Small camcorders and old leica
At december 2012 my girlfriend gifted to me a small Jvc Everio Camcorder.
Since then, I never left it at home.
I have one or more camera ever with me (sometimes too many cameras), but the small Everio give me the possibility to document a lot of things otherwise would be left.
It is the same dimension of a Leica III, but it take several hours of HD video, and really good photos at 2mpx. The resolution of the photos obviously is absolutely too low for serious photography, but is good for documentation. Usually i bring with me at least a digital point and shoot for documentation, photocopy and so on, and a film rangefinder or a small reflex like the OM2 for serious photos. I simply can not waste film for documentation photos, so I need both.
The small Everio is a great substitute for the digital P&S, but it takes great videos too, so since then I has been able to take great videos simply when a great black and white photo would not be sufficient to describe the event anyway.
I like to think that the first leica had the same potentialyty. Before HCB it was simply a great tool to take beautiful photos to describe events, also without necessarly to print large beautiful prints of the shot.
The wartime shots of Tony Vaccaro or Hugo Jaeger are great documents, and often great photos too, and they has been shooted only whit an old leica and an Argus C3. At that time, when cameras was rare, being in the right place with a camera of any kind was most important than the optical quality of lens.
Maybe, 50 years from now, someone will look to everiday short movies taken with small practical camcorder like my Everio in the same way. Ordinary short movies of events, street and so on will be important.
I like to think that HCB could have approved the use of it, because it is simply another way to capture decisive moments, and I am sure that also my beloved idol Kubrick would have appreciate it. Whit a little toy like that when he was a simple photographer for LIFE he would have done marvellous works.
The great Maitani also would have appreciated someting like that. If the best camera is the one you have with you, it should be so also for camcorders.
Beside of that, there are not so many website of forum about small camcorder lovers, and it seems that I am the only person within my friends that bring it with him at any time.
I know, sometimes it could distract me from taking good photos, but I think I learned to understand when is the right moment to take photos and when otherwise is necessary to film a situation to describe it.
So, what do you think of this approach?
Do you use any camcorder to film your quotidianity?