We Have A Lot in Common: Small Cameras, Big Pictures

Posted Aug. 1st, 2018 (3 weeks ago) by Daniel J. Cox

OK, when I first saw Ben Aqua’s video titled: Why I Ditched Full Frame For Micro Four Thirds Cameras, I thought, you know, this kid and I have a lot in common. I mean it’s not just the glasses that we obviously both found on Amazon. There’s a lot more to it than that, me being a mentor and all. He describes his full frame Canon 5D as a “damn tyrannosaurus egg” around his neck. Then he refers to it as a “big ass amazing camera.” These are a couple of a long list of “crazy ass” things I can totally relate to and some of our NE Explorers may have heard me say.  This kid delivers the message in a fun and interesting way. I’m having a hard time writing this from laughing as I watch his video to capture his quotes.

I know, it’s hard to tell us apart, but Ben’s on the left and I’m on the right.

Here’s a list of my favorites describing his reasons for jumping from full frame to MFT. Now if I could just get him to not copy my stylish peepers.

Ben Aqua tells it like it is:

  • “…damn tyrannosaurus egg around your neck”
  • “What’s the point of having a big ass amazing camera if you don’t even want to use it?”
  • “It’s weird that physical bulk is the number one issue I have with full frame cameras.”
  • His Canon 5D “weighed about 4000 lbs. or at least that’s what it felt like after a day of carrying it around my neck.”
  • “I wanted something smaller and less intimidating.”
  • The GX85 “is a beast.”
  • “What these cameras are capable of for under $1000 is incredible.”
  • “These cameras are physically small enough that I don’t feel physically drained at the end of a long shoot. Like I just ran an entire marathon carrying a freaking anvil.”
  • Lumix 42.5 F/1.7 “is super sharp wide open and the bokeh is just dreamy.”
  • “Those are some seriously juicy bokehballs right there.”
  • “Someone just dropped a big ass rock.”
  • “I can walk around with a tiny camera, with a tiny lens and people think it’s just a tiny camera taking tiny photos.”
  • “But what they don’t realize is that the photos are huge!”
  • ‘It’s so fun to walk around with a tiny camera and makes me just enjoy the process and that’s what it’s all about.”
  • “The GX85 is one of the most underrated cameras out there.”
  • “Switching from full frame to MFT has gotten me back in the groove of taking more photos beyond phone snapshots.”
  • “The size, quality, price, and perception of MFT cameras is so enticing and I’m actually enjoying the process of photography again.”
  • “Having fun and being present with the journey is ultra important.”
  • “I’m no longer dreading the impending wrath of holding a 400 lb DSLR for 100 hours.”

So there you have it. Not only do Ben and I wear the same glasses, but we both have a talent for coming up with “crazy ass” quotes. I like this kid. This just might be me in another life. Can’t wait.

 

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