I know my cameras well enough to work them with little if any thought too. But objects do affect emotions.
For better or worse each camera has it's strengths and it's stereotypes in our worlds and those translate into how I relate to the world and how those around me relate to me.
In a sense picking a camera is like choosing which "friend" you want to spend the day with.
For example choosing an RB is for me a commitment to a more planned or formal "date" with a serious-minded city girl, where grabbing my Holga is more of partying by the lake with the girl from next door "date".
I'm not the only one that gets this either, the "girls" I hang with have a distinct affect on how the people around me act. Think Michelle Obama vs. P!nk. I'd happily spend separate afternoons with either, each afternoon would be a very different experience.
I think all my efforts to convince people that avid photographers aren't kooks just went out the window
I feel this way about my Rolleiflex. In the beginning, I wasn't sure how I felt about it - did it work well with me, was the twin-lens thing a good idea or a bad idea? But after putting some film through it, and taking it out on 'dates', I got to know it and realized it was probably the best camera for me that I've ever owned (no slight to my large format stuff - they're the friends-with-benefits when I need some spice or want to do something I can't do with the Rollei). But it does just get out of the way and let me take the images I want to take. I would say it does love me back, because I get the best pictures from it.
A TLR is on my bucket list.
Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR
"We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Anaïs Nin
I'm the son of an retired pro shooter. I grew up watching my father use a variety of Linhof's, Hasselblad's, and Rollei's. For reasons I can't rationally explain, the Hasselblad's always were my favorite. Although I own more digital camera gear than I have a right to, my photography dreams always involved Hasselblad. A few months ago I finally purchased a 500CM and a couple of Zeiss lenses. The minute that chrome and black camera arrived at my home, it felt like I'd come full circle. I continue to enjoy my DSLR gear, but it doesn't come close to having mojo like that 500CM. There is something about Victor's design that just feels magical to me.
Is it a coincidence that there doesn't seem to be a single female member of APUG posting to this thread?
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2