Earlier this summer I bought in a mirrorless camera body, the Canon R8, along with a lens adapter that allows me to use my existing DSLR lenses with it. It’s been a while since I invested in new gear, let alone learned a new system. I still don’t have the hang of it yet, and each time I pick up the camera I seem to figure something else out.
You’re probably wondering why I don’t just watch a YouTube tutorial or–gasp–read the manual, but where’s the fun in that? When it comes to learning about my cameras, I tend to try things out first to see how far I get. If I can’t figure it out, I’ll move on to something more instructive, but until I’ve felt the equipment in my hands and worked with it, the instructions feel very abstract. In theory, I’ve got it, but in reality, I’m not quite sure. Luckly, operating the R8 has been pretty intuitive for me, as the mirrorless features are more or less the same as my DSLR system.
Now this little camera feels just like a toy–it weighs almost nothing–so I have a feeling that this it will become a regular in my repertoire. I’ve already tested it as a second camera for work, and it passed with flying colors, and this weekend I slung it across my body while walking around my neighborhood like the old days when I first discovered my DSLR.
Truthfully though, I’ve only photographed with it a handful of times despite owning it for three months. In fact, I didn’t even touch it until three weeks ago! But isn’t life like that sometimes? You’re ready for something new, but surprisingly not quite ready to jump in with two feet, and then when you make the leap, you’re not sure what all the fuss was about. At least that seems to be the way things work for me. So although I still have quite a learning curve ahead of me, I’m looking forward to seeing where my journey goes.
How about you? Have you tried something new lately? I’ve love to hear about it in comments!