As professional photographers make plans for the new year and possible investment strategies for new equipment, now would be a good ttime to chat about what equipment is the most suitable and why. Of course the decision has to be consistent with your line of photography. I need my equipment to work well in low light and it requires to be versatile ie suitable for a conference photography commissions in Edinburgh, one day and also for a bungee jumping event or an outdoor portait photoshoot the next. I also have specialist equipment for my fine art infrared work, using a converted Nikon DSLR camera. So which brand do we choose, well this is often down to money and suitability. I started as a Nikon photographer 17 years ago but moved to Canon as they were – at the time – ahead of Nikon for fast focussing and frames per second for sports and event photography, they have since caught up, but its too late now, as I have invested in lenses and equipment for my Canon DSLR bodies. I do however use Nikon for infrared work, this is largely due to the availability of a high pixel body at the time in the Nikon D800 and I wanted high resloution for my infrared photos, so I can blow them up for large print sales. I started to use Fuji due to the portability of their mirrorless cameras and quality of lenses, however the poorer performance in low light and lack fast focussing – at the time – prevented me from investing further, however it is my camera of choice for landscape photogrpahy due to lens quality and portability. So, like my choice of supermarkets, I am not tied to one brand and I suggest as photographers, either amateur of professional, you do the same, with all your decisions based on suitability, cost and availability at the time. Dont be seduced by the latest model at full price and buy according to your needs.
Hope this helps.
Until next time.
Colin www.colinwwrightphotography.co.uk, www.edinburghphotographer.com