Or more importantly, why do I use these big, heavy, costly 1-series cameras? Like my 1D Mark IV?
Even in tonight’s course, a student asked me that (yes, you know who you are). Good question.
So do they give me better pictures?
Of course not. Unlike the lens, the camera makes little or no difference to the image. Sensors are pretty much sensors, now, and when the image is being taken, the sensor and the lens are really the only two thing sin play. The camera is ust a box.
Nevertheless, I invest in these heavy things. I’ll give you some clues as to why.
- I can write to two memory cards at once. This is important when the event is important, like a wedding: memory cards can, and occasionally do, fail.
- They can get wet – on last Sunday’s Creative Urban Photography shoot, my 1D bodies were dripping with water, literally.
- They are fast (the 1D Mark IV, a sports camera, takes 10 shots a second!)
- They are more customizable. The less you spend, the more functions are removed by Canon and Nikon et al.
- They last. The 1-series bodies can take 300,000 shots before the shutter needs replacing. A consumer camera can take a fraction of that.
- Support. I can sign up to Canon CPS and pay extra money to get support: but only if I have “professional” cameras.
That’s why I spend money, and if you do not need these benefits, that’s why you do not have to. Spend your money on lenses and flashes, in that case!