Today has been a day of details, one thing after another to work out for the BCS game, thankfully everything is rolling along fine! Sneaky way to bring up the subject, but let’s talk about cameras. As I have shared before I’m working on what I hope to be the near perfect system for the next bunch of years of shooting. I truly believe that we have entered the best age of digital technology yet. Well of course, since things keep getting better but we are hitting the really sweet spot, and I think this is the time to build a system for the future.
Here are a few of my thoughts;
1. If you ever owned a 4X5 or 8X10 view camera and you want to get that kind of amazing detail, the D800 or D800e is the ticket in today’s DSLRs. I think of my D800 (o.k. Nikon’s D8700!!!) as the go to camera when the ultimate in detail and resolution is the goal. When used just like a view camera, on a solid tripod with a cable release and very careful technique the results can be utterly amazing. The shot above was made on our Red Rock Workshops in Lower Antelope Canyon with the D800 and the 24-120 AF-S VR. This kind of file could be made into a print of just about any size you needed! So camera number one in my future system, the D800.
2. The everyday shoot almost anything camera, should be a little more compact, have plenty of resolution and shoot great in extremely low light. Sticking with the system I use, Nikon, the D600 is a perfect fit! It’s 24.3 mega pixels is a lot and still allows great low light shooting. The feel and operation of the D600 has become one of my two favorite cameras for ergonomics. When I ho out the door for normal shooting the D600 has become a constant companion! So number two on my list will be a D600.
3. I believe that it is a great idea to have a DX body just to stretch your lenses and for travel when weight is really important. For years I’ve loved the D7000 and I can’t see any reason not to go that route, assuming nothing comes along to change my mind it is number three, the D7000!
4. Finally I think everyone needs a camera for when they just don’t feel like carrying around a DSLR and some lenses, but still want to be able to make really wonderful images. This is a tough one because so many great choices exist and more than any other kinds of cameras, how you work and what you want in the feel and weight of a compact camera will be a great influence on your choice here. Because I get to use a lot of different compact cameras, I’m stilling trying to decide on this one, but the leading candidates are the Nikon Coolpix P7700, Coolpix P7100 and the Fuji X10. Each has it’s own charms, and any of them can make wonderful images!!!!
So there it is, what I think will be my shooting partners for years to come! * Of Course I reserve the right to change anything as new cameras appear, but they will be hard pressed to beat these list above.
Tomorrow will be Media Day at the stadium and we may finally make images that relate to football!
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