Reading through my previous post about Nikon and NASA got me thinking. I was looking through my files a few weeks ago, when I stopped to think about how technically capable the results were from cameras that are now superseded and hardly get a mention. Today, often in a rush to get what we perceive as better equipment, we can miss I think the ability to get perfectly capable results simply as it can be all too easy to update cameras to quickly.

That is not helped by persuasive marketing and wide media coverage of the latest and greatest, and I suspect many don’t get the best out of their kit before moving on and starting again.

For example, better Raw file converters and or post capture software in general, let alone improving technique can all lead to better results from a camera you may have had for a couple of years or more.

I am not for one moment saying don’t buy the latest cameras, far from it. If you have exceeded your current cameras capabilities, or a new model does things quicker and that is relevant to what you do, or a new model is more comfortable to use for a days shooting for example, then it makes absolute sense. Likewise when newer products are more accurate that is another sound reason to update.

Here is one example. Taken with a D2X a camera often sited as having poor ISO performance as you move up the scale. That by today’s standards is true, but I can tell you as a studio camera used at 200 ISO and with other settings properly configured, it is a quality product producing for todays needs.

So used within it’s capabilities, with increasing and improving shooting techniques and post-capture skills, dust off that older camera. You may be pleasantly surprised what you can still get from it.

End. (03/08/10)