What Happened To Turn Your Really Great Camera Into A Piece Of Crap – in your mind?
Actually more than likely not a darn thing
Before I even get started I shall admit to everyone that I too am a part of the problem and that there truly is a problem. Guilty. Myself and many others always want the shiniest and most advanced products being offered and can easily justify why they have to drop big bucks in order to be “ahead of the curve” what ever that curve may be,
I certainly understand why we all tend to think that newer is better. I understand that technological advances in camera sensors and computer technology in the cameras can make differences in performance, but I have to question just how much of a difference makes a difference in the overall photography that the majority of us do.
Just to be clear, I am not against purchasing the latest and greatest and I have friends who do just that. Perhaps if was still making 16×20 or larger prints like they do, which I used to do often, I would be overjoyed at owning a very high megapixel camera that would allow pulling details from a file for such larger prints much less painful. Perhaps if my personal images were very poorly shot (and they are not) and I needed to do major cropping and tonal corrections I would find higher megapixel a benefit. Or maybe I would need an incredibly high frame rate if I was a sports photographer or wildlife photographer or a photo journalist desiring to capture the most decisive moment of the action in the scene. This all speaks to very specific needs and to fulfill those important needs in many cases the technology advances in cameras for some are a must.
But for the majority of people involved in photography either as a profession or a hobby or for simply recording everyday moments of their lives it is my personal opinion that most technology is of no benefit to the final image and will not make a significant difference. That goes for all kinds of imaging devices whether they be a dSlr, mirrorless, compact, or phone. Perhaps one point of clarity is that the better the glass in front of the sensor the better the imaging sensor will be able to produce a more refined image.
I wrote above that I was guilty. In the past, but not anymore I was one of the great many people that had to have the newest and the greatest. It cost me and others a lot of money to keep up with the technology and perhaps when digital cameras first appeared as a consumer item there was a reason for that. I think the same was also true when it came to owning the latest and greatest computers. The more power the better. 🙂
So how did I get to the point of writing this blog article? I have reached a nice stage of life where what I own I consider sufficient to do the things photographically that i want to accomplish whether that be printing large, enhancing an image, or stopping action as it happens. Today I went for neighborhood walk. I strapped on my Cosyspeed Streetwalker plus + camera bag which hold my small Fuji Xt1 with an 18-55 zoom attached and a prime lens next to it, a couple of cards and a couple of batteries and my iPhone 6 plus. After walking a couple miles with one of my best friends, my Jack Russel named Ginger, and having shot about twenty images I uploaded the SD card to my computer and processed some of those images. I can honestly say that I am not able to see where these images are any better or worse than what I could shoot with my 24mp sensor camera (Fuji X pro 2).
I have three cameras that I work with. A Fuji X100s fixed lens camera (actually given to me recently), a 2014 Fuji Xt1 (16mp) and a Fuji X pro 2 (24mp) If there is a question in your mind as to why I kept the 16mp Xt-1 after buying the more advanced Fuji X pro 2 it was to have a back up body available should something go wrong with the Fuji X pro 2. Having a back up camera has been one of my “things” for as long as i can remember, and in this case also led me writing this article. There are megapixel as well as structural differences between the X Pro 2 and the Xt1 and the one that is most important to me is the articulating monitor on the Xt1 which was a feature left off of the X pro 2.
Had the X pro 2 never been introduced with the 24mp sensor I would not have missed it. Knowing what I know today, for my shooting and processing purposes i would have not traded up to the X Pro 2. I love the X pro 2 and hindsight is just that. The X Pro 2 remains my primary camera because I own it and the XT1 has actually resurfaced as a primary camera as well because it is terrific.
But what you have to think about before putting down big bucks for an updated camera body is whether or not it is necessary for your photography pursuits. If it just to make you feel all warm inside of having the latest and greatest then take a deep breath before performing the act. Maybe you would be better off with a better optic, a more advanced electronic flash unit, or maybe putting the cash towards a terrific photography workshop. If it not going to truly enhance your photography because it is more technically advanced then you probably can do without it.