2012 Review – Camera Upgrades
Posted on 1 Jan ’13 by Earl
I was thinking of this past year, 2012, and the changes it’s brought. I could easily discuss all the personal changes, such as my retirement and our first two grandchildren arriving, but for the purpose of this Blog article I’ll going to focus on the area of my photography gear changes and camera upgrades.
At the beginning of 2012 my main camera was a full-frame Nikon D700, a back-up Nikon D300, an Olympus E-P3, and a pocket size Canon S90 and over the course of the year that mostly all changed.
The first upgrade came with the purchase of an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Macro 3/4′s camera with it’s retro styling and a 16mp sensor, featuring, for it’s sensor size, excellant dynamic range and image quality (IQ.) For our July trip to Italy this was my camera of choice, with only the Canon S90 as a backup.
With the OM-D’s light weight, small size, excellent results, and the trip being a fast pace vacation I can’t say I experienced any long moments of regret for not having a full sized D-SLR along. Sure, there were some shots that would have been better with a larger sensor camera but then some shots may have been missed because of not wanting to carry a larger/heavier camera everywhere I did the OM-D.
The second major camera decision of 2012 was concerning upgrading my Nikon D700. I have an investment in Nikon full-frame lens and the Nikon D700 was and still is an excellent and very capable camera. It’s had a very long life in this age of annual new model introductions and forever advancing features. When I purchased the D700 in 2008 I was shooting with a Nikon D300 and at that time decided to keep the D300 as a back-up camera.
While that decision about the D300 seemed reasonable at the time, in actuality it was a bad financial decision. I almost never shot with the D300 after getting the D700 and it loss much of it’s market value while sitting on a shelf for several years.
In 2012 I was all over the map deciding an upgrade path with a Nikon full-frame digital camera, made even more difficult by Nikon releasing not one but two new full-frame D-SLR cameras — the D800 and D600.
I can’t count the number of times I was about to purchase the semi-professional, huge 36mp sensor, D800 to only a few days later decide it was not exactly the camera I’d envisioned upgrading to or really “needed.” I even had a D800 on order for a couple of months just after they were announced in February but canceled it just as they began shipping.
The pro-consumer, 24mp sensor, Nikon D600 was released later in 2012 with a slightly smaller and lighter body then the D700. It seemed to more closely address what I’d been wanting in my next D-SLR camera at a substantially lower price then the higher specification D800.
Smaller, lighter, and the ease of transporting a camera, became a higher priority for me in 2012.
When purchasing the D600 I decided not to repeat my past mistake — I was going to sell the D700 while it still had market value. I went through my camera gear selecting several older lens I’d not used in long while to sell along side the D700, D300 and the E-P3 cameras. All sold quickly at a fair price which covered the D600 purchase price plus a little more.
I find myself very pleased with my current camera gear with NO thoughts of camera upgrades for 2013. I went from four to three camera’s in 2012, I got rid of some unused equipment, making a couple of upgrades without having to come out of pocket too much. It’s all good.
Now, to make good use and to enjoy it!
Happy New Year!