What Camera | Part 1

Joseph Radhik

India's acclaimed wedding photographer Joseph Radhik loves great Chinese food, shopping for camera parts in obscure streets around the world, and the pursuit for beauty in images. 

Joseph is a speaker at PEP Asia 2017, the definitive photography conference in Asia. 

This is PART 1 of what will be a 2 part post on how to pick your camera system. Maybe, I'll write a blog on this someday. Maybe I won't (due to my brand endorsements).

First, some context >>

Confession 1: I like primes, I hate zooms. So this entire post assumes that you'll be choosing a bag of fast and lightweight primes or slow and heavy zooms.

Confession 2: I am totally and completely brand agnostic. I love my tools, but I do not give two flying frogs about the name on the tool. I have been lucky enough to be asked to endorse a few brands over these years, and I only use the brands I endorse. Not because they ask me to, but because I actually love their features. I am also very very cognizant of their flaws and I work closely with their engineering teams giving them feedback whenever relevant.

Assumption 1: You value money, and you have limited amounts of it. This is assumption is critical to this entire post. If you don't value money, you can buy all three systems and play with each one every other day of the week. If you have unlimited amounts of money, you can simply open a retail camera store and use every camera on the planet. I value money and I have limited amounts of it, hence I choose to prioritize experiences over things. Given a choice between a trip to Iceland over a camera upgrade, I'll always choose the former.

Assumption 2: You are not a fanboy. If you are, stop reading right now. This post will make zero sense to you.

Assumption 3: You are sane enough to admit that "color" and "tone" are figments of your imagination and that your clients will never see the difference. And you are sane enough to admit that your overly edited and "VSCO preset" images will never display color accuracy. You lift the blacks on a tone curve, and crush the shadows but talk about "dynamic range"? You desaturate your yellows and make greens turn to brown but talk about "skin tones"? You oversaturate your blues and pop the reds but talks about "blue channel noise"? Nobody cares about these things. You can edit an image the way you want to, the camera has almost no say in how good, bad or ugly you can edit an image. Finally, we all shoot RAW anyway, so you are being a troll if you bring up the whole "color" argument again.

Assumption 4: You’re viewing these as photography cameras. If we would talk video, the opinions would be totally different.