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| p.1 #12 · New Canon 5DmkII: to calibrate or not to calibrate? |
Ben Horne wrote:
Chances are the camera is just fine. Get out there and enjoy it rather than worrying about the the possible imperfection of your gear. Many photographers these days are so preoccupied with the absolute technical perfection of their gear that they lose sight of the important things --- such as being able to take a good photo.
I appreciate your advice! I think it's a wise thing to say, even more so when a photographer is caught up in technical details and prefers to do so instead of making actual photographs.
I do happen to think one can do both and needs to do both. As a working pro, I need my gear like a tool. I am shooting for money, also the last couple of days. I also think it's wise to get the most out of one's gear, but more importantly, it is wise to make sure the gear is something I don't need to think about, so I can focus on my assignments. To illustrate, I did a job last night where I needed my 580EXII on a stand. After not shooting for a couple of minutes, the flash turned off automatically and I needed to turn the power switch back and forth the whole night. So I need to dig in the manual to see how I can prevent this from happening the next time.
I'm a perfectionist in general, but for my business I'm a realist and get whatever gets the job done. In my case, at present, that means I didn't leap for a 5DmkIII, but ordered a used 5DmkII because I think it will get my job done easily.