Shot last week with my old Panasonic DMC FZ10. I bought the camera in 2003 when I wanted to transition into digital photography during a time I was working on a diploma in commercial (film) photography, as an exploratory measure to a more professional, and then very young technology, DSLR system.
After three years in storage, I recently dusted off this camera, curious.
The images are unprocessed (no Photoshop except to downsize and copyright). I see artifacts.
I never did get around to investing in a DSLR, unable to commit to the Nikon system, which would have been the most logical step to take since I have lots of Nikon glass and gear, that I couldn’t part with. And I couldn’t rationalise investing in a second and completely new system, as attractive as the Canon system was. Not after spending so much on photography and darkroom gear and film and colour film processing. In digital photography, it’s never about buying just the camera. Faster laptops, more storage, good compatible glass, and so on.
Looking back, I realise it was around the time I bought this Panasonic when I began to question technology, consumerism, career choices, old dreams. Looking around now, I’m not surprised it’s taken a decade to find the answers I really need. Almost but not quite there. It’s time to get an interchangeable lens digital camera. One that suits what and how I now know I photograph, how I want to photograph. I’m looking at mirrorless systems.