I was curious about which of my cameras I actually shoot with the most, so I decided to look through all my albums on this site (currently 113 in total) and make a tally of which camera each one was shot with. And here, for the benefit of no one in particular, but for my own amusement, are my findings.
Ok, so below is the popularity ranking of my shooters, listed from least used to most frequently used.
10th place, with only 1 album each, is a tie between the Pentax SF7 and the Pentax Program A. The Program A album is of scanned negatives I found from 20 years ago – the camera itself is long gone, unfortunately. The SF7 is a fairly recent acquisition, and it’s really nothing to get too excited about, but the album I made with it (‘Honey, I shrunk the ’hood!’) was quite popular on here, and I will probably shoot with it again at some stage.
9th place, with a measly 2 albums each, is tied by five cameras: the Konstruktor (which I love and can’t wait to shoot with again), the Sprocket Rocket (which I can’t really seem to work up much enthusiasm for since discovering that I can do exposed-sprocket 35mm films with my Belair), the Canon Canonet (which is also a recent acquisition and will no doubt see action again soon), the Yashica Mat (a lovely TLR that I borrowed from a colleague but have since given back) and the Nikon FA (a great SLR that I’d love to shoot with again, but its lightmeter is dead and the ISO dial is jammed — a real pity).
8th place, with 3 albums, goes to the Pentax ME Super — a truly super little SLR that I got very cheap from a charity store and will absolutely most definitely be using again.
7th place, with 4 albums, goes to the Lubitel 166B, which I haven’t used for a long time, but will most likely blow the dust off of and use again whenever I get the urge for a TLR album.
6th place, with 5 and a half albums (one album was shared with Horizon Perfekt shots), goes to the Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter — a camera I didn’t like much at first but one that’s steadily gaining a favoured spot in my heart.
5th place, with a not inconsiderable 12 albums, is held by my Nikon F50 — a fairly unsophisticated but much-cherished SLR that I’ve owned since about 1996 and was my faithful travelling companion on trips to Vietnam, Borneo and Yemen in the 90s. I still love it today, even though I’ve ‘traded up’ to a better Nikon since then (see position 3 below).
4th place, having racked up 13 and a half albums, goes to the Horizon Perfekt. Well, what can I say about this camera that you don’t already know? It’s frickin’ perfect in every way! I simply adore this beauty, and it never fails me. Many more albums to come with this one – guaranteed.
3rd place, with 14 albums, goes to the Nikon F100 that I bought just a year ago. This is the most ‘professional’ camera I own, and it won my heart over from day one. When I need careful control of every conceivable setting and want guaranteed results, this is the baby I turn to. Hey, it’s a Nikon — a damned good one!
2nd place, earned by grace of having given me 17 albums, is proudly held by my Pentax P50. Don’t be fooled by this uncomplicated SLR’s humble looks — it’s a robust, totally dependable and incredibly versatile workhorse of a camera, especially with that Takumar 28-80mm zoom lens on it. I’ve had this one for over 20 years, but only really started to use it regularly since joining the Lomography community just under three years ago. I’m so glad I didn’t chuck this thing out when I abandoned photography for 10 years (I know — what was I thinking…?!?), because it has become my ‘go to’ camera for 35mm photography generally, and especially for experimental stuff with filters and masks.
1st place, and deservedly so for having given me 24 albums, goes to the Diana F+. Well, it pretty much had to be either a Diana or an LC-A, right? But since I don’t own an LC-A (yet, anyways!), it’s no big surprise that I do most of my shooting with the Lomo lo-fi classic that is the Diana F+. She’s the beauty that got me into Lomography in the first place (and back into photography generally, after the 10-year break I mentioned earlier), as I fell head over heels in love with the ‘El Toro’ edition that I stumbled upon in the Lomography embassy store in London, in March, 2011. To be honest, there are only a handful of those 24 albums that I’m actually happy with, but that’s not a bad thing: it just means I get to shoot even more with this camera, to really learn how to get the best out of her — and that’s a challenge I’m not at all unhappy about taking on…! :-)
Well, good folks, that’s the story so far. I’m sure you learned absolutely nothing from this scientifically rigorous yet completely pointless statistical exercise, but it gave me something to do, and I enjoyed doing it! Maybe if you’re ever really bored and have some time to kill, you might want to go through your own albums and see if what you thought was your most-frequently used camera actually is. And then tell me about it, please — I get bored really easily and will read anything ;-)
Thanks for your time…!
Love & bullets,