2010 saw me make some huge changes in my life and in my photography. I guess the only constant in life is change.
Since 2004 I had been using Nikon cameras, lenses and flashes and this year I have switched to Canon. There were 3 lenses that I really lusted for that Nikon would not or could not make. Canon has a larger selection of lenses and they have a few other advantages that I really was sold on.
These three lenses are the Canon 24mm f/1.4 LII, the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, and the Canon 85mm f/1.2 LII. The lenses are great for photographing in low light situations such as wedding receptions. But more importantly they help me achieve a look to my photographs that is much more ethereal and artistic. I can have backgrounds melt away and my subjects just pop out of the photograph.
For a while I wanted to use both Nikon and Canon, however, I found that would handicap me when I wanted to switch lenses or switch a flash. I also found that with too much gear you can often be limited by the amount of choices. In practice it could be overwhelming to photograph with 20 different lens options. And I was burdened with maintaining the cost of equipment.
I also had one Nikon lens that was a bit of a lemon and was in the repair shop at least 4 times in the past year. That really can sour the experience of Nikon. It also drives me nuts when photographing a wedding knowing that a lens has been unreliable and could break again at any minute. I can’t have that and neither can the bride and groom who are hoping I will capture the moments of their wedding, engagements and bridals.
So I now photograph exclusively Canon. I just hope Canon comes out with an update to the 5DII – one that has better autofocus.