Doug Plummer's Dispatches
by Paul Butzi
Doug Plummer, a photographer in Seattle, has been making the transition to a digital workflow for a while now, and has been posting his thoughts on his blog. Since Doug is ahead of me in the transition to digital, I’ve been reading his blog as a sort of "leading indicator" of what issues I'm going to be addressing in the future.
Naturally, just when I've been doing a lot of thinking about digital camera resolution and the tradeoffs we make with camera size and flexibility, that synchronicity thing happens, and Doug makes a post about trading down in resolution. Yes, down; he's swapped his EOS-1Ds mk.II for an EOS-5D, because the 1Ds mk. II is just too big and heavy.
Doug (left) has an impressive ability to cut through the technology haze and drill right down to the bottom line—how will this technology help him get from the image in his head to the photograph on the paper. So when I read that Doug seems to have decided that the resolution of the 5d is "enough" and that even though the 1Ds mk.II has more resolution, the size and weight of that camera are less than ideal for the work he does, it makes me sit up and take notice. That's especially true when Doug says that the 1Ds mk.II is losing value quickly because other pros are also trading down.
Doug's blog is good reading all the way through. In particular, it's worth going back to his first post on the 5D to get his first impressions of the camera.
Posted by PAUL BUTZI