The Camera

"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera."

Edward Steichen

The best camera is the one which allows you to capture the photograph you want to take.


A camera is comprised of a body and a lens.

The body contains the analog film or digital sensor (ISO), and a curtain (Shutter-Speed) which controls how long our film/sensor is being exposed to light.

The lens controls the strength of the light (Aperture) passing through the lens barrel AND clear optical elements determine our angle-of-view (Focal Length).

The lens can be permanently attached to the camera or they can be interchangeable. Also, the elements can be fixed in one position (prime) or they can move (zoom).


With a smartphone, the body and lens are combined into one convenient package and they have become the dominant way people take photographs.

Practically EVERYONE has a smartphone and all they have to do is point and press a button. Smartphones are a great snapshot camera and in an instant, we can share it with family, friends and the world.

Although current technology is still limited, their base capabilities continue to improve all the time. To go beyond the simple default settings, we can employ everything from external lens attachments and tripods, to a whole plethora of third-party apps, giving us that extra measure of control.


The interchangeable system is designed for more hands-on control and is for the person who wants to take things further. We can be in full-manual or partial automatic, whichever we choose.  

Here, the body and lens are separate from each other, offering far greater versatility and photo opportunities, both now and for the future.

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