Yes, it’s come time to brush the dust off the Canon 40D and let it go on to a new owner. I’ve owned this for a number of years, and it’s been absolutely wonderful to me. It’s still got a lot of life left to give though for the right beginner, as a backup, or even as a rental if you run workshops, seminars, etc. and could use something like this. Not asking a lot – the eBay auction is starting at $250, and it includes a lot of extras:
For anyone interested, or if you want to forward this on to anyone who might be interested, here’s the link to the eBay auction:
I have a confession to make. I’ve not picked up my SLR camera gear in 104 days! That’s right – it’s been over three months since I picked it up for any reason, other than to move it out of the way of something else in my “man cave”. This is not to say that I have not been creative, nor taken any pictures. Just a single browsing through my G12, my iPhone, or my G12 will reveal that is not the case.
Now granted, I have not really carved out the time to photo sessions like I have in the past primarily because I have been involved a lot with my full time job as a Software Trainer, and in a new business initiative that I am starting here locally, as well as the forthcoming eBooks which (I know) are woefully overdue.
But, when I sat down to think about it, I really have needed my SLR less and less. Most of the time, I can get just as good a quality image from my G12, iPhone, or even the GoPro lately, and each has the added advantage of video capabilities! In fact, one thing I had been meaning to do was to capture some video footage of snow falling. This was to serve as a backdrop for a photo montage of my own favorite snow scenes from my portfolio for the last few years.
This is not to say that I am losing interest in photography – I will always love photography! The power and story-telling capability of a single still frame is always one that will fascinate me, and I am always seeking to become better at the craft.
But, when I look at the SLR cameras that are out there, both the one I have, and others in the market – I don’t think I really need another SLR. It just doesn’t make sense to me anymore. About the only advantage to SLR is that in studio and when on a professional assignment, they do have just that extra nudge of image quality. But, with that being said, I just don’t see the need for a new SLR. Here’s my current collection:
Canon 40D – Accepts EFS lenses due to its crop sensor and does an amazing job at even up to 800 ISO levels for still work.
G12 – Records 1280×720 video, and has a higher MP count than my 40D for stills. Great for on-the-go footage and the SD card makes things super easy to save to my laptop (which has an SD slot, but not a CF slot).
iPhone – Super easy on the go for both quick snaps to share things via social media, and 1920x1080p HD video! The apps that have been developed to assist in this niche have been incredible!
GoPro Hero2 – Amazing wide angle video quality, which I really am only beginning to explore, but when I see the weekly publications from their site, am continually inspired for new project ideas!
Well, it finally happened…I got my copy of The Moment it Clicks, by Joe McNally. Read through the entire book over the course of the weekend – twice. This guy continually amazes me, not only for what he’s teaching, but his matter-of-fact and down-to-earth approach to instruction. This book really and truly does live up to its reputation as THE book of the year. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and everything in between. I have not been prone to reading much lately that isn’t photography-technical jargon. What with the TOP Test being a project that is so close to being done, practically everything I am reading lately is technical and quite detailed on the minutia of photography. Suffice to say, the Joe McNally book gave me a great moment of pause over the course of the weekend.
A couple of things to note about the book – it’s not really instructional, but you will learn a lot if you are attuned to picking up little nuggets or pearls of wisdom between anecdotal narratives. It does follow an anecdotal line, in that you see an image and text on the facing page – that narrative is either about how that picture was obtained, or some humorous back story or “behind the scenes” in the making of the shot. Just great stuff, because as photographers, we love to hear others war stories. Joe McNally does not disappoint. Finally, on this book, if you happen to read the introduction, you will find that there is an additional chapter available to you. All you have to do is register at Peachpit, and enter the ISDN # of your book to get the additional read. Great photos throughout, but I dare say some of the best are in the added digital chapter.
Finally, it also brings me around to the last thing I did this weekend of a McNally nature: I re-watched his talk over at Google for the umpteenth time. It is such a great talk, and if you like story tellers, and listening to stories, this is definitely one to bookmark. I have it bookmarked myself just to listen back on it from time to time for moments when I need a little inspiration or motivation. Here’s the link to the Google talk.
Yes, it was my weekend with Joe McNally…except he didn’t even know about it!
Be sure to stop back in tomorrow as Photokina will be underway – today is Press Day, so we will likely see some other impressive leaps forward in camera gear and technology during the course of the next few days!