Does it really matter what kind of camera you use?
The reason I ask this question is that I am starting to look at acquiring a new camera for myself. Maybe not tomorrow or next week but in the nearby future I think it’s time.
Yes, I am and have been a Nikon shooter for a long time.
Does that mean I hate Canon or believe they are inferior and cannot create amazing images?
Do I think ‘the debate’ is overrated and tired?
Would I consider a Canon in stead of a Nikon?
Some of the new cameras in the Canon range definitely draws my attention but then again, so does some of the new Nikon bodies. In the end the question I need to answer is – does it really matter which camera I use?
Yeah, I know the question has been asked a million times in the past and always lead to very passionate ‘discussions’ as to which brand of camera is better and why.
Once you cut through all the banter and, let’s be honest, fruitless attempts of trying to convince everybody else that your brand is better the question still remains – does it really matter?
Let’s take a different look at this.
Whether you have a 22 Megapixel Canon 5D Mark III or a 36 Megapixel Nikon D800 do you really think that people looking at your images online can tell the difference?
Do you think they really care?
What about a 12 megapixel Nikon D300s? Would that make a difference to how people see my 800 px at the longest side image on my 500px portfolio?
How many photographers out there only post their images online?
How many of these exact photographers are some of the most vocal in the whole brand debate and bashing of the ‘other’ brand?
Does it not seem exceedingly stupid to actually worry about what camera make and model you are shooting with if you only post online or keep all your images in well organized folders on an external hard drive?
Sharpness, color, megapixels, noise – all of these things mean virtually nothing once you’ve taken the files through Lightroom and post them online at a web only resolution.
If you do prints of your work – which fewer and fewer people are doing – perhaps it would make a difference.
But then again, maybe it won’t.
Unless you are printing absolutely massive billboards all the extra megapixels you paid for is absolutely useless.
For canvas prints, the size that most of us will print, you can get away with a 10 to 12 megapixel camera, no problem, so why pay more for all the extra megapixels if you are not going to use it?
I guess some people will always get some kind of kick from trying to motivate their choice of camera brand but seriously… does it matter?
Apart from looking around for my next camera – a journey I will be sharing with you as I go – I have been working on a few limited edition canvas prints and that is pretty much where this blog post stemmed from.
Here are two of the larger prints I have almost wrapped up.
What camera was it taken with?
Nobody can tell, even if the wanted to and – the most important thing is – they look great!!
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt[divider scroll_text=”Go to Top”]