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| p.1 #17 · Overcoming gear nostalgia? |
Unless you have unlimited funds, to keep everything, this will always happen. Every piece of photographic equipment has something unique and special.
Nostalgia is great. I do agree though, as technology advances some of the "thinking" is taken out of it.
When I first purchased my 1Ds3 back in 2008 I was at first a bit underwhelmed. It was (I thought) very overpriced compared to the 1D3 (i.e. twice the price for a slightly bigger sensor) but it has grown on me over the years.
I like the fact it isn't that sophisticated, I find that easier when I'm rushing, there are fewer things to worry about, fewer buttons to press.
I recently bought a 5D3 and it is just so complex, it's a clear generation or two on from the 1Ds3 and it's a superb camera but I don't think I'll ever...Show more →
Mike, Robby & dhphoto, i think that actually nails a big part of it - there's an elegant simplicity to the 1Ds3. Though it lacks many modern features & has a useless screen/buffer, it's still fully capable of producing top-notch results when utilized properly.. Now that I think about it, part of my nostalgia probably stems from not having the same sense of accomplishment when reviewing photos from 1DX sessions as I did when going 1Ds3 sessions.. sounds stupid, but it makes sense haha.
Other then the superior AF point illumination in my 1D4 I don't really think I miss anything about past camera bodies I've owned. I went from a 10D to 1D2 because I was doing more and more sports and wanted higher FPS and faster AF tracking. Went from the 1D2 to 1D4 for superior high ISO performance because I was doing a lot of indoor sports. Finally to a 1DX because I wanted FF and the newer AF and better high ISO. I was looking at my archive last night searching for a past cheerleader who is now a Marketing...Show more →
I don't have to tell you that the 1DX is a camera geared for fast action photography and it really excels as such. As you have discovered, the camera lends itself very well under more controlled conditions but it seems to be an overkill at one hand but missing something at the other, doesn't it? As good as it is, but it is more a niched tool and we definitely is anxiously awaiting for the 1DXs or whatever Canon will be calling that, which is more designed more to be a landscape and studio photographers but with a slower...Show more →
Gregory - I'm with you in that I only miss the AF point illumination design in the former 1-series bodies but I envy your lack of nostalgia haha. Joshua, the 1DX is really just an excellent tool - given that I don't shoot for billboards currently, the 1DX has enough resolution for everything I do & it really covers action spectacularly well. Definitely think I made the right call by selling my 1Ds3 for a somewhat decent price & I kept my 1D4 to use with superteles in the future. I don't think I'll be buying a new camera in a long time (unless I get another amazing deal haha)
Call it nostalgia or call it economic prudence........a pro photographer might be in the economic position to constantly acquire new gear and this can be justified by results; but I suspect most amateurs (and pros from what I see) are a long way from getting the most from their current gear.
To think otherwise probably means they have succumbed to the constant advertising of the manufacturers and the subliminal messages on boards like this.....all harping on one theme...'if you want to improve you must spend more money...'
Anthony - For a while, I was a huge advocate of not-upgrading after the 5D3 & 1Dx started trickling out, for the simple fact that I knew the upgrade wouldn't directly result in increasing my profits. It's a fact that my clients have NEVER once complained about image quality or "noise" - even going back to when I first started doing small restaurant shoots with a lowly 40D & crappy constant lights rigged to umbrellas. However, after I made the choice to switch up my shooting style by using a 24-70mkII instead of multiple primes for my general event coverage assignments, the 1Ds3 definitely started showing its weaknesses..
I definitely agree that most photographers don't get everything out of their gear & are partially victims of marketing, but in my case I'm very happy I made the jump. As I continue to get busier in the future (hopefully), my focus is squarely on improving my efficiency & continuing to make my tasks easier where possible - the 1DX has helped with that for sure.
Kevin -- Yes, there are always good things about the earlier cameras, aren't there?
I recently re-tried 35mm film, reacquiring old cameras I have owned (AE-1 Program and T90), plus newer ones I'd never invested in (EOS 1N). No regrets here for having giving up on film! But the cameras are nice, and bring back pleasant memories of simpler times.
I miss the feel and sound of the Nikon D1X and its 1/16,000 shutter speed. But the other aspects were out of the Flintstones.
Less antique, I've kept one 1D mark II, because of its quality and convenience when shooting smaller...Show more →
Great way to end it Jim, I've been "coping" simply by reminding myself that I've been privileged enough to have mastered the different equipment I've used in the past & that I'm privileged to have an improved near-perfect camera to depend on now =)