Deciding what camera to buy comes down to a really simple question: What equipment makes getting your shot easiest and with the highest degree of reliability? At the end of the day nothing else matters very much.
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Sometimes when we are reseaching camera gear we get caught up in analyzing specifications. We look at sensor test data. We read and re-read formal camera reviews. We pixel peep sample images. We ask friends and associates about their experiences. And often… we forget what is important.
Basically we get overwhelmed with issues that are irrelevant until we define what ‘getting your shot’ means to us specifically.
Recently I had the opportunity to observe an interaction between two photographers. The first photographer was explaining in great detail what he loved about his Sony RX-10 IV, and how it enabled him to get the type of bird photographs that he loved.
The second photographer feigned interest as he cradled his ‘big gun’ full frame gear in the crook of his elbow.
Funny thing is that both photographers had made the right decision in terms of their camera gear purchases. Even though they were out photographing the same birds, at the same location, at the same time. How they individually defined ‘getting your shot’ was very different of course.
The first photographer’s priorities were about portability and fast autofocusing frame rates. His main interest was in capturing unique wing positions of birds-in-flight.
Getting your shot to the second photographer meant consistently shooting in low light situations with accurate autofocus.
As often stated here, there is no such thing as a perfect camera. Everything photographic comes with some kind of trade-off. The best camera for each of us is the one that makes ‘getting your shot’ easy and reliable.
The hockey legend Wayne Gretzky had a wonderful quote that photographers should keep in mind when deciding on camera gear, “You miss all of the shots you don’t take.”
What does ‘getting your shot’ mean to you? How many photographic opportunities are you missing with your equipment? What would your camera gear need to do to make ‘getting your shot’ easier and more reliable?
The brand and model of camera doesn’t matter. Sensor size doesn’t matter. All that matters is getting your shot and using the equipment that best allows you to do that.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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