I picked up a mirrorless camera a few weeks ago and have been having a tremendous time walking around town with it, shooting some street photos and testing the capabilities of the new camera body with some of my existing glass.
When I first got into photography, I used to love walking in Madison with my prime lens and camera, just to see what I could come up with. Every time I get some new equipment I still enjoy testing it on the street. I’m always super-impressed with the photo equipment I’ve owned throughout the years starting with my Canon 5D (classic) in 2006. I really try to not to chase gear too much though. Many of the great photographers did some of their best work with far less equipment than I have, so I try to keep that in mind.
Days like this remind me that I’m far more interested in what goes on in the alleyways, loading docks and rusty fire escapes rather than the shiny building facades & lobbies out front. I love the access that being a photographer sometimes gives me. Green rooms, factories, biotech labs, locker rooms, and artist spaces are just of a few of the areas that I’m lucky enough to regularly visit in my career.
I feel fortunate to live in an era where fast glass is quite affordable and flawless autofocus is almost a given. I live in a mindset where my equipment is never my limitation. If a shot didn’t turn out as well as I’d like-than the blame falls squarely on my shoulders. That said, I feel I’m quite effective at getting from point A (pre-shoot planning) to point B (getting the desired visual outcome) for myself and my clients.
This post is not intended to be a technical camera review. But, I will say that I’m loving the autofocus, small form-factor, and in-body camera stabilization (IBIS) the R6 is providing me. Canon really took their time rolling out IBIS into camera bodies, but now it can be found in all their top-tier cameras and it’s a win for photographers. I was happy to learn that my beloved EF lenses work perfectly well on the RF lens mount platform with the simple use of a small adapter (that reminds me of my macro extension tubes).
Nothing shown here is all that technical or anything like that. It’s mostly just me grabbing a minimum amount of kit and hitting the streets. I kind of loved shooting this way since it gives me the feeling I used to have when I first started out learning photography in college.