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Ralph Conway wrote:
So you just used a couple of bodies of the best stuff available in IQ. And two broke during the trip. 70-200 2.8 L imo was not necessary. 4.0 would have done the same job. A 24 L would not have been necessary, too. You might have taken the same pictures with a 24-105, right? And instead of the 5D IIs 30 and 40Ds would have been enough (when we shoot perfect, we do not need crop freedom).
Do not misunderstand me. I love your pictures. What you see and capture is extraordinary.
But you shot with the best equipment available and you tell others they do not need, because they can shoot the same with any stuff. I am sure, you can do fantastic pictures with any stuff. Like I did (60D - one step behind your D10) for years (90% of the portraits on my website where done with it and an Sigma 105).
But when my old gear broke after 3,5 years in 2005 and a 350D gave my for same amount of repair better IQ, AF, higher resolution and fps, I was flashed and bought THAT!
I exchanged it for a 30D and that for a 50D and that again for a 5D MK II.
Cause 1: better to best IQ in higher ISO
Cause II: resolution that was good enough for A1 fashion posters
Cause III: 350D was to small for my hands
Cause IV: It became difficult to charge my customers 500 a shooting or 1000 a day using the same 350D, they presented their wifes for christmas
Great gear does not make better photographers. Better gear of course gives great photographers more freedom and opportunities. Why else you work with 5D IIs?
On your blog you say you do not shoot more than 25 weddings a year starting at 4.500.
You really want to tell me that you will not have one of the first 1D Xs available. They are perfect for weddings.
The difference is,
I make money from my work. I run a full time business and can afford to buy any piece of equipment I desire.
I need high ISO and fast lenses because I shoot weddings in dark places.
Chances are, I can probably shoot with my 5DIIs for many more years without upgrading.
However, THE ONLY equipment I own are:
2 5DII bodies, 70-200L and 24L +2 flashes
Me: 1 5D MK II, 100 2.8 L, 50mm 1.4, one flash (and a 35-135 3.5-5.6 I purchased at ebay).
I can not afford any peace of equipment. And I think I do not need any. A 1D X, a 70-300 L and a 24-105 would be great.
That's why it was taken to Africa.Not because it was the best gear for the job.
Additionally, 70-200L @F4 is not the same. My 70-200 never seen anything past 2.8. 24L sees f4 only during group shots.
My 70-200 4.0 was enough for me. It very seldom saw a lower opening than 4.0 (if the border of 8000th forced me). I think it would have served you very good, too.
I jumped from 40D to 5DII and it was a really good choice
Yes, it was. I jumped up from 50D. It was good, too. There was nothing better on the market. That might change within some weeks. Why not jumping up a further step, than?
Cause IV: It became difficult to charge my customers 500 a shooting or 1000 a day using the same 350D, they presented their wifes for Christmas
You have to give yourself more confidence and credit.
When I had 40D, I was charging 3-6K for weddings and often guests would come in with 1DIIs and 1DIIIs. I didn't care as I knew I was the one hired for the job and I knew my images would still be better because bride and groom hired me and not them.
I don't deny the fact that 1Dx is a better camera and may give you better results in certain conditions.
I just have doubts many people would be able to take it to the full potential.
Many people have a wrong idea that cameras and lenses make a big difference. That's why you always see" what camera did you use to take that shot?" questions.
I know a number of people who've upgraded to 1DIV when it came out. I believe NOT one of them said it made them a better photographer,when I asked them. Most said they did not see any difference, even though they expected it.
You are right. I have to give myself more confidence and credit. I never earned more than $2000 for a one day job. But I am learning, too. I do not want the 1D X for my confidence. I would like to have a body that works in ISO 25K conditions and gives me great results. If any else body does it, fine. For the necessity of gear to me check my profile, please.