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?

SpecialKolin Podcast – Episode 9

Recorded: October 3rd, 2017

This time around, Kolin talks about:

– Fujifilm X-T2
– GoPro Hero 6 (Raw footage: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/29/16385642/gopro-hero-6-black-4k-60-sample-footage)
– Las Vegas

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June 8th 2017

This will be quick, as I am rather exhausted from the day. Rather, this week. I’ve primarily been moving heavy things around while intermittently taking photos. Awesome! 


On the other end of the spectrum, our land is clear-ish! We’ll be moving in tomorrow! Just kidding, they still need to do a whole heck of a lot! Bring in fill dirt, level the lot, some of the plumbing, foundation, walls, roof, innards, etc. meanwhile not completely losing our minds over decisions that need to be made. 


Other than all that, I REALLY need to kick all my SEMA planning into high gear. Usually about this time, I have some form of free time that I can research and write things up. I don’t even have a budget for a hotel yet, so that’ll be top priority tomorrow, maybe. If I can get a certain someone to call a certain someone about that like I asked earlier. (Work sub-blogging) 


Anyway, everything’s currently going pretty well, at least I’m trying to see the big picture of all the wackiness at work, and am definitely trying to keep everyone’s spirits up, as hard as that sometimes may be. 


Overall, though. Have a great day, you wonderful readers, you! Is that a new shirt? 

May 23rd 2017

I have no photos from today, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t take any. I actually took around 600 or so, but they were all for work, so I cannot share them at this time. Also considering I strictly shoot RAW for paid work, none of the photos have been edited since I got back from the shoot around 7pm, and I still needed to go home, so I could get back to work between 7 and 8 in the morning. 

Anyway, the shoot was for Father’s Day, so as one could imagine, we had a “father” and a couple kids helping their dad work some on his truck. Your standard heart-strings tugging stuff. Overall, the shots went great. From what I’ve seen, they came out really well. Fortunately, with the X-T2 I can review photos as I’m taking them from the viewfinder, which makes focus and exposure checking a dream come true especially when you’re trying your best to capture every micro expression, and don’t want to miss anything by looking away from your scene. 

In the end, the kids got ice cream, the dad got ice cream, everyone was happy! It was another great shoot in the bucket, and I’m very greatful for everyone that was involved.