Sunday, 1 March 2009

On (not so new) cameras

Last September I wrote about my intention to upgrade to the Canon EOS50D (On Technology versus art). Four months later (was it really that long!?) I found myself going back on that decision. The 50D is a fine camera - of that there is little doubt; but the more I read the less convinced I was that it would address the main shortcomings I perceived with my existing setup (the EOS 20D).

The clincher was finding a second-hand EOS 1D Mark IIN in my local camera shop. I had read a lot about this body too - but once I tried it out I was hooked. It has the same pixel count as my 20D - but in almost every other respect it is better. Fast, reliable auto-focus and its impressive shooting speed were the main draw for me. Having made my mind up and bought it I have also been impressed with the colour rendition and the auto-white balance. On the downside it is bulkier and considerably heavier, but on the whole I am happy that this (now elderly) machine is a significant improvement on my existing camera. Now all I need to do is stick to my plan for the year and get out to take photos more often!


  1. Hi Thanks for you visit on my blog. It made me discover yours which is fantastic. I'll continue my visit. This swan picture is wonderful. A nice flight action with a perfect sharpness and white balance..

  2. Good post, the best camera is always the one you're most comfortable working with. Sounds like you've found a good match.

    Nice image of the running coot.

  3. I look forward to seeing the types of photos you capture with your new camera. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts on how the 1 Series works in comparison to your 20D in taking wildlife pictures.

    I like your photo of the mute swan landing.

  4. Very good captured of Swan landing.

    Congratulation on your "new" 1D Mark IIN, sure a very good pro body.
    I own 50D for about 3 months now, and very happy with it. Upgraded from 400D, (off course I will choose 1D body if I found good used unit).


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