More Upgrade Thoughts
Some of the comments on my thoughts about upgrading to the EOS 5d mk II merit responses:
One commenter wrote:
Regarding your hesitation to purchase a 5DMKII, you wrote, “…part of it is the cost, and part of it is that I’m not clear that I can see increased utility from the upgrade.”
No offense, but I imagine that you’re fooling yourself if you really think it has anything to do with cost. You’re a photographer, and judging by the equipment you appear to own — i.e. Leica M6, Linhof 4×5, Z3200 — you buy what you need in order to do your art. I don’t see anything wrong with that.
No offense, but I’m pretty sure that I understand my own evaluation of value. And while I buy what I need to do my art, that doesn’t mean that I’m immune to considerations of value. Careful consideration of value is, in point of fact, how I got to the point where I could pretty much buy whatever the heck I want.
You say you’re printing less and less. Could it be that you’re in a rut? Approaching digital fatigue? My advice: stop pondering the Canon upgrade, head back to film to a while with the amazing equipment you have, and I bet you’ll be fired up again soon enough, just as you suspect.
I don’t really see how switching back to film will change things, to be honest. I have a perfectly good digital camera that I like, and use. The printing thing is more a matter of being a bit burned out on printing. Printing from film will not make me less burned out on printing, because all printing from film will do is a) add the step of DEVELOPING FILM, which I don’t much enjoy and which consumes time, and b) SCANNING FILM, which I hate with incandescent fervor that is brighter than 1000 suns.
Another commenter wrote:
‘Time to sort out the support accesories. Time to sort out the new control layout. Time to come to grips with the image qualities. New sharpening standards. New color issues.’ I’m using a 3 year old laptop that overheats after an hour, a 4 year old scanner and the first version of PS CS to do all my work for exactly the same reason. I could afford the money to upgrade, but the time . . . that’s just too dear. I know I’ll need to upgrade the computer soon, but I’m thinking about just virtualizing it in a new iMac, buying a couple of spare scanners from ebay and seeing how long I can keep this workflow going. After 3 years, I’m just about to get the hang of it.
Exactly. What I have works. I understand it, in the way you understand a camera after making thousands of photographs with it. If I could find some way to constrain the retraining cost, I’d be a lot more inclined to upgrade. But when I have to switch to PS CS4, learn a new camera body, and go through the process of working out color management, sharpening, et al – well, it just becomes this big hurdle, both in terms of time and money costs, and in terms of psychic energy that I really am trying hard to hoard and use only on things that are productive.
What I should do, really, is sell off the gear I’m not using.
Anyone interested in a Linhof Technikardan 45s? A Leica M6 body? Anyone with good ebay tips?