My Internal Conundrum With My Camera

I own a Fujifilm X-T2. You’ve probably seen me talk about it or post photos from it a million and one times. As it turns out, I’ve had it for almost three years, now. It’s a really good camera, and I thoroughly enjoy using it. I’ve said many times that it out performs the former staple: the Canon 5D Mark 3, and I stand by that. It’s small, compact, and lightweight, and great for when you’re shooting for a long time or walking or hiking.

Then the Sony a7R III came out. It was announced just in time for our budget to come in where I work, and after reviewing the specs and the image quality, I said that we should get one. After all, we had been using the 5D mk 3 and a 7D for a long while, and it was more than time for us to upgrade.  Now, I knew there would have been an increase in image quality over the X-T2, after all, the a7R II had already been ranked as one of the top performing non-medium format cameras on the market AND it was a full frame camera.

I’ve now spent the past 6-ish months in the Sony mirrorless world, I’ve shot a few events and a lot of automotive and commercial things… you know… work. It’s working great! I’m surprised that I’m not missing the dials or the specific Fujifilm “look” (if you will). I have to say the number one thing that I cannot stand about the a7R III is that the files are massive. I mean, rightly so because they’re twice the quality of the X-T2’s, so I can only fit half as many photos on the same card. The first time I shot a wedding with the a7R III, I was panicking trying to dump photos onto my laptop periodically through the night. Meanwhile, I didn’t need to change out cards once with the X-T2 that event or pretty much any event I’ve shot. Excluding Desert Bus, of course. Overall, 300GB per event is a little scary.

NOW

Sony has released the a7 III. The a7 III has all the nice things about the a7R III and some of the nice things from the a9. It has the same megapixel count as the X-T2, which means smaller file sizes. It also has the newer type of battery from the a9, which means it’s been rated to have the longest battery life of all mirrorless cameras out there right now. It also has an autofocus system similar to the a9, which has AF points that cover most of the sensor. It’s also got the same design and button layout as the a7R III. It’s also been shown to have better low-light performance than the a7R III and shoot better video than the a9.

Basically… the a7 III is perfect for what I do.

My dilemma is this, however: While selling the X-T2 would give me the opportunity to buy the a7 III, I would also be ditching a really good camera. Buuuuuuuut, not only has my Gear Acquisition Syndrome been itching like CRAZY since the announcement, but I also have this wild theory (possibly enabled by G.A.S.) that, in my photographing, I don’t want to be limited by my gear. I don’t want to come back after a shoot or an event to blame any defects in the photos on the gear I was using. I don’t want to have any opportunity to say “well, if I had [whatever] this would have come out better.”

Before it’s said, I also do believe in the clich√© of it doesn’t matter what camera you use, it’s about the person behind the camera. However, when you’re capable of doing well with a decent camera, imagine what you can do with a better camera, or even THE BEST camera? And yes, yes, yes, lighting is much more important than the camera you have, but I’m doing alright with light right now, considering that most of what I do with my personal work is with natural light and lighting modifiers. I could go on and on about lighting, too, but this is about cameras.

I dunno, this got a little rambly, and I’m not sure where to end it. So… how about support my Patreon so I can have my cake and eat it too?

May 10th 2017

Today… okay… today was a basket of wild and craziness. Well, one part of today was. I’m really trying to not dwell too much on it, because that’s even worse of me, but hey, screw it. 

Today, like yesterday, we got kicked off a location that we like using for photographing and shooting video of vehicles. We’re never doing anything more than parking, shooting, and leaving. And I get it, 90% of the time we don’t have permission, mostly because they’re open and public places or seemingly abandoned. However, suddenly, people are getting hyper-protective of their property. Which is strange, but I said I wouldn’t talk politics, so I’ll leave it at that. 

Also, I’ve got sunburns on my sunburns, and I’m fairly certain we almost had a dehydration issue had I not had a giant tumbler of water. So… summer is here, yeah? I’m thinking of just working until noon and then hiding from the sun for the rest of life. The crazy part is, obviously, I’m a Floridian… how is the sun/heat just NOW bothering me? Not sure. Maybe I’m just becoming old and complainy. Which would explain why I love trains. Which we saw another one today, and I was so excited. I always am. 

After I was done with all my shooting for the day, we picked up Oreo shakes for the whole team because we’ve been crushing it lately, and it was hot, and I was craving a sugary drink and I like including my whole team, well, the ones who were present, but still. I absolutely loved the look on the cashier’s face when I asked for seven shakes. The person in the back making the shakes had to ask twice. 

Anyway… PHOTOS: 

May 9th 2017

Today, we got more accomplished with this Ford Superduty we’ve been working on. At this point, we have probably one video left before I take the photos for it to be sold. 

The truck itself is ridiculously large; twelve inch suspension lift, 24″ wheels, and 40″ tires. Nuts. I have to say, though, you do feel a command of the road as you drive it. Even though it costs $70-ish to fill the tank (with a 400 mile range). 

Near the end of the day (speaking of selling trucks) we saw the truck that we sold that once was our studio truck pulling into Sonny’s. It was neat to see it again, since we usually don’t see any of these vehicles after they’ve been sold.