The Desert Island albums question is a favorite for many podcasts, with the premise altered slightly for the industry in question. So let's see what the answer is for our readers.
Desert Island Discs was a radio show, now podcast, by BBC Radio 4 and has been running since the 1940s. The original question pitched to the interviewee was if you were stuck on a desert island, what eight recordings (usually music), book, and luxury item would you take with you? The premise isn't designed to make you think logistically or to try to outsmart the question, rather distill your music, books, and luxury items down to the bare minimum.
This format has then been slightly re-imagined by all sorts of disciplines and industries in which the question becomes relevant to particular fields. For example: If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have three instruments, which would you pick? Well, for us photographers and videographers, I think it'll be interesting to see which camera body and lens you would go for. Remember, do not bog yourself down in logistics or overthinking. Imagine you have all the capabilities to edit, develop, and view your images, and you're not short of subjects, for simplicity's sake.
Share your choice in the comment section below.
My Top Three Choices
It's a difficult question, but one I think I have the answer to. However, to get our juices flowing, I'm going to pick my top three combinations that I would be choosing from and why.
1. Thinking With My Heart: Fujifilm GFX 100 and 110mm f/2
Early last year, when I was at Fujikina for the launch, I was blown away by this body. It's big and heavy and not quite as pretty as some bodies, but it can do so very much. The resolution is staggering, and when paired with the 110mm f/2, I just couldn't take a bad image. Even using the GFX 100's predecessor, the GFX 50R with this 110mm f/2, I was beside myself with glee every time I took a shot. With the IBIS of the GFX 100, the ridiculous resolution, and that delectable piece of glass, I doubt I'd ever grow tired of the two. That said, picking a prime to go with any body when stuck on a desert island is a bold and potentially stupid move.
2. Thinking With My Head: Sony a7R IV and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8
3. Thinking Outside the Box: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and Olympus 12-45mm f/4
If I could put the Olympus functions in the GFX 100, I'd starve to death on that island a happy man (I don't foresee myself being a particularly proficient hunter.)
What Is Your Desert Island Camera Body and Lens Combination?
It's hard not to delve a little too deep into this question. While I wanted to keep my thought process fairly linear — what's my favorite camera body and lens combination — you do have to factor a few elements in. For example, a key consideration for me was longevity. Not so much with shutter life, as I've allowed for unlimited of that, but rather with using the kit day in day out. It's easy to become bored with your current equipment, which can often lead to a sense of handedness, and that's the true enemy I feel. I want a combination that will continue to inspire creativity. The question is whether that is derived from flexibility of genre and technique or from a pairing that suits my creative tastes, and I'm honestly not sure of the answer.
So now, we move over to you. What combination would you choose and why? Share them in the comment section below.