It’s been ages since I bought any camera gear and honestly, it frustrates the shit out of me!! Not that I’m just into buying stuff, but all I’ve been using is the one kit lens I got with my D200 – and that’s 3 years ago!
Umm… so why haven’t I bought it? Well, no job = no money = no fun… plain n simple. I’ve got tired of browsing around, reviewing gears and wishing I could have it… only finding out that something better popped up. It’s seriously BAD how fast the industry is churning out these cameras. A semi-pro body has a life of 6 months, pro body of 1-1.5 years. A new body or a version HAS to come out!! It’s really frustrating.
A few days ago, I had a bolt of lightning… I thought of selling my digital stuff, and buying myself a scanner and one “good” lens from that money. I have been wanting (dying) to buy me a point-n-shoot for sometime now. Well, after using a dSLR for so long, you can imagine how much of a control freak I became using it. Went through a lot of semi-pro P-n-S but none stood out as the ultimate “swiss army” camera. Until recently, Olympus came out with the E-P1. Now this camera IS something that’s between a P-n-S. A very product that can serve anyone. However, no point-n-shoot can satisfy everyone’s needs. The issue with the E-P1 is that it doesn’t have any built in flash, and it really isn’t pocketable esp. when you put on a different lens than the 17mm pancake lens.
The other alternative to the E-P1 (for myself, mind you) is the Ricoh GRD III or the GX200. The GRD III is a sweet sweet camera, and many photographers do swear by its lens. The ONLY issue I have with it is that it’s lens has a fixed focal length. This leaves me no other choice but the GX200.
So now I’m thinking, if I got me a film scanner, one “good” lens and the Ricoh GX200, I can wait a while and watch the prices drop for the dSLR body I ultimately want. Not a bad proposition in my view.
– now this is what’s on my mind –
Scanner : Konica-Minolta Elite 5400 II
Lens : Nikon 85mm f/1.8 D ( and/or 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 … if possible )
P-n-S : Ricoh GX200