I thought that relying on the excitement provided by using new gear, was somewhat making up for lack of internal discipline and motivation. They all say the camera you use doesn't really matter. Well, that's bullshit. And also true. Equally. Shortly, it doesn't matter how good the camera is (pixels, lenses, built, whatever) if it doesn't fit your needs. I have always felt pretty self-conscious going around with a camera hanging from my neck. It made me feel exposed (sorry the pun) and observed and also, more importantly, it made people react to it - not necessarily badly - but nonetheless the presence of a camera in an environment does alter the behavior of the people in that space. I didn't like it.
I didn't like the idea that my camera would disrupt the normal dynamics within a group of people. I wanted to be in stealth mode, all the time. Don't get me wrong tho. I didn't want to hide the fact that I was taking pictures, I just wanted it to be taken lightly and naturally. Size matters, apparently, and SLR (and DSRS) are quite bulky and intimidating, especially when you have to operate in small space (such a DJ booth). Smaller gear doesn't mean less quality. What you miss in pixels, assuming they even matter, one gain in freedom to move around and the ability to make people feel comfortable and forget about being photographed all together... The RICOH GR (II in my case but the III has been out for some time) literally changed the way I approach photographing people all together and gave me the freedom I needed to expand and refine my very own way of being a photographer.
Check out my RICOH GR II based Instagram : monocardo
My new project SNAP! on my YouTube channel
And some photo galleries on Fabric London's website for more RICOH GR II bonanza.