Yesterday I was once again on site at the new Souq Waqif in Wakra. As I parked I decided once again to pull out my little Sony RX-100 from my bag and go and take some snaps. It wasn’t a planed photo shoot, I just decided on the spur of the moment to grab some more images of the project approaching completion.
So there I am clicking away, looking for angles and shots depicting the work approaching completion, and I notice a fellow photographer doing the same thing.
At first I was a little annoyed that I didn’t have my massive Sony a77 DSLR with me, complete with battery hand grip making it look even larger and a nice big fast lens to go with it. I stupidly felt inadequate with my little RX-100, and suddenly felt the need to look like a photographer. How stupid was that?! This poor guy just wanted to take some nice shots of the Souq, and I wanted a camera showdown with him.
Anyway, it wasn’t going to happen. My large professional looking camera was back at home, and so me and my little RX-100 got on with the job. After a while of not paying any attention to guy with nice big professional looking DSLR, he caught my attention again. I stood and watched as he framed his shots, and imagined what the images were he was capturing. My ego settled back down. This guy had the big camera, he had the nice camera bag and accessories, but the shots he was framing were very, errrr…. shall we say ‘money to buy big camera, but doesn’t know how to use it’ type shots.
This is when I realised that just having the biggest camera on the planet, a photographer it doesn’t make. My lovely little RX-100 goes everywhere with me. It’s always at hand. And if I had to choose which camera out of the two (RX-100 or a77) I would pick my RX-100 every time. In fact I am considering selling my a77 as it is getting so little use these days.
My next camera is going to be a high quality CSC (Compact System Camera) and probably a Sony. The only reason I produce my a77 now is when I need to look like a photographer. But I find myself more artistic, and ever ready with a small discrete camera. And when you have a small camera no one even notices you. You can take them anywhere and no one gives a damn. Take a big DSLR for a walk and everyone is on guard, they are nervous of the camera and what you are doing with it.
Once I got home I was very eager to take a look at my images and of course upload to Flickr. That RX-100 of mine never disappoints. I am so please with the images I captured on it’s large (for a compact camera) 1″ sensor. And I will bet my shots look better that Mr. I Have a Big Camera’s shots.