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Suggesting to a photographer that a nice photograph is the result of a ‘really good’ camera is similar to telling a chef that a nice meal must be the result of exceptionally good cookware. It is how you use the equipment that makes the difference. My equipment has improved considerably over the last few years but I have favourite photographs from all three of the cameras I have used. I am intentionally ignoring the megapixel values. More megapixels do have a bearing on image size but not necessarily image quality.

Sony Cyber-shot L1
The Carl Zeiss glass on Sony Cyber-shots give them pretty good optics. By today’s standards, the L1 is positively primitive but given the right conditions, it was capable of some pretty decent photographs. It had very fast auto-focus for its class and was solidly put together.

Panasonic Lumix TZ3
While it did not have any manual controls, the massive 10x optical zoom on this compact made it a brilliant little camera. The large LCD and the 28mm wide angle Leica lens made it perfect for landscape photography. It did get noisy at anything higher than ISO400 but overall, I loved it.

Olympus E-420 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses
UV, CPL, ND4 and Graduated ND4 Filters

My first venture into DSLR territory. The Olympus may be an off-beat choice in a world full of Canons and Nikons but I had my reasons for choosing it. I am not going to get into a brand comparison debate here but the E-system’s compact size and colour saturation were the main factors for me. The Oly also comes with pretty good glass as part of its standard kit.

The most important thing is to be comfortable with the camera you use. If you shoot within the limitations of your equipment, you can get results from pretty much any camera.


  1. Love your pics. Laughed out loud when I saw the first line of your intro about suggesting that you have a good camera. Haha.

    I suddenly started liking pics ever since I got my very first camera a about a year and a half ago. Ever since then it’s been almost like an obsession. I moved on from my Canon Powershot A630 to Canon Powershot SX10is. I’m still playing around with the manual settings and I love it.

    Keep posting! Nice to have come across your site. 🙂

  2. @BI* – Thanks for visiting 🙂

    I’m sure you’ve been asked the same question; “what camera do you use?” Grrrr…

    I think I saw a post re: putting your Powershot up for sale? Got your eye on a DSLR I take it 😀

  3. Today,I was checking out a couple of wildlife pics taken by one of my mates. Awed by them, I said to him, “You must be having a really good camera”. He was deeply offended by my remark, and it was quite fitting that I then come across your blog.
    Thanks for the advice/suggestions on trying to make the most use of the camera that one already has. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by Vishmir and sorry about the delayed response.

      Good luck with your photography and please check out the blog again… I update a couple of times a week.

  4. Love the intro! Yes, that’s basically the first question somebody asks after seeing the pictures: “So, what camera do you use?” Sometimes, I understand them; I used to ask that question a lot too (to help me decide which DSLR to get).

    • Nice to see that you’ve become a regular visitor Nadia 🙂 I look forward to your comments and feedback.

      I have no issues with people asking me camera advice in general… as long as they are looking for assistance in finding a camera that will suit them best.

      But the insinuation that getting a particular brand or model would immediately improve their skills makes my teeth itch! 😀

  5. Hey man! great stuff…

    planning on buyin one myself…any novice DSLR recommendations? 🙂

    • Took me up on my offer, eh? 🙂

      I will be glad to provide some recommendations… it really depends on what kind of pictures you like taking and where you are located.

      Too much to get into in a comment… I’ll drop you a email if you prefer.

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