Canon, Samsung and Sigma – Camera Wish List
June 18, 2015
I wasn’t sure whether this should live in the technology or travel area of my site. You understand that I’m doing a lot more professional photography now and the bulk of the photos I take are while at events, during travel or on the road. Therefore this could have gone nicely as a travel and food blog, but I decided the tech is where it’s at and that’s why it’s here.
But enough about location-based arguments and let’s look at the photo technology.
I’m a Canon guy. And a Sigma guy. And I wouldn’t mind becoming a Samsung guy. But there’s a problem. The folks at Samsung want people to ditch the DSLR and I don’t think that’s possible if I want to maintain the excellence in imaging I’ve come to expect from my Canon DSLR and my Sigma family of lenses.
Sure, Derek and others are running around as sponsored photo bloggers with equipment provided by Samsung. But is that the end-all be-all of imaging? To look at some of the devices, you might think so. Wifi-enabled, multi-pixel social-media machines that fit in your pocket and are easy to use. Why wouldn’t anyone want a Samsung camera?
But these people might not be the folks who are looking to shoot RAW images and then manipulate and finish those images with Adobe software and a critical eye. Those might not be the people who are commissioned by local studios to go take images that are then used in business lobbies all across the Commonwealth. And those might not be the people who actually want more control in their picture making – not being subject to the whims of the camera settings and manufacturer.
Alas, some of these arguments can’t be fleshed out completely because the social team at Samsung has yet to respond to my tweets and Facebook updates. I’ve requested that they let me test drive some of their devices during international travel to actually see if their camera could compel a level-headed person like me to #ditchthedslr. But no response yet.
For now I guess I’ll stay with my Canon equipment and my Sigma lenses. It’s produced stuff like the following shots already and I’m expecting greater things down the line. What’s your take on the move toward smaller, dumber cameras for the masses? Good or bad, I’d like to hear from you…leave your comments here or hit me on Twitter.