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08-27-2018, 07:02 AM   #1
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Do you always carry a camera? What? Cell phones don't count

Do you always carry a camera? What did you pick? Why? And no, I'm not counting cell phones for this!

I decided last fall I wanted something I could always have in a leather messenger bag that started off life following me to work and for simplicity now gets grabbed whenever I go out the door. My K3 II just didn't fit and seemed too much. I ended up grabbing a Sony a6000 on a special from B&H with the Sony 16-50 lens and a deep discount on the 55-210 that seems to get offered frequently as an add on with that base a6000 kit. I was attracted to having the APS-C size sensor, being able to use my Pentax lenses if desired with an affordable adapter, and the general size and weight fit what I was willing to lug. I really don't need a lot in my leather bag, so I joke I have a small camera kit I carry to work and manage to fit a few other items into.

Of course, a combination of GAS and curiosity landed a Q-S1 in my lap this past spring. It is starting to go for rides in the bag too. Just depends on my mood.

So, where have you all landed on carrying a camera daily?

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If I'm out with the intention of decent photography then its one of my Pentax's, I always have in the car and ready a Fuji X100s its a fixed lens but its APSC and the low light quality is superb as well as normal light.

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I always have a camera, but what I have can change from day to day. Usually it's a two camera kit, such as: K-1 & LX or K3 & Voigtlander Bessa L or Q10 & Spotmatic SP, or any combination thereof.

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Locally, no. If there;s a good opportunity, I'll go specially armed, but otherwise I'll make a mental note and go back some other time.

in a location I've not seen before or am unlikely to see again - usually - but not always if the focus is social - photography is very anti-social
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K-3 or K-1. Period.
I have an assortment of camera bags that means I have the right size bag for what I want to carry that day.
I certainly wouldn't consider buying a camera to fit a bag. And I insist on the padding you get in camera bags that are made to be camera bags. I even add extra padding if I feel the padding is insufiecient. II don't see camera bags as part of my fashion accessories.

I have several small compact bags just big enough for a K-1 or K-3 with a standard zoom lens, a macro lens, and the DA 55-300. I'd be nervous going anywhere with less. Our Q rarely gets used. It's still pretty much a novelty item. My XG-1 gets used more often.

Going to a specific shoot I may take one of my bigger lenses DA*200 or DA* 60-250 or even my Tamron 300 2.8. Only the Tamron needs it's own bag.

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I always have a camera, but what I have can change from day to day. Usually it's a two camera kit, such as: K-1 & LX or K3 & Voigtlander Bessa L or Q10 & Spotmatic SP, or any combination thereof.
It's so easy to forget some really nice film cameras and how compact they can be!
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Do you always carry a camera? What did you pick? Why? And no, I'm not counting cell phones for this!
Yes I do.
Lately, my choice has been the KP with the DA15, 20-40, and 55mm.
I just love how they make me work XD

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I certainly wouldn't consider buying camera to fit a bag. I guess i just don't have any bags I like hot much.
For me, if the camera was too big and heavy and became a problem to carry, it would get left at home. Typically there's nothing to see on my mundane commute a few miles to and from the same office, so it almost seemed silly to be carrying a camera daily, but then every now and then, I would have the scenario where I really wish I had a camera. So the quest became what would fit into something I was already carrying with me as I headed out the door, and also not to look like I'm carrying camera equipment, as I walk into meetings etc. No one questions or thinks twice about my leather messenger bag. It looks professional and fits where I am in the organization (senior IT management). So no, not that I like my bag that much, but what would work and satisfy requirements for being easy to carry and be something I would be happy with the photos from.
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Ricoh GR or K3 and 20-40, but I know we're told we should always carry a camera, it's just that when I'm carrying one I do tend to be in 'taking shots mode' and I miss things. My observation 'powers' change. Yes I may miss the great shot, but I see much more. I remember standing recently with my camera hanging by my side keenly watching a deer playing (and it did seem to be playing), when another photographer passed by and was incredulous I wasn't shooting away. Somehow, I feel the memory, watching the deer's antics out-weighed trying to record it.

And another instance comes to mind. I was taking shots in a wood surrounded by bluebells, when 3 leverets raced past. Eventually they became used to me standing there. I'd giving up taking shots as my photographic interest had dissipated as I became focused watching the hares, which by now were tumbling around a few feet from me. Two glorious early morning hours passed watching them race around the bluebells. No photos, but fantastic memory.

So no, I often choose to not take a camera or keep it in its bag.

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I've been carrying a camera with me for over forty years now - not for the "art", but for the "history". My POV is that I'm recording my world as it is today before tomorrow comes and everything changes. I don't always follow that dictum; near where I was raised as a child, there was a dangerous railroad crossing where the road went over a six-plus foot "hump" to cross the tracks ..... I never did photograph that, and the last time I was in the area, the hump I'd known for sixty years was gone {they'd artfully raised the road}

But getting back to your question - sometimes I do depend on my smart phone these days - I specifically chose it because of the camera - and sometimes I carry my Q-7 with me.
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If I bring a backpack or bag I often bring a "real" camera with me.
Usually it is Sony A7 with a set of Pentax manual focus prime lenses. (m42 or K-mount).
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my K-3 goes with me everywhere, no matter the trip or reason...


you can never go back and get the shot... I've missed too many shots and learned that the hard way...
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No, if cellphones does not count, but why excude them?
I use for quick videos and snapshots about my family or just my son if I want to get an image about what we did on that day. I also photograph interesting lighting conditions with my cellphone if that is the only camera with me. If I wouldn't have a cellphone camera I would carry my KP more, so I think cellphones should count too.
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I go hot and cold on this. I try to toss my lx7 into the car when going anywhere but not always. When I walk in my neighborhood I try to take it or my m43 body and a lens.

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