Love The One (Camera) You’re With

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

“don’t be angry – don’t be sad, don’t sit crying over good times you’ve had…”—Stephen Stills

One of the things that I’ve been trying to do with all new blog posts is to provide you with information about how I made a specific image. I put it all in a section called, “how I made this shot.” And when doing that it sometimes prompts e-mail asking the same question, so rather than include it in the FAQ, I thought I’d address it in today’s post. That question is: “Why are you using such old equipment?” OK, here goes:

  • The first and most important reason that I’m using cameras like my Canon EOS 60D, instead of the newer EOS 80D, for example, is that I can’t afford to purchase new gear right now. As mentioned before, I’m not employed, sponsored nor part of any camera or lens company’s ambassador programs. Consequently I have to pay for my cameras—just like you. Nobody gives me free equipment to write nice things about their cameras or lenses.
  • Secondly, I don’t think purchasing new gear will make much difference in the kind of photography that I do. Maybe I’m wrong.
  • Thirdly,  most people ask this question when I write about Canon EOS equipment. Here’s what happening: I’m gradually selling some of my Canon gear to focus more on my Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four-thirds cameras. Next question: Am I going purchase an Olympus E-M1X? I would love to own one of these impressive cameras. It’s amazingly capable and fits into my existing system but, as I explained on my car blog, I can’t afford it at this time. And I don’t expect Olympus to lower the $2999.99 price tag any time soon or have the E-M1X appear on their refurb page at a price I can afford, anyway.

As I wrote this, I got news that Olympus has discontinued my beloved Pen F. This announcement comes hot on the heels that the Olympus refurb page, where I purchased my Pen F, was selling them for $100 more than what I paid. I don’t care if the Pen F is being discontinued for the same reason that I don’t care that my Leica M6 or Hasselblad XPan are now longer being made. I love shooting and owning those cameras too. I wish I could say the same about my Canon EOS cameras but the truth is that they no longer “spark joy.

PS: All of the above is also true for the Canon EF and EF-S lenses that I own as well. More and more as I write the “How I made this shot” sections of these blog posts when mentioning images made with Canon EOS equipment, I find my self saying “this discontinued blah-blah lens.” Yet the lenses continue to work, just fine.

How I made the top photo: Please drag your mouse over the photo. Surprise!

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