This is what I use to capture my daily images; A second-hand, Ebay-procured, Canon EOS 50D usually mounted with an EFS 17-55 F2.8 IS USM lens – this combination usually comes out when I know I’ve got something I want to photo; A Canon G9 compact camera that gets thrown in a travel bag, a back-pack, or a pocket as a ‘just in case’ option when I’m travelling; And an iPhone that goes just about everywhere all the time.
In the time that I’ve owned all 3 of these ‘image recording devices’ (about 6 months), 60% of the photos that I’ve posted have been taken with the 50D, 35% with the G9 and 5% with the iPhone. It certainly appears that I ‘need’ more than one camera for my photographic purposes. (Non-camera-tech-minded-readers might want to give up for today at this point)
Now, I’m considering upgrades to my equipment, but I’m undecided which way to go. The iPhone will not change, so that’s easy. The G9 though is a bit old, has developed a slight blemish in photos under certain light conditions and doesn’t have great low light capability. However, it has produced some great images in the past and any replacement would have to be just as rugged, portable and capable of capturing such high quality photos. Canon G1X ?(a bit big I think). Canon G15? (not getting great reviews) Canon S100? Fuji EX-1, Fuji X-10? There are many possibilities.
I’m tempted by the Canon 6D as a replacement DSLR, but this comes with a pretty hefty price tag for the body only and would also involve the replacement of all my lenses….gulp! An alternative route might be to just buy a high quality L series lens to complement the EFS lens, with the future capability to upgrade the camera body in due course.
Given the cost of any quality upgrade to my DSLR equipment I’m wondering whether a total change of direction to a 4/3rds or mirrorless format might be able to bridge the DSLR/Compact divide and enable me to use just one system instead of owning a D50 and G9 equivalent combination. Under consideration would be the Olympus OMD, Sony NEX7 and Fuji XPro 1.
A further, or complimentary route to follow might be to spend my money on a Photoshop/Photography course, filters and accessories. This would be a way of maximising creativity without the need for expensive equipment – maybe the gear I’ve got is actually good enough and it’s just my skill-set that needs improvement.
I would welcome any advice, or suggestions from fellow photo enthusiasts who may have been through this same conundrum recently – any such comments would be gratefully received.