I guess I kind of left you all hanging on what I decided; staying a Canon girl or crossing to the dark-side? Life has just been moving right along and then someone brought it up on FB a few weeks ago…. I giggled and said, “ Oh yeah, I forgot to tell everyone.” If you have missed the debate of my long agonizing quandary about switching systems, take a moment to read through this past post.
I used the Nikon D4 in the Mara this past August, thanks to Borrowlenses; so I know I can take sharp images! I loved the D4 and the low light capabilities and it felt great in my hands. As a woman, I find the Nikon lenses are a little sleeker, making them easier to hold. The desire to possibly make the shift has been there for many years. However, the practical side of me needs a huge reason to make both the investment of time and money.
When the 1DX was released the reviews were good. A few wildlife photographers that I highly respect were raving over it. I wisely decided it would be foolish not to test the 1DX before making the jump. Once again, Barrowlenses, came through for me and I took the 1DX for a spin. My prayers were answered, giving me the perfect horrible shooting conditions for the ultimate test. I went to Bolsa Chica wetlands to photograph the lightening speed, grey, pelicans, diving into the grey water, on a grey day. I thought to myself, it will never get sharp images in this scenario and I can make the switch guilt free. I was wrong.
When I saw the below images on my computer, my jaw dropped open! Sharp images of a moving subject from a canon camera …revolutionary!! I had not experienced this since my 1DMark II and my 20D… yes that means about 5 years ago. Well…. not exactly true, my 5DMark II is great, but I use this mostly for people and not wildlife.
I am not one that gets super technical. I don’t get into the mico-technical issues of why one brand is better than the other. My philosophy about photography that is that it should be an expression of how you experience and see the world. The creativity of that vision is what makes a compelling image. Of coarse you must have the technical knowledge to correctly capture your vision, but without the artistic side, you are just turning dials and pushing buttons. Almost everyone can study long enough to technically master photography, but it is the photographer that creates a stunning image, not the gear.
I share this because someone will make the comment wanting a list of all the technical comparisons, but I did not have a long list of technical problems and there are plenty of these type reviews already available. My biggest complaint over the past several years is the flawed AF system and the way Canon did not stand behind their products.
I have heard enough, to believe Canon is getting back in the professional game. However, if this new camera creates soft images when I have technically done everything right…..lets just say I will roar loud and clear until Canon does right by me this time. Then I will switch with no regrets, but for now, I will remain a Canon girl.
My 1DX canon body arrived yesterday
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All images were shot at F8 and a shutter speed over 1,000
Piper Mackay is a world, wildlife and cultural photographer, based in Long Beach, California. She believes compelling visual images help to protect what is right in the world. Her work takes her to very remote locations, living cross culturally in the villages and environments that she is documenting.
Her work is heavily concentrated on the African continent, a land she fell in love with when she first touched foot on it’s rich red soil. Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to inspire others to explore, respect and preserve the beauty of our fragile planet.
She believes compelling work comes when you invest time, living the stories you are trying to tell. It is important to interact and gain the trust of those whose stories you are telling, especially when sensitive and complicated. The world has enough images of poverty, pain and disaster, much more needful is imagery that reveals the beauty and dignity of the communities that are, except by their geography and circumstances, very similar to our own. Powerful images help shape the view of the world and play an important role in disseminating how cultures and wildlife are coping with the rapid changes happening in the developing world.
Piper’s images have been displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The Museum of History and industry, and The Art Wolfe gallery, as well as local galleries. Her work has been featured in Nature and travel publication through representation of several photo agencies, including Rangefinder, Nature’s Best, Birders, and the World Wildlife Fund. She is an independent photographer and available for assignment work.
Her prior career in the fashion industry, where she was deeply involved with combing color and texture, has greatly enhanced her approach to the unique look and feel of each culture and photographic subject. This also gave her a strong background in business and marketing. Please visit Piper’s website at www.pipermackayphotography.com.