Every introduction of cutting-edge camera technology brings a set of new possibilities—some insanely valuable, some with questionable merit. What really matters to me is, “What will the technology allow me to do that I can’t already do?” If something is just marginally better than what I already have, I’ll likely stick with what I’ve got. But if it will allow me to make pictures that I couldn’t make any other way—or nearly as easily—then the line forms behind me to get my hands on it.
There is no question that the D5 is a stunning piece of technology. The specs on the camera are convincing enough, but it wasn’t until I had the body in my hands that I realized how many possibilities were housed inside. After only a week, I’m certain it’s the camera I’ll use more than any other. Here’s why:
I used to believe that professional cameras were little more than a light-tight box. Unless someone needed a super-speedy motor drive, it always seemed like it was the quality of the lenses that mattered more than anything. I was mistaken. I now believe that the camera itself can contribute as much to the technical quality of a photograph as the best lenses—and more.
When I started using Speedlights, I was hoping that I might be able to use them for some of my work without feeling like I was cheating my clients. A few months and many projects later, the only one I feel like I’ve been cheating is myself—for not ditching the studio gear more often. These days my Speedlights are getting a very regular workout and I feel pretty foolish for not looking into them years ago.