I've lusted after so many cameras I've lost count!

Leica M6 2022
(Image credit: Leica)

Technology may well be a significant driving force in a camera, but so is aspiration. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard something along the lines of, “I’m shooting with a [insert model number], but what I’d really like is [insert another model that’s undoubtedly better than the first]“. 

I recently came across a little notebook from my teenage years when I was shooting with a Fujica ST605 35mm SLR and, apparently, what I was really yearning for back then was the ST901, launched in 1974 and the Fujica flagship at the time (plus there was a long wish list of lenses). 

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.