We love Elon Musk, Tesla, and electric cars. Why no love for “electric cameras”?
We already got electric cameras!
Digital photography isn’t as legitimate as analogue photography.
Similar bias in auto sports: electric cars aren’t seen as cool as (very loud) petroleum cars.
But what if electric cars were superior to gas cars? (I think they are).
And what if digital (electric) cameras were superior to analogue (film) cameras?
Currently shooting with RICOH GR III, 21mm adapter, and ERIC KIM NECK STRAP. Best combo I’ve ever used thus far.
This is the insane thing:
I think I actually prefer the high contrast jpeg files of RICOH GR III even MORE than black and white film.
This is huge. This means— why waste money on buying film, and meddling around with processing and scanning film?
We’re in a brave new world in photography: I think finally in 2019 digital photography has surpassed analogue photography in terms of image quality and aesthetics.
Digital medium photography for color, RICOH GR III for monochrome
My proposals: digital medium format photography for color photos (Pentax 645z), and RICOH GR III for monochrome.
Benefits of electric cameras
- Easy to charge: RICOH GR III able to charge with USB-C (same charger as my MacBook Pro).
- Never runs out of film or photo shooting ability: JPEG unlimited ability.
- Economical: RICOH GR III only $890. Much cheaper than purchasing film ($5-15 a roll), developing and scanning costs ($10-15 a roll). Assume film is $10 a roll and develop/scan is $10 (total $20 a roll of film), that will get you around 45 rolls of film (1,620 frames). I think I’d rather choose the RICOH GR III — I can easily shoot 1,000+ frames in a single day!
- Tightened feedback loop with digital: Shoot, import, select, and share your best photos hyper fast and easily with JPEG files. This allows you to learn, iterate, and improve your photography much quicker!
Film is still great
I still love film photography, but I just want to make the case to NOT get suckered in the bias that film is more legitimate than digital. They’re the same. They’re simply different. But if you’re like me— living nomadically, on the road, prefer to be minimalist and ultra-lightweight, to travel, and learn and develop quickly — digital (electric) cameras seem to be the way to go.
Let us never stop evolving — evolving with our artistry, and also technologies!
There is no “perfect” camera. Don’t fall into GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and falsely believe that buying a new camera will make you a better photographer.
If you’re not feeling inspired in your photography, I recommend you to buy books, not gear. Also check out these 75+ Inspirational Photo Books You Gotta Buy. You can also download my free books.
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- Gear Adaptation Syndrome
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- Why The Future of Photography is Software
- RICOH MAFIA
- Use and Abuse Your Gear!
- Why RICOH GR II is the Best Street Photography Camera
- The Best Photography/Vlogging Equipment Setup
- My Favorite Travel Street Photography Equipment
- Zen Body-Hand-Mind Connection with the Camera
- Why It Doesn’t Matter What Camera You Shoot With
- What is the Best Camera and Lenses for Street Photography?
- The Best Travel Street Photography Equipment 2018
- 6 Lessons I’ve Learned After Shooting All the Expensive Cameras
- How to Make Good Photos on a Shitty Camera
- Why I Shoot With One Camera and One Lens
- My Travel Equipment, Winter 2017
- What is the Perfect Camera For You?
- What to Consider When Buying a Camera
Digital Medium Format Photography
- Why Digital Medium Format is a Game-Changer for Color Photography
- The Upsides and Downsides of Digital Medium Format Photography
- Fujifilm GFX 50R and 45mm f/2.8 Lens First-Impressions Review
- Review of the Pentax 645Z and Digital Medium Format Photography
- 7 Reasons Why I Love Digital Medium-Format Photography
- My Experience Shooting Digital Medium Format in Street Photography
- My Experience Shooting my Friend’s Wedding on Digital Medium Format
- Why Digital Medium Format is the Future of Photography
- Is Digital Medium Format Worth It?
- 7 Lessons I’ve Learned Shooting Fashion For the First time on Digital Medium Format (PENTAX 645Z)
Smartphone Photography >
- The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Smartphone Photography
- Benefits of Shooting Street Photography With a Smartphone
- In Street Photography, The Smaller the Camera, the Better
Film Photography 101 >
- Film Street Photography Manual
- What I Learned Shooting 100 Rolls of Black and White Film
- What I Learned Processing 164 Rolls of Film
My favorite camera: RICOH GR III
Currently my favorite camera is the RICOH GR III:
- Why the RICOH GR III is the Best Travel Photography Camera
- Why the RICOH GR III is Better than the Leica Q2
- Why the RICOH GR III is the Best Street Photography Camera
- The RICOH GR III (3) is the Best Camera Ever Made.
Best Equipment by ERIC KIM
This is a list of my personal favorite equipment in photography, computers, and life:
Of course, this list probably won’t apply to you — but this is advice I would give myself (if I needed to buy stuff):
If you’re new to shooting film, pick up a copy of FILM NOTES.
Best film rangefinder
Leica MP + Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron Lens
Best affordable film rangefinder
Leica M6 + Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Lens
Best compact film camera
Best medium-format film camera
Fujifilm GF670 (discontinued, find on eBay)
Best black and white film
Kodak Tri-X 400 (pushed to 1600): $5
Best color film
Best film scanner
For medium-format/35mm: Epson v800: $800
For 35mm: Plustek OpticFilm 8100: $270
Best camera shoulder bag
Best camera backpack
Fits 13” Laptop and Camera: Thinktank Perception 15 (black): $120
Best photography neck strap
Best photography wrist strap
Best photography inspiration website
Best photography news blog
Best photography software
Best video editing software
iMovie (free) or Final Cut Pro X ($300)
Best educational photography book
Best black-and-white photography art book
Best color photography art book
“The Suffering of Light” by Alex Webb
Best photography handbook
Best philosophy book
On the Shortness of Life – Seneca ($8) // 10 Lessons Seneca Has Taught Me.
Best digital tools
Maxed-out 13” MacBook Pro (Refurbished)
Best Mac Apps
Best writing app
IA Writer (for writing)
Best screen recorder
Best image resizer
ExOfficio Men Boxer Brief (black): $26
Outlier NYC Merino Wool T-Shirt
Outlier NYC Black Merino Wool Socks
Merino Wool Leggings (black)
Best entrepreneurial tools
Best blogging platform
Best paid online services
Best cloud storage
Diet & Nutrition
Intermittent fasting — with one big meal a day (only dinner)
Deadlifts (one rep max) + squats + dumbbell press + chin-ups + pushups
Of course this is just a list of stuff that work for me. It probably won’t work for you.
But I got inspired to make this list– because it took me about 10 years to figure out the best equipment for me. And this works for me, and I hope it can help simplify your purchasing decisions (at least in photography and some other details).
I’ll continue to do articles and videos related to equipment– because I do believe (up to a certain degree) having the ‘right’ equipment in life makes life easier. But the problem is falling victim to GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) where we are buying stuff for the sake of it (has happened to me).
If you already have a bunch of equipment that works for you– stick with it. But if you need some help, I hope this list helped you.