Brian’s Photo Blog Begins
Saturday 1 January 2011 — Category: Equipment
Happy new year, and welcome to the first edition of Brian’s Photograhpy Blog!
As you can read in Brian’s Photographic Journey, after about 20 years of sitting on the back burner, my interest in photography started to bubble again in 2006 when I purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50. Now, about four-and-a-half years later, I am increasingly feeling the urge to upgrade to a higher quality of equipment.
That upgrade is definitely going to involve getting a camera with interchangeable lenses — there’s really no way around that. Which type of camera I end up getting is going to boil down to the choice of sensor size.
A popular option these days is a Four Thirds camera. But as you can see from this camera sensor size chart, moving up to only that level would be a compromise solution, since the Four Thirds sensors are still somewhat on the small side. Down the road, I would likely want to make the transition from Four Thirds to a bigger sensor, so it would make more sense, and be cheaper in the long run, to go ahead and take a big step now rather than a little step now and a little step later.
Full-frame 35mm sensor cameras are professional-level cameras that have numerous features I don’t need, which greatly increases the cost. Therefore, it seems like the best route for me would be a camera with the fairly-large APS-C sensor.
Of course, the two big names for SLRs are Nikon and Canon. But because I’m wanting a camera that also takes good-quality high-definition video, I’m not so sure a camera from one of these two companies would necessarily be the best choice for me.
The Sony Alpha DSLR cameras, with their unique translucent mirror, seem like an interesting possibility. The Sony Alpha α55 got great reviews on the Digital Photography Review Web site, and even won their Gold Award (which not many camera achieve). Well, it’s not available in the U.S. at this point, so I still have some time to ponder my options.
When it comes down to it, really, the most important equipment is not the camera or lens, but the inner photographic eye. That reality takes a lot of the pressure off to find the “perfect” camera system. I simply need to let my photographic eye lead me, no matter what equipment I happen to have in my hand.