beemerman2k Posted November 18, 2009 Share Posted November 18, 2009 OK, these are some long time perplexing questions (and beef's, perhaps?) that I have concerning photography (and they seem to center around camera bodies): 1) Every photographer argues that it's the lens that makes the picture, not so much the camera body. Well, if that's so true, then why can I find 100 reviews on any given camera body for every 1 review I can find for a given lens?! I hang out on both DPReview.com and Nikonians.org, and for both sites, I cannot find a review on some bread and butter Nikon, Sigma, and/or Tamron lenses (24-70mm, 2.8, midrange zooms for instance). 2) For that matter, why are there camera centric web sites and not lens centric web sites? Why not a site like MidRangeZooms.com, that as a secondary benefit, review cameras that work well with a particular lens? The industry promotes the camera body, not the lens it seems -- although most good glass costs significantly more than the camera body. 3) What is all this about camera body "brand loyalty"?! Canon versus Nikon versus Sony versus Olympus versus...? Don't I want the tool that's going to best bring forth my own vision regardless of who manufactures it? I like Nikon camera bodies because of their low light performanace even though they only support a 12mp sensor. Given that 99% of my pictures are taken indoors at night and either end up on my SmugMug web site or they are forgotten about, I am not even using the 6mp that my 4 year old D70s supports! So why do I care about 15, 18, 21 or 24mp? I am so often criticised because I favor Nikon. Who gives a rats *ss? It's the glass, isn't it? It's the vision isn't it? Yet another example of the camera body/lens enigma, I suppose. (Having said this, that new Canon 7D looks like a real peach!) 4) How can I best get there from here and produce the kind of professional level results I see posted on this web forum? I do enjoy reading books on photography. I like Bryan Peterson's works, "Understanding XXX" series. I also like Michael Freeman's books on subjects such as exposure and composition. And I practice, practice, practice. One major issue I have with these books, however, is this: they seem to assume I have all day to setup a shot, compose, and shoot. My primary subject are my 3 daughters, and they move so fast and so often, that I feel I only have a split second to get the shot or it's lost forever. In fact, my slow autofocus is a major reason I want to upgrade my camera body (poor high ISO performance is another major reason, anything above ISO 640 and my pictures are toast). So I am not particularly interested in producing art, but both candid and posed people pictures of the highest quality possible. I now am thinking about online classes and/or weekend workshops, like those hosted by Nikonians.org Is there another avenue I am overlooking? Anyone else take online courses or workshops or local community college classes? Can anyone recommend any particular classes or workshops? Oh, and for the record, here is the camera hardware I currently own: - Nikon D70s - Nikon G series 50mm 1.8 Prime - Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (the latest non-VC model) - Nikon G series 18-70 3.5-4.5 midrange zoom Very seldom do I wish for more range than what these lenses provide. Most all of my shots are close up, except for when my girls have a performance of some sort (like all the Christmas shows at their Catholic schools that are fast approaching). Link to comment
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