What’s the best camera to own?

February 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

People ask me this all the time?  We all know that it’s the one you have with you.  We are seeing better pictures from more people all the time because our phones are capable of such great images.  I’d like to ask you a question.  How many of you have printed many of those images?  In fact, I bet not many of us have printed ANY of them!  I agree it is really easy to share them by email, message or post on a social media of your choice.  Plus, it will be seen by countless individuals.  I love using my iPhone to let you all know where I am and what I’m eating.  :) But for great images, you have to use a great camera.

I’ve made a conscious attempt to carry my camera to every event I’ve traveled to this year.  So far, so good.  As a result, I’ve been rewarded with a few nice images.  Last night was our last night at the Photo Pro Expo in Covington, KY.  We had a great time and I’ve always wanted a shot of the really pretty Cincinnati skyline.  Last night was the night to do it.  I like the dramatic sky and the appearance of texture it gave.

Cincinnati Skyline (not the chili)

I hope this illustrates that there just isn’t any substitute for a “real” camera.  Not that you couldn’t pull this off with a lesser camera, you could get something close for sure.  But, the better your camera/sensor, your willingness to nail the exposure and use a tripod, the better your final image will be.

For those of you that care about the specifics.  This was a JPEG right out of my Fuji X Pro 1 with the 18-55 zoom lens.  I would have never carried my huge DSLR camera…either of them.  Last year when I did, I hated the weight and typically left it in my room.  But with the X Pro, it weighs less than my 70-200 f2.8 VR II lens did!  I am also carrying a small, very portable tripod called a MePhoto.  As you can see, it does a great job even on this 30 second exposure.  A little post processing with Nik Software to kick it up a notch and this is the final image.  I am really glad that I took the time to do this last night.  The weather cooperated and the long exposure timer on the camera display makes it easy to duplicate your exposures while bracketing.


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