I have written many times about not trusting what others say about how good you are. So many photographers have been suckered into starting a business as friends and family tell them how good they are and really they have no true understanding about what it takes to succeed in running a business. Just the other day I saw a post by a well meaning person telling someone to change careers and become a photographer by under cutting other photographers and offering the same services just at lower rates, a perfect way to fail!
Well there is one more camera that is keeping me company as I type this. Yes the 70D’s still are my work horses for so much but late last year I picked up a Canon 5D Mark IV. Why? Who knows 😉
I wanted a full frame camera for a lot of reasons and I said if the 5 came out with the right amount of pixels I would get one. Well it came out with what I thought was enough pixels and a good ISO range so I got one. I do like it for many things, it is teamed up with my wide angle and smaller telephotos and I like what it can do for those lenses.
Am I going to continue to update? Not sure. What comes out next is going to have to have a lot of updates over what I have now. I am not currently interested in video so that will not move me to something new. Will have to wait and see 🙂
The past 32 years have seen a number of cameras come and go at my studio, if I could do anything differently I would have liked to have more lenses. The cameras at the time were what I needed to do the work that I was doing. When I look back the one thing that I see is that some of the work I did during the early days needed bigger lenses or faster lenses, it worked but it could have worked so much better with more and better glass!
Well the 40D’s were very impressive, so much so that I still have one today. I may sell it off someday but it is still doing what I want it for so I am happy to keep it around.
When Canon came out with the 50D I was not happy, nothing that I saw said this is worth upgrading to. When they came out with the 60D I was sad as it was in my opinion a step backwards. So I stuck with the 40D’s. Then Canon brought out the 70D and I could not help but switch. There were so many updates that I was VERY happy. Sold all the 40D’s but one. Bought a bunch of 70D’s and was very happy.
AS I type this I am surrounded my 70D’s. One is dedicated to my 150-600 lens and does a great job. They all have the extended grip and dual batteries. I can say that at this time I do not see an update happening with what is on the market.
The Canon 20D was a good camera, it was an improvement on the Fuji S1 & S2 and I was happy. Well I was happy for a while, Canon came out with the 30D and I saw a few benefits but overall I was not impressed enough to upgrade. I wanted to switch to one of Canon’s more advanced cameras but I was having a hard time justifying the expense so I held on to the 20D.
Then came the 40D!!!!! Honestly this was the first digital camera that I thought was worth the money. Quality was really good, the camera was built like it was made by a photographer and I was happy to switch. This was also the first switch that I was so impressed that I sold off EVERYTHING else and bought several 40D’s so all my cameras were the same. I also finally sold off my Pentax 645 that I could not bring myself to sell off before this. This marked the cutting of my final ties to film
If digital photography would have stopped at this point I would have been a happy
camper… sorry photographer 🙂
This is something I hear from many photographers and it is usually related to dealing with all the digital files that are on a camera card. It seems like these things multiply like rabbits, you go out to shoot a few pictures today a few tomorrow and a few the next day then when you have a minute you sit down at the computer and WOW are there a lot of files.
As many of you know I design web sites mainly for myself and a few clients that have become friends, but doing this has given me the chance to see the bad side of web design and hosting! Just in the past couple of weeks I have been contacted by people that have had huge issues with their web sites so I thought that I would do a post about what to watch out for so you do not get stuck or worse….. (PS – no I will not design your site for you either as a friend or a client, I have enough on my plate)