The changing face of cameras........ / by Neil Genower

I'm currently trying to figure out what my next camera/lens should be. I've used many different cameras since the inception of digital. Strange how when i used to shoot film, I hardly ever changed cameras. Nikon F3/4 a Hasselblad and a handful of lenses, now we seem to change our cameras every 24-36 months. Is it because they always get better, or is it because we have so much access via the net now to what's new and happening? I watched an interesting chat between two, let's say, mature photographers about which direction cameras are moving. It seems that most of the point and shoot pocket cameras are now being ignored in favour of the iphone or android, let's face it, how many folk actually print their pictures anymore? So, phones are always with us and now offer reasonable quality if you're only looking at the pictures on a monitor. My work means I need to shoot stills with a silent or very near silent camera. This has previously meant I needed a camera blimp or silencer box. With the advent of these new mirror less cameras, I no longer need to use the silencer, although I'm stuck with my Canon lenses and the system I'm referring to is Sony, who are at the time of writing, the only manufacturers of full frame mirrorless cameras, that shoot silently via the electronic shutter, I'm referring to the Sony a7s. I'm aware of both Lumix and fuji who make silent cameras but I prefer the full frame. Red cameras now make The Dragon which shoots 6K video but allows you to extract 19mb stills files, and it can shoot 100 fps, that's some decisive moment. Changes in camera manufacture are happening so fast it's hard to keep up, I do sometimes long for the reassuring clunk of the Hasselblad, the slow wind on and the twelve frames. Have we progressed? I guess so, but there is still a time and a place for quiet, thoughtful calm. Digital pictures are wonderful, but where do we slow down in this race to take pictures in darkness, with cameras you can barely hold they are so small, giving us files that will provide enough resolution to print the size of a small town? And anyway, who cares? No one really looks beyond the screen. Traditional Digital single lens reflex cameras as we know them will probably be replaced by the mirrorless variety. At least they will be smaller and lighter. There are some folk out there that don't sign up to smaller and lighter (see my previous blog post) but for most of us, this I suppose is progress.

Hasselblad 500cm

Hasselblad 500cm

Red Dragon

Red Dragon