Monday, January 14, 2013
I'm Still Shooting With an Original 5D
As a rule, I'm not an overly judgmental person but I will say this, as judgmental as it sounds: If most of your world of photography revolves around gear, i.e., the latest cameras, lenses, lights, software and more, it's a very small and sterile photographic world you live in.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not looking down on the gear we all use to do this thing we do. And keeping abreast of what's going with gear -- what's new and different, what will help you become a more efficient and productive photographer -- is important. But if all you mostly know about (or care about) is the latest equipment coming onto the market and you're less interested in the creative aesthetics of photography and how to achieve those aesthetics, you're going to be, or mostly remain, a fairly sterile photographer in terms of the creatively satisfying output of your camera.
I bought a Canon EOS 5D when it was first released. At the time, I think it cost somewhere around $3500 or $3600 with tax. I did so because it was the first Canon camera with a full-frame sensor that I could more easily afford. If I remember correctly, that was in 2006. Guess what? It's 6 years later and I'm still shooting with that same Canon 5D. Why? Because the subsequent, next-gen, Canon cameras won't make me a better photographer and they won't improve the output of my camera in the ways that truly matter to me. Because of that, I haven't seen why I should have spent the money to upgrade. In other words, if it ain't broken, don't fix it or replace it. I don't consider the aesthetics of what I produce to be broken. More importantly, my clients don't see it that way either. So why should I fix it or replace by upgrading?
That's not to say that, since purchasing my 5D, I haven't purchased any other gear. I have. I've purchased glass, lights, grip, and more. But a camera body? Nope. No reason to do so. And until my 5D decides to stop working (It has hundreds of thousands of shutter actuations on it) I'm not going to upgrade it. When it does quit on me, I'll probably have it fixed and relegate it to a backup. At that time, I will possibly purchase one of the next-gen 5Ds. Or, maybe not. I might simply purchase another original 5D, a much newer one or a brand new one (if I can find one) from some seller's old stock because, frankly, for me, the Canon 5D gets the job done. I'm not being negative on the newer camera bodies but, honestly, there's not a thing those next-gen Canon camera bodies (like the Mk II or Mk III) do that I truly need a camera body to do for the kind of work I perform. Not a freaking thing.
The pretty girl at the top is one I snapped a couple of weeks ago during one of my "shoot 5 girls in 25 minutes" sessions. You can click the pic to enlarge it if you're so inclined.