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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Hooked and Cooked

This is probably just a coincidence, but I happened to come across three remarkably similar statements from three different photographers in recent days, one of them a highly accomplished professional. Distilled to their essence, what each photographer said was, "Just one more digital camera upgrade, and I'm done."

I don't know how many people out there don't know this, but if you've been having similar thoughts, good luck on that there, bubba. Digital is great and all, but once you're on the merry-go-round, you're on it. There's never gonna be one last upgrade—for cameras any more than computers or operating systems. That ain't the land you live in now. This is the Hotel California. You're hooked, you're cooked.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

8 Comments:

Blogger david adam edelstein said...

Which is certainly true... but the 5d is definitely the first digital camera I've owned that I've felt is "enough" -- not that I won't ever need to upgrade, but that I don't feel like I should really be shooting on film to get good quality.

I expect it'll hold me for a good while, until there's a similar model with twice the pixels.

10:33 AM  
Blogger jamietie said...

The problem with "enough" is that the Eos 1 (or the Nikon f5, or any member of the last generation of cameras developed to shoot film) was "enough" camera for nearly anyone, because of its funcionality. And it would continue working pratically forever, given proper care (including shutter replacement). But digital cameras will degrade, sensors will go bad, etc. Even if you have "enough" camera, you're probably going to have to replace it in five years (if not long before that), because it simply won't work anymore. And by then, camera technology will have progressed to a point that could be all but unrecognizable, so "enough" will have an entirely different meaning.

10:53 AM  
Blogger eolake said...

Mike,
And thank god for that. I love buying cameras, I'd hate not to have any good excuses for it. :)

1:30 PM  
Blogger Roger said...

Perhaps. But then where would all those manufacturers be if "back in the day" of film everyone said the FM2n or the A1 was all they would need well into the future?

We're gonna upgrade and it'll be a sad day when we stop because there won't be much more to choose from after that.

Oh yeah, I just upgraded from a D100 to a D200. Gave the D100 to my daughter. We each think we're in heaven.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Leonard Metcalf said...

Though it is not that much different to buying 'just one more lens to complete my photographic kit' or 'just one more camera'. Welcome to the world of the photographer.

7:17 PM  
Blogger JeffH said...

You said it... Unfortunately I'm hooked. Technology marches on and there will always be a newer better solution on the horizon. This is not only driven by technological advances in electronics and software, but by the 'new world' business model that all corporations must follow to survive. Camera manufacturers will no longer sit still and sell the same model for years at time. In order to produce the growth numbers that investors want, we will see a constant flow of new features, models, and services as well as a never ending flow of sidecar products and services.

Now if only I could convince my wife that my 10D is now out of date and I really need to spend three grand to ‘upgrade’ to a 5D...

2:16 PM  
Blogger TBG said...

Maybe with the next camera, I can skip the one after that...

8:11 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

Technology is always going to improve, and people will always be buying upgrade's, camera's and lenses may have reached a point where they are as optically enhanced as can be, user-friendly, functional, and rugged as possible, so I see little progress there, but sensors haven't. As with film, sensor's will continue to evolve... It's ultimately the image that counts, and the fun you can have producing that image (let alone making money with it in order to do what you (or at leat, I) love most)

7:21 PM  

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