tiny balls of silica were boxes of slides and my dad’s Mamiya SLR. I loved marvelling at this black and silver object with tiny numbers etched onto its body. I also liked how sturdy and hefty it felt in my tiny hands.

Ironically, this was how my love for photography began, with the tool.

About the featured photo: It was pouring that evening, so I had put away my camera in my bag while my iPhone remained in my pocket. I had stopped to photograph the disintegrating facade of a colonial-era building in Yangon, Myanmar. Brisk footsteps approached. I waited, and took one shot when the ladies entered the frame.

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3 replies on “The best camera…

  1. “I firmly believe that tools do not make a craftsman. A camera is a tool, a means to an end – to capture an image or present an idea envisioned by the person behind the lens.”
    I wholeheartedly agree with you Angelina. You see loads of “all the gear and none of the ideas” people around, whilst often great photos are made with cheap instruments.

    1. ‘You see loads of “all the gear and none of the ideas” people around, whilst often great photos are made with cheap instruments.’ – it may also be that the former are more prominent on the Internet and so they stand out more. To be fair, there are many people who use great equipment, and would not hesitate to upgrade to a new one if possible, who make great pictures too 🙂

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