Perhaps it is the same way that long dark winter nights make some people feel blue? Or perhaps it is the almost continuous dampness underfoot (some people have it far worse I know)? Whatever the reason I have taken my 40 plus year old Canon lenses out for another go. The last time it all ended in tears was because I couldn’t get the bloody things to focus as I wanted them to. And yes this still is a problem but not the same one as I thought it was before (perhaps I’m just a bit more forgiving or less demanding).
The one thing that you do get is much smaller gear. I can now stuff my A600 and a 24 and 35mm lens in my pocket – the same can’t be said of modern mirrorless lenses and cameras – and that certainly isn’t the case with DSLRs. I guess another driver is that over the past few weeks I have become much more aware of the soullessness at the heart of the camera industry these days. We seem to be in an ever increasing race to nowhere with the chasing of more megapixels, faster lenses and shutter speeds and everything must have image stabilization. It is all insane.
These images were captured using a six year old camera with an APS-C sensor. The lenses are forty years old both with a maximum aperture of f2.8 (not that that matters as I just stick them on f8 most of the time to try and get things to be in focus). I’m pleased with them and as I don’t make a living from my photography that is all that matters. If one other person happens to think they are quite good then that is a bonus.
Don’t get me wrong I love my Sony A7 and the lenses are in every way superior to the Canon lenses but each has their place and in the end of the day who cares what camera was used to capture the image? Its the photograph stupid that matters. So next time you hear some talking head or magazine article claiming that the latest is best ever just take a moment and ask the very simple question. Is it really that much better than the equipment that already have? I suspect if you are honest with yourself you might find the answer a bit more useful than wanting something with 7 stops of dynamic range.
PS – just to prove how fickle I am…I am looking forward to the Photography Show next month at the NEC outside Birmingham when guess what I too will be looking at the latest piece of tech and wondering….how can I justify that?