Each year the camera manufactures come out with brand new products that are marketed to those of us who can't resist the urge to upgrade. The discussion of equipment is a huge part of many photographic circles. Frankly, I love the gear myself. I have not always been able to upgrade when I would like to due to the enormous costs involved. Typically, I like to make a new purchase with every other generation. Right now, Nikon and Canon fans are all waiting to see what comes out of Photokina (major photography gear show). I hope to make a new camera purchase within the next year but I will wait and see what the future holds. So, why is the blog post titled "A Four Year Old Camera and a Kit Lens"? Because photography is not (nor should it be) all about the gear. It is about the creation of images based on our vision. The equipment is simply a tool.
When I set out this past Thursday night I was trying to decide what equipment to take and I knew that I would be doing a good bit of walking in the middle of down town Miami. I decided to take my cheapest two lenses to help cut down on the weight. One is a Nikkor 18-50mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens and the other is a Nikkor 70-300mm f3.5-5.6. The camera, which is the only digital that I own, is a Nikon D200 and is about four years old (you can get one of these on ebay for about $500.00). Now, I want you to take a good look at these photographs and I want you to tell me where it shows that these were taken with a four year old camera and a kit lens. You can't and that's my point. It has very little to do with the equipment and a lot to do with the photographer.
Still, I am eagerly awaiting Nikon's next full frame camera for an upgrade but until then I think what I have will do just fine.
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