If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.
-- Nobuyoshi Araki
I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day
-- William Eggleston
Cameras are wonderful little contraptions.
By making photographs, they are tools with which one can express their personal taste and private sensibilities. At the same time they physically exist as expressions of these same concepts. The relationship one has with their cameras affects their approach to making a picture.
People who shoot film simply do because they choose to, and the Photo Culture of Tokyo is full of film camera users. When I meet them out on the streets I ask to photograph their camera, and usually post it here the same day. All of the photos were shot with a Ricoh GRDII. I trust that this irony is not lost on anyone.
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Yesterday I picked up a mint straight-out-of-the-box brand new Konica Big Mini from my friend Colin who sourced it for me from a Konica camera dealer in my home state of Nebraska, of all places. He apparently ended up cleaning out the rest of the inventory and since there was already a Big Mini F in the lot kindly offered me dibs on this HG model pictured above.
The Konica Big Mini took the number 3 spot in my contribution to a Top 5 Favorite Camera article in Nippon Camera last year. The lens has such character- especially with color film. I’ve been shooting Big Minis alongside Leicas since 2005. “Robust” isn’t a term I’d use to describe them though as they tend to wear out quicker than most. I’ve been through 6 or 7 so far but will be taking very good care of this one here.