I read somewhere recently that you either take a photograph or you make a photograph.
To me those I would describe as ‘takers’ are like my friend Claire of www.itsnotthecamera.wordpress.com whose images require very little in the way of post processing, though she swears she PP’s them all. Technically and compositionally excellent, I reckon she can take a pic, slap it straight on the Net and instantly receive ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.
Me? no such luck.
Luckily, I would guess that most of my readers are ordinary folk (as in not photogs), and from feedback I gather that the pix people most like are the ones that evoke an emotive response or the ones that are a little funky, stylised if you will (that doesn’t mean stylish btw).
Those that don’t practise photography may not appreciate how difficult it can be to compile enough GOOD images for a blog post. On one camera I own I have, in less than a month taken about 2,000 shots. How many get posted to the web in that same period? 50 to 100 tops.
I, and lots of others I know of, actually spend a fair amount of time analysing our camera/lens combo’s, taking note of things like sharpness, micro contrast, dynamic range and the biggest killer, low light performance/noise at high ISO. Like these, taken (respectively) with the Sony A7R, SOny A99 and Sony NEX 7:
These are all heavy crops of the original images, and settings, whilst almost identical, may vary a tad. There is of course a clear winner, but without cropping and at web viewing size the differences would be much harder to spot.
I’m not a reviewer by any stretch, so if that’s what you’re after you can head on over to www.stevehuffphoto.com for all cameras sans mirror, or kenrockwell.com for Sony stuff in particular. There are countless others, but these are the ones I visit.
For lens reviews I go to kurtmunger.com (Sony)http://www.ephotozine.com/ and http://www.photozone.de/
In all this testing, as Claire recently pointed out, its easy to feel dissatisfied with almost every camera, as having checked out some pretty awesome stuff, anything less seems…..well….less.
But you have to look at it sensibly. The A99 will STILL (over a year after release) set you back about £1.700 brand new, the A7r is maybe £1,600 and the NEX 7 can be had for around £600. Noticeable differences in price, but I challenge anyone who isn’t a Pro to tell me which image from this series came from which camera, not including the noise crops, obviously.
For me, which camera(s) I stick with has as much to do with the cost of building a decent system as it does about performance of said system. I would dearly love to have the A7R as my second body, but the price to performance ratio just doesn’t stack up over the NEX 7 for my particular needs.
Maybe next year……..