Thoughts On New Cameras

I make no secret of the fact that I have very little interest in photography equipment. I’ve been shooting with a full frame Sony A99 for around five years, with the speed technology evolves that makes it quite outdated as a camera. It was a major expense when I bought it, a huge step up from my previous little crop sensor.

Did it make me a better photographer? No, not all. But it did make me a different photographer.

Changing to an electronic viewfinder meant that I could see exactly what I was shooting and that helped me see and use light differently. Having focus peaking helped me fall in love with manual focus lenses, to the point where I rarely use standard lenses.

Five years on and the camera is still going strong and as someone with no interest in cameras I had zero plans to change it. Until my body told me otherwise! Shoulder problems meant that the weight of this body and lenses were becoming an issue and I made an impulsive purchase of a Fuji X-T20. Chosen purely for it’s (lack of) weight in many ways it’s a backward step from my full frame Sony.

Is it making me a worse photographer? No not at all, but it’s making me a different photographer.

Now that sounds familiar!

There’s something quite special about the combination of the Fuji and my Helios vintage lens, I liked it on the Sony but there’s something different about this combination. I’ve been enjoying wandering around gardens with it and often find it can create a painterly look to backgrounds.

And just look at the amazing background here, no editing other than a slight contrast tweak and a crop!

And a couple with textures from my new Floral Bokeh Collection….

And of course I’m still loving shooting with all my Lensbabies. In some cases the effects are just a little less noticeable and I’m adjusting to the fact that they all effectively become longer focal lengths. Although as someone who isn’t a natural wide shooter I’m quite happy with my Burnside becoming closer to a 52mm focal length!

I’m also really enjoying getting creative with in camera double exposures, but more on those some other time….


  • Martin

    You could create wonderful images with the bottom of an old milk bottle and a cardboard box!!!

    • Janet Broughton

      Oh that made me laugh Martin, thank you! Have you ever come across the work of Susan Burnstine? She really does make the most beautiful images from cameras she makes herself.

  • Wendy

    Wow Janet. Viewing these images – especially the black and white my heart skip. What stunning images.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Wendy!

  • Lisa

    Beautiful images I too think Grave yards are. Tranquil Places.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thank you Lisa!