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What’s the oldest digital camera anyone here is using?

My EOS 10D has survived its second birthday. I’ve gotten it covered in beer/snakebite/alchopops/cheap champagne a few times too many though, and the flash hotshoe sync is erratic, and maybe this is just my perception, but the AF seems kind of worse than it used to be. No, I don’t have a backup.

Time for a new camera? If I go for the EOS 5 I’ll need to change my prime lens too. Or do I wait till the next whizbang model that will be obsolete in a year anyway? I only shoot digital regularly for one mag, and the odd small assignment. I still shoot a lot on film, but not with Canon.

This digital treadmill really pisses me off. Feelancers are expected to buy their own kit, and keep it up to date at their own expense, day rates stay the same, while magazine proprietors and digital camera manufacturers post very healthy profits, thank you very much. Viva la digital revolucion!

by John Perkins at 2006-02-06 11:16:39 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) London , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

The entire label on the exposure mode dial of my 10D finally popped off, but the rest of the camera is still going strong.  I think it’s coming up on three years old.  It has taken a direct hit from a healthy stream of water, and dropped on grass from monopod height several times, and it’s still singin’.

I’ll be upgrading to a couple of "pro" digital bodies soon (but keeping a spot for my 10D in the bag or in my car), and I expect to keep those bodies until Ragnarok.  I mean, am I naive to think that, until there is a significant evolution in the printing process, an 8+ megapixel body should be useful until it dies?  I’m not talking exhibitions prints, just regular stuff that people read.

High performance shooters might realize an advantage in shaving one or two seconds off of their workflow by springing for an incremental upgrade or a brand new series, but for the rest of us… what could they possibly come up with now to tempt us with yet another upgrade?

by Jerome Pennington | 07 Feb 2006 17:02 | | Report spam→
A few newspapers in Sydney are still using canon d2000 digis.

by James Brickwood | 08 Feb 2006 01:02 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→

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John Perkins, Photographer John Perkins
Cairo , Egypt ( CAI )
Jerome Pennington, photographer, sushi snob Jerome Pennington
photographer, sushi snob
(pointing & shooting since 1987)
Santa Clarita, Ca , United States
James Brickwood, Photographer James Brickwood
Sydney , Australia


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