You Are What You Shoot?

In the car world it’s long been an incorrect, I think, axiom that “you are what you drive.” All this was was running though my mind while reading e-mail from a reader about one of my Shutterbug reviews of a digital SLR. If you are what you drive, are you also What You Shoot?

javalin2I love hearing from readers and while most of my e-mail is from people asking for help with a technical problem, on occasions I get an e-mail that’s not entirely friendly. Recently a reader wrote complaining about what he perceived as a bias in my Shutterbug review of a Nikon digital SLR, which was surprising considering I’d also heard from Nikon USA about the same article thanking me for what they considered an even-handed review.

Information about the gear I use is included in my stories and blog posts because readers like to know this kind of stuff. That’s also why I also try to include exposure data when I can. For example, the image at left was shot with my old Panasonic Lumix GX1 and Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens with an exposure of 1/4000 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 320

Ultimately I think you should use this information only as a guide and shoot whatever kind of camera you like and can afford. I strongly believe the attitude you bring to a shoot is more important than the equipment. If you really want to know what kind of gear I use and purchased with my own money—there are no freebies, at least not for me. If you want to know what I am currently shooting, click here.

When I review equipment I try to put myself in the position of a reader who wants to know how well the gear works. I’ve criticized cameras from all manufacturers because I’m not a fanboy of any particular brand. If I am biased at all it’s toward the truth, as I see it anyway, about a particular product and not based on its name or how many pros shoot it at the Super Bowl or how many celebrities use the camera. Few of us will get to photograph the Super Bowl and fewer yet are celebrities. All I want to know and tell you about is does the equipment work as advertised and is it a good value. That’s my only bias.

PS. If you have questions, just click on CONTACT at the top of this page and I’ll do my best to answer any photography questions that you might have.