Update ... Sunday, March 4
Yesterday, I stumbled upon an article in Gizmodo Australia that essentially says the same thing about the 5D, except in a snappy, journalistic style. The author, Andrew Liszewski, says something I wasn't aware of, that Canon will continue making the Mark II even after this roll-out of the Mark III. "...Canon obviously feels the 5D Mark II still has plenty of life left to keep it in the line-up." Liszewski expands upon this in a related article. Looks like there's price drop in our future.
On March 1, Darwin Wiggett confessed that it has taken him 25 years to move "on from an obsession with gear to an obsession with creating." He gives 6 reasons to take your hand off your wallet and seek relief from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). To summarize:
- It's not the gear that matters, it's how you use it.
- Only upgrade if current equipment is limiting your ability to translate your vision into pictures
- Don't be fooled by the mega pixel war
- A decent tripod and head, and high quality lenses, are more important than a top end camera
- Wait at least 6-9 months before buying the latest camera body because there are always bugs and firmware issues that need fixing.
- Using gear you own is the only way to become a better photographer
Personally, I'm at a point in my creative life that I'd rather "blow" a couple of thousand dollars on my own education and development by attending a workshop led by people who can help me stretch my limits and challenge me to improve my art. I'll leave the next upgrade to my hardware on the store's shelf for now.
But I can't wait for Canon to come out with a full-frame mirrorless camera!