Heavy cameras are the WORST thing for your artistic thriving as a photographer.
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My buddy Anthony is traveling in Japan right now, and he brought his Fuji and some lenses, and his RICOH GR III.
He just texted me and told me:
Screw the Fuji and all these heavy lenses. Lightweight RICOH for life!
Why all this obsession with big and heavy cameras?
We make a sucker mistake:
We think bigger is better.
This bias exists even in our etymology. For example, the word ‘great’ comes from ‘magnus’ in Latin. To be great literally means to be “big”.
Humans are basic
Thus we have a basic bias:
If it is bigger, it is better.
For example we believe:
- Bigger homes are better
- Bigger cars are better
- Bigger muscles are better
- Bigger breasts are better
Why big is bad in photography
I’ve shot all the cameras out there, and this is the truth:
All big, heavy, and bulky cameras are bad. Irrespective of how good the image quality is.
Why? The bigger, bulkier, and more cumbersome your camera, the LESS LIKELY you are to make new photos!
Why I’m using the 21mm adapter less
I really like the 21mm adapter for the RICOH GR III. But ultimately if I had a choice, I wouldn’t use it. Why? The 21mm adapter makes the GR III bigger, bulkier, and less pocketable.
Thus, I’m just shooting with the default 28mm lens– which honestly works well in almost all situations!
No flash with RICOH GR III
Don’t use flash on RICOH GR III.
Ricoh does sell an external flash with GR III, but it defeats the purpose of the camera being small and compact.
Better to shoot a bad photo than no photo
I am in a good spot. I currently have lots of racks stowed away in my savings account. I can theoretically afford any camera currently on the market. I could shoot with any digital medium format camera, or digital Leica M camera. But I prefer the RICOH GR III. Why? Once again — EXTREME PORTABILITY!
I was testing the iPhone Pro for a while (even smaller than the GR III), but ultimately, this is my takeaway:
The RICOH GR III is only twice as big as the iPhone Pro, yet the image quality and performance is at least 20x better.
Once again, the bigger, heavier, bulkier, and more cumbersome the camera, the less likely you are to shoot photos!
Portability, compactness, and ultralight ALWAYS over image quality.
A Pentax 645Z is a great camera. Yet I prefer the RICOH GR III 1000x over it. Why? The 645Z literally gave me carpal tunnel or tennis elbow pain. And it is EXHAUSTING to lug around. The goal is to walk MANY MILES every single day with minimum exhaustion. This is why also with all of our devices, to optimize ultra lightweight is the goal.
No to heavy things.
Lightweight clothing and equipment
Same goes with shoes. Always optimize the lightest shoes possible. The lighter your shoes, the FURTHER you can travel with LESS FATIGUE. Phil Knight has an anecdote in his memoir ‘Shoe Dog’ in which he says something like:
Even if we can shave half an ounce off a running shoe, that will equal to TONS of force and weight saved across [x] miles.
The goal is to move more, live more, create more, act more!
Generally speaking, smaller, lighter, more compact, and simpler is better.
- RICOH GR III as the best camera.
- To live in a minimalist (micro apartment) as optimal. Even more optimal is hotel room.
- When traveling, carry as few things as possible. One backpack.
- If you’re gonna buy a car, buy the smallest, or the lightest car possible (Mazda Miata). Even better to NOT own a car (I don’t currently own a car — I just walk, Uber, take the train, or fly everywhere).
Lighter is better.
Less is better:
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- The Will to Simplicity
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- Same But Different
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- How to Be a Zen Street Photographer
- The Less You Have, the More You Have
- Prune Excess
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- Zen in the Art of Street Photography
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- 15 (More) Lessons Taoism Has Taught Me About Street Photography
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- Why Less is More in Street Photography (and Life)
- Why You Should Shoot with One Camera and One Lens
- 5 Essentialist Tips in Street Photography
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- Deep Focus
- Follow Your Intuition
- Less, But Better
- Seek Emptiness
- Wonderment & Awe