for the past two (three? four?) months ige and i have been discussing, ranting, and raving about cameras. i have been eyeing the canon 550d since february (january?), making a decision that if ever i could save enough for a dslr, i would get that. i had also been lusting after the lumix lx5 ever since it came out, envying those who did have the money to purchase at will. oh well. when my lumix fs4 compact's screen smashed in february (my big, stupid fault), i itched for a new camera immediately, and it took a lot of willpower not to give in to cheaper, yet "good enough" compacts. the arrival of fuji's long-awaited finepix x100 on philippine shores brought much drama to my classic camera-loving self, but it is simply too unattainable for me.
i would always say that it's not the camera but the person behind it that makes a photograph, and agree with the idea that the best camera is the one you have with you. it's very zen, makes you at peace with yourself, and gives you a feeling of content. but it doesn't really stop you from wishing.
this morning while walking towards my building, i looked up the sky and saw a flock of birds taking wing. i thought how awesome it would be to have a camera right then and there and take a photo: the black silhouette of the birds against the varying gray gradients of the sky.
and then, this: i would have a lumix, the lx5. it would be perfect for my shooting style, the way i like to bring a camera everyday, and my fascination with wide angles and long exposures. as for the money i would have spent on a 550d, i would buy a nice lens (ige would say glass) for my nikon f80 film slr. it sounds like a good idea. i love film photography, and while film is still around, i'd like to make the most out of my film cameras too. the 550d can wait--if we're meant to be together, he'll (yes i have decided it's a boy) be there to bring me comfort when my film rolls run out, when photo labs stop processing film, and when companies stop manufacturing film altogether. [i hope that doesn't happen, though.]
but if anyone would like to give me a 550d, it's no problem, really. :P
(photos are summer shots with my nikon f80 film slr)