Photographic Christmas

I wrote in a post last year about having another non photographic Christmas and whether I would make two in a row.

Well I made it!

It wasn’t that hard really. My NEED it list was empty. The ‘would like it’ list is… Well that’s a work in progress. Even if I had the money and inclination we are really spoilt for choice in the gear line.

Would I stay with Nikon? I don’t have enough Nikon equipment to answer yes. A couple of DX bodies and a handful of lenses isn’t very compelling.

So what would I go to? I’m not really sure. Generically less weight and size but with DSLR versatility and performance would be nice.

As a hobbyist I don’t need full frame or 36mp (not sure anyone would unless your making money = pro, not hobbyist).

On the other hand I have considered going to smartphone photography as well. You can’t get much lighter or smaller than that. It would also allow direct uploading to the web, surfing and making a phone call ?, the web connectivity bit is something camera manufacturers are struggling with at the moment. Before I get flamed for this paragraph, let’s think about about how most people view their images these days. I have three large canvasses on my walls plus a few 10 x 8?s and 7 x 5?s, but the majority of my photos are viewed on…. Yep the computer screen. Do we really need the high mega pixel count cameras the marketing departments throw at us? Be honest now. Two of my canvasses were done on a 10mp Nikon D200 which I still own and enjoy using.

If smartphone manufacturers can really suss out the camera side of things, it won’t just be compact camera sales that suffer. There is potential for a decent smartphone camera combo to really disrupt the market for all but the niche forms of photography. We are not quite there yet but you can’t help thinking the camera manufacturers must be looking over their shoulders more often than they used too. Let’s not forget a generation, such as my sons, who have grown up with phones and not cameras. They also don’t worry about legacy glass or lament the loss of film or medium format or darkrooms and chemicals.

So I’m going to wait a little longer and see what happens, it is possible I may have ‘bought my last camera’ without even knowing it.

Will I make three in a row?

Well the year has only just started so I’ll wait and see what new toys may tempt me to put my short arms into my deep pockets…..

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