Just for the heck of it I thought I'd nominate one of my favorite Canon Bodies as CAMERA OF THE YEAR 2010.
I also could have gone the easy route and nominated the perky, fun and really, really good-for-the-money, Olympus EPL-1, but I get tired of telling people that they have to buy an auxillary finder and it's really best if they start buying up old Pen lenses and all that. Really a close call though. For less than $500 with a decent zoom lens at Amazon I think it's one of the best values in photography. But it's not as good as my finalist. Not as good at 1600 ISO or at 200 ISO. But damn good all the same.
So what camera does the trick for me in 2010? Forgive me Nikonians but it's the Canon 7D. Where do I start? First of all it's built like a granite rock. But an ergonomically designed river rock. It fits into my hand perfectly and when I hold it it lies to me and tells me that it will work flawlessly forever. And it's so convincing that I believe it.
As you know, I'm a careful photographer and I find that when I put the camera on a tripod and use it at less than ISO 1600 and process the files just so it is a remarkably good imaging camera. The focus has never failed me and works at the speed of light. I could go on and on but when I started shooting digital in the 1990's we couldn't dream of a camera this good and if we could it would have cost $30,000. We would have sworn that this would have been the ultimate collection of specifications. Really.
But it does exist. It handles better than my 5D2. And the files are wonderful. That's all I can say. Two of these and a couple of zooms and you're ready for your dual career as both a still photographer and a movie maker.
One last thing. I love the 15-85mm zoom lens. It's a perfect complement to the 7D. Do I wish it was a 2.8? Hell, I wish it was a 1.4 but it's not and there aren't any and if there were they'd be soft wide open. I've used this lens for half a year and love it.
You can buy more camera but you're going to start banging your head against a nasty piece of reality called, "diminishing returns." I have lots of other toys but when it's raining or it's 105 degrees or the action is fast or the lighting is weird.......this is the camera I pull out of the bag and get busy with.
Do you disagree? If so, what's your solid favorite and what's your rationale?
Oh, and, what did you get in your stocking?
Hope everyone has an incredibly fun Christmas.