It's been almost 2 years since I had my M6 as my main shooter. Learned and matured a lot with my previous manual cameras. When I was starting into film photography, I believed that the best way to learn is to go full manual and get the least assistance from the automated stuff the camera has. So I went on and switched all my film cams to manual, bought a handheld light meter and went on to learn how to photograph. It was quite a journey and it did nothing but to sharpen the knife.
But as I develop my style I started to care more about getting the photo asap. I was done figuring out the exposure triangle and which one I'll be adjusting. I pretty much have my own street workflow~ take a general reading, set my exposure and shoot. Any changes in light, I just adjust my aperture and leave my shutter speed to 250-500. But still, there are times that it would take me extra seconds to figure out what to do and at times, I even end up messing my exposure. In the end, I miss shots after shots.
I don't want to miss my shots again
Realizing the importance of getting the shot over everything else, I opted to get cameras with aperture priority thus having the R2a, Om4ti. That changed the ball game for me. I minimized the missed shots and was able to focus on taking the images I wanted.
Full manual vs Aperture priority?
Well, it was easy. Easy if you, like me, took time to understand how to work with a full manual camera. Once you've nailed it, aperture priority becomes a powerful tool. Go and understand the exposure triangle and you'll know what I mean.
Because of the changes in the way I shoot, my style and my philosophy in general, the M6 gets less and less action while my R2a and Om4ti are owning the stage, I decided It was time for me to let go of my M6. I traded my M6 for something I lusted for quite a while now, the Contax G1 plus a couple of lenses to go. Aperture priority and autofocus beast paired with either a 45mm f2 or a 28mm f2.8.
I've yet to use this as I'm still finishing up the last shots from my Bessa and Oly, after that, I'll knock a few rolls on the G1 and definitely update you guys on the results!
Hope it fits my style well and see you in the streets!
By the way, before we hit the street, I'm introducing this new section on my blog which I would call Journal. As the name states, I'd be writing a much relaxed, laid back and spontaneous spurts of my brain with regards street photography and photography in general. Let me know what you think, and stay tuned!