Posts tagged Digital
Are old digital cameras still viable in 2018? - Olympus PEN E-PL1

Moving on from the incredibly large Canon EOS 1D Mark III in my series of old cameras and their viability in 2018, brings us to the Olympus PEN E-PL1. Launched in 2010, it’s safe to say that this camera changed my life!

Back then I was using both a Hasselblad H3DII and the aforementioned Canon EOS 1D Mark III for all my work photography, but I wanted something for ordinary every day photos. Hipstamatic was huge at the time for iPhone, but I just wasn’t into using my phone for photography.

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Are old digital cameras still viable in 2018? - Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Shortly after becoming a professional photographer, I decided I needed to ‘look more professional’ (I’m far less concerned with what that might mean these days). Anyway, in 2007, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III was released. I used this camera pretty much exclusively until I got a Hasselblad H3DII. These then both became ‘work cameras’ and I would switch between them depending on the job.

Similar to my previous blog about my old Fuji Finepix 2800 Zoom, I thought it would be interesting to see how viable this 11 year old camera is in 2018 for every day Instagram and social media.

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Are old digital cameras still viable in 2018? - Fujifilm Finepix 2800 Zoom

I often get asked by people about what camera they should buy, and when the majority of people are using Instagram as their main place to show their images, often my answer is something along the lines of ‘you can’t buy a bad camera these days’.

With places like eBay and Depop being filled with a whole host of second hand cameras, I was wondering what the pros and cons of old digital cameras are for everyday Instagram photography. I have almost all my old cameras, so I’m going to do a bunch of tests to see what is and isn’t viable in 2018. 

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Technology moves on

There's no doubt that modern digital cameras are advancing quicker and faster than film ever did, and amateur and novice camera users are able to generate stunning imagery with the tools available to them. All this gives rise to a question I keep getting asked over and over again... am I worried that some guy a few yards away can take amazing and technically perfect photographs with his phone? I mean this guy can just click a button and he's got 12+ Megapixels of the latest digital technology at his disposal. That's gotta be seriously worrying to a professional photographer right?

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