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One year with Sony Alpha cameras and ZEISS E-mount lenses. Developing my own photographic eye in a in a scratch book manner. Hunting the stream of inspiration and sharing it through a popular blog platform.
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Too many lenses, part II

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/50 – f/4.0, 1/60sec, ISO2500, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/50 – f/4.0, 1/60sec, ISO2500, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

In previous post I told you about the problem of making creative compositional choices when one has too many lenses. Today I’m going to continue this story with another problem that comes when one has access to many high quality lenses and two camera bodies. Just like the first problem, it was really a simple thing but it never occurred to me before: I needed to find an easy way to transfer all this equipment in one camera case whenever I was going, for example, for small overnights trips to another town. As a temporary solution I wrapped all the lenses individually to a baby gauze (a material which we have had plenty ever since our second daughter was born approximately 10 months ago), but it was ridiculous really and I kept searching the perfect camera bag for some time. For a real solution I acquired a Lowepro Pro Tactics 180 AW, which could fit everything except the Sony Nex-5N body. I was very happy with the bag (it’s great really and very well thought out), but once I got everything in one bag I started to stress about it! Having a quite a bit of that expensive Sony & Zeiss equipment there in one handy camera bag (‘The Zeiss-bag’ as I named it), ready to be stolen by anyone, has definitely made me a bit more cautious (and I am not overstressing type of person). To put it bluntly, having probably the greatest camera setup of my life has also introduced me to a new unwanted element in my photography: worrying about my gear.

No need to make it bigger number than it is really, but in somewhat amusing way it reminds me of this mental image of some lucky who is lucky enough to own a Ferrari, but stresses about scratches and dents every day. I didn’t know it would occur to me also, but I believe it can be explained pretty naturally by the fact that I’m using better equipment than I could afford in real life. And in the end, I believe, this also introduces a certain humbleness into my photography: I’m privileged to have an access to this great setup and therefore I should take care of it in a similar fashion. For example, I already know that this particular setup and everything it comes with (this project really and all of you) is definitely something that I will remember forever in my life, even if it would be replaced by something else later on. This is ‘the Sony & Zeiss setup’ which, not only made me cautious about my equipment, but also was something which I had never experienced before in my photography. And as such it brings me inspiration that easily outweighs the mundane problems it comes with – let’s just hope I don’t drift into any unwanted accidents with my new Zeiss-bag! :D