My website has been pretty dormant the last few months. I had many intentions on keeping it updated with the #Blacklovepdx series. But I got busy and neglected my site. But it’s a new year and I am so excited that I am starting the new year with a new Canon 5D Mark IV camera and lens. This wouldn’t have happened without the help the the MESO program which helps small businesses gain access to capital to buy assets.
I decided to go with the Canon 5D Mark IV full frame camera. I watched every youtube tutorial I could before purchasing. And let me tell you, some of them had me questioning my judgement and jumping on the mirrorless bandwagon. Many complained about the outdated video codecs, large video file size, the 4 K crop, lack of flip out screen and it had less megapixels as their counterparts. Those are legit gripes but at the end of the day, the camera is a tool to get the job done. Most of 2017 I was shooting with a borrowed Canon sl1 and t2i with either a rented 24-105, 24-70 or 135 mm lens. Most people thought it was the greatest they have ever seen. *shrugs*. Clients hire you for the end results and could care less about what camera you are using.
I decided to stick with the Canon brand because my first camera was a 60D. And it served me well until it died a year ago. I am familiar with the menu system which I think is much user friendly than Nikon. The image quality is great and one of the biggest advantages that Canon has is the color science. Skin tones look amazing with any Canon camera you use. Plus Canon has an excellent line of lens for a variety of needs. Now that I have the 25-105mm f/4 ii lens, I still need a dedicated portrait lens. I really love the 135mmL lens for outdoor portraits. I rented the 85mmL 1.2 and I didn’t like it. I know it’s a favorite among portrait photographers but it was too heavy and bulky for my liking. In November, I was able to take home the Sigma 85 1.4 Art Lens. And whoah, even on a t2i, the images were super sharp. And the reviews on youtube, B&H and Adorama are all positive. But then Canon has their own 85mm 1.4 but it’s $400 more than the Sigma version. I am going to rent both and see how I like them before I make a decision.
I have only had the camera one week and so far I’ve done one time lapse and a short photo walk in NW Portland.
I’m looking forward to learning my new camera this year. I have two volunteers who agreed to my muses for ideas I want to flush out. I want to do more fashion and street fashion photography. But living in Oregon, we are at the mercy of the weather and we won’t have consistent decent weather until at least May. That also hampers my #blacklovepdx project too since most of my shoots are done on location.
I’m looking forward to challenging myself, learning new techniques and maybe put more effort into my youtube channel. 🙂
Thanks for reading,