With all the talk out there from Nikon, Canon and Sony about high resolution and high quality, high ISO performance it’s easy to get caught up in the race to buy new equipment. There have been countless times that I’ve wondered if I should upgrade my 5D to the 5D mkII or the D700, that’s actually what spurred this article. So with that in mind I wanted to take a step back from the constant push to upgrade cameras and always have the newest and the best to see what I’m really missing.
To me before you upgrade any equipment you own you should be asking yourself alot of questions. For me these three have been a good starting point, they make the decision less about want and more about need.
- What shot will this new camera get me that my current one won’t?
- Will X or Y feature lead to more sales or more assignments?
- WIll I take more photos because of it?
But looking at the forums on the internet I see lots of people asking about upgrading their cameras thinking that and that alone lead to better pictures. Looking at my purchases and really asking what has made me better at photography I can honestly say it’s not the camera I’m using now or the camera I was using before. Some lenses have made my shots better, and on occasion I’ve gotten the shot because my lens was fast or my camera nailed the exposure. But those are the rare cases, with modern cameras you can count on your hands the occasions you’ve had where you’ve needed a 1Ds or D3 vs the camera you already own. All current DSLR’s are great at taking photos, you don’t get a huge advantage with one camera body over another for most shots.
I know there are pros and some amateurs out there shooting things where these cameras are necessary, I don’t doubt the uses of these cameras, I just doubt them in the context of every day shooting. Can you honestly tell me that you need to upgrade your perfectly good X or Y DSLR to a new high powered one to shoot the family portrait or the candid of your kids, the evening sunset? I didn’t think so, it just does not make sense to be spending thousands on cameras for use cases where hundreds can do just as well.
Back to the title of this article, is the Canon 5D still good enough in today’s world of the 5D MkII and the numerous other cameras in this category? As a whole I’d say yeah the Canon 5D is just as good of a camera today as it was when it was released 5 years ago. It still shoots pictures just as well as it did then and conceivably will for the next 5 years. So unless you absolutely have to have the latest and greatest, or a specific feature that your camera is missing put it off.
Rather then spending your money spend your time, invest in the time to take the pictures you have always hoped to take, invest in photographic education, in a vacation to take more photos. Do anything you can do to get out and actually take the pictures you’ve always dreamed of taking and don’t let your equipment slow you down.
What do you think? Is it possible to keep up in a photography world that is dictated by the latest and greatest with a 5 year old camera tell us what you think in the comments.
Top 5D image courtesy of nickwheeleroz