A Photographer's Review of the Canon EOS 10D Digital SLR
Subject:   I have a question -- the long answer
Date:   2003-04-02 15:07:01
From:   derrick
Response to: i have a qestion

Glad you like the photos. And it's a good question. Now for my long answer...

We talk a lot about "convergence" these days. Digital photography, for example, is the convergence of computers and cameras. But nearly every type of photography is the result of convergence -- typically man and machine working together to produce compelling pictures.

A great camera will not make you a great photographer. But a lousy camera will frustrate a good photographer -- and I believe will have a negative impact on the pictures he or she takes.

So what's important, IMHO, is that you find the right camera for you -- one that you can bond with, becomes an extension of your vision, and is a complement to your talent. Sometimes this takes a while, and you have to go through a few cameras to get there. (At least that's what I tell friends when I show up with a new one in hand!)

One of the reasons why I wrote this review of the EOS 10D is because I believe that SLRs are easier cameras to bond with than most of the digicams available today. But digital SLRs have been too expensive. The 10D is expensive too, $1,500 US. But for photographers who miss having that SLR "soul mate" they left behind in the analog world, the 10D may prove to be the "other half" that many shooters have been waiting for, including myself. Nothing against the rangefinders I have. There are a couple models I've really bonded with. But instead of being my only digicams, I can now use them in situations best suited for their design, such as travel and wide angle photography.

A photographer who likes his or her equipment tends to take better pictures, regardless of camera brand or price.

I like the EOS 10D and enjoy shooting with it. I look at my pictures closely on the computer and adjust them if I have to. It's the convergence of many factors that make a good photograph. Which camera you choose is part of that equation, but it's not the only factor.

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  • I have a question -- the long answer
    2003-04-12 23:37:05  anonymous2 [View]

    Derrick - first let me say what a very nice review you provided.

    I totally agree with about the 'bond' between shooter and camera. I refer to this as the photographers extension because I believe the camera is an extension of both the photographers eye and hand as he/she tries to 'reach' for what it is that they are seeing at the moment.

    Bond story - when my girlfriend asked for a compact digital camera for xmas she was confused when I said ok but only if she promised to go and handle each and every model that we could get our hands on - twice ! She did so, the first time with me explaining what all the options meant and the second time on her own (well I was really looking on from afar). She admitted that it helped and she was much happier in the end.

    As for myself - I have been shooting with a Sigma outfit for years and am just now thinking about moving over to the digital realm. I was just waiting for a decently priced digital with a SLR feel and I think this may be it.....

    I wonder if you know if the Sigma lens with fit this model ? I tried to find out at the Canon website but those silly flash pages made me mad and I gave up.
    • Derrick Story photo I have a question -- consider the Sigma body
      2003-04-13 08:05:38  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

      Hi, thanks for your comments. About those Sigma lenes you have...

      You might want to take a look at the Sigma SD9 with the new Foveon sensor. It's a pretty good looking camera body that accepts all the Sigma lenses. The SD9 sells for the same price as the Canon 10D.

      I haven't tested the body, but the Foveon technology is pretty interesting, and if you like it, you can preserve your lens and flash investment.