The Wrong Camera

June 18, 2014

Mike, from The Online Photographer:

There’s nothing worse than seeing a fantastic picture when you don’t have a camera with you. But seeing a fantastic picture when you have the wrong camera with you is almost as bad.

Yikes. This is a controversial statement that I expect to see many people disagreeing with. I think Mike foresaw the controversy before he clicked publish. He postscripts with:

You’re in no way obligated to agree with this post. It might not be true for you. And if it isn’t true for you, I’m not saying you’re wrong. I’m just describing what’s true for me. Please don’t take it the wrong way.

As always, my views here lie somewhere in the middle. I can think of a few instances where I might agree with him—though most of these instances involve the focal length of my lens, as opposed to the camera in hand. For instance, while I greatly prefer the Fuji X100S to my iPhone 5S, the iPhone is still competent for my purposes. (Many of my daily photos have been made with the iPhone, such as yesterday’s. A photo like that could’ve been made with any camera, though.) So while I see his point, I don’t think that having “the wrong camera” is a problem for the majority of photographers.