Sorry, I've got song titles on the brain today. What, not who.
But a serious question to throw out to the brain trust**: I'm writing an article called "Small Cameras We Love." I've got a number of the slots nailed down, but the list is looking suspiciously Mike-ish, or maybe I should say Mike-centric. Hence my query: What small camera do you love?
I'd be interested to hear, if you'd care to share.
P.S. To forestall people asking what category of cameras I'm talking about, I'm not. I'm talking about cameras that are a) small and b) loved—that's it.
*Original version: Bo Diddley, 1956. Best cover: George Thorogood and the Destroyers, 1978. Worst cover: UFO, the Morlocks (tie); Duke Robillard, Tom Rush (runners-up).
**I.e., our audience. Readers. You!
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Featured [partial] Comment by Simon A: "...And of course the Fuji X100—I remember it being fantastic every morning when I wake up. :) "
Featured [partial] Comment by Hugh Crawford: "...The iPhone 4 is pretty loveable—I know someone who bought it specifically to use as a camera."
Featured Comment by Bruce: "Olympus Trip. Fifteen million users can't be wrong. I repaired Olympus cameras for twenty years. Trips are sharp, and reliable, no batteries. Only thing that goes wrong is aperture blades sticky—fixable yaself. Also, screws come loose, but are tightenable yaself. Almost. Shutter blades never sticky...wonder why?? 35RD's are beautiful, but sticky shutters are slightly frustrating. Lens: 40mm ƒ/1.7...coupled rangefinder...simply sensational. 35SPn brilliant, but not small. Never saw sticky shutter blades in an SPn, but lots in 35RD—why?? XA2 brilliant. Had OM1s and all the lenses...stupidly sold when digital came in...would give my eye teeth for my 21mm ƒ/2 back to fit on my 5D Canon. Wonder what it would be like on a 5D Mark II? Whoowoo. Lovely to see such love for Oly. Am at present having fun with an EPL1 and short zoom. Lovely JPEGs straight out of camera. Great topic...wonder how many people will read this far??" [Bruce's was approximately the 150th comment. —Ed.]
Featured Comment by Martin: "I'm surprised not to see the iPhone appear more. I have an Olympus XA2—mentioned many times in the Comments—and a Canonet QL19, both wonderful small cameras. However, neither changed the way I work. With those cameras, I just transfered my usual SLR process to them, i.e. bring the camera to an event and consciously set about to photograph.
"The iPhone, on the other hand, did change the way I work. The photos I take with it are during times when 'I amn't photographing.' Since those times are play rather than work, they are precious to me and so I love having photos from them. Also, the photos I take with the iPhone look completely different (I'm not talking about image quality here) from my SLR pictures because of the different process.
"If you aren't working in a different way with your small camera compared to your big camera, I don't really see the point of using a small camera. But if you yourself change as a photographer in response to a small camera, then that's love."
Featured Comment by Hans Muus: "Back in 1994 I went on a short organized dog-sled trekking trip in the south of Lapland (mid-Sweden). To cut the costs a little I had arranged an assignment for a story plus photos for a backpacking monthly. Because of the unique occasion I took matters very seriously and carried (or rather, the sleigh carried and the dogs tugged) a Nikon F3, an FM2 with motordrive and a Minox 35. All with Kodacolor (negative) film. Five pictures were published alongside the story, two almost full page—and these were both taken with the Minox. Lovely little basterd."
Featured [partial] Comment by James: "...I also want to nominate the Hubble Space Telescope (hey, size is relative, right? 57 metres in length is small in relation to most space objects...). Some of the imagery coming off that thing is literally changing science and thus human understanding."
Featured Comment by Bob Dales: "Canon S90 'cause my sweetie's always with me."