Digital fulfills our instant gratification desire. We push a button, the picture shows up on the screen. We no longer need to wait hours, and sometimes days, before we see the pictures. We no longer had to count and consider before pushing the shutter, because we are no longer restricted to 36 frames of film. We can now scrutinize the pictures to the pixel level, versus looking at a 4x6 print. We get more and more dissatisfied with image quality because we pixel peep, and the newest camera must be better, or so says the marketing department of the camera companies.
Last week I shot Dillon's school concert, with my Canon 1D Mark III, at ISO 1600 and 3200 and the 85mm f1.2L. I pixel peeped at the meager 10 Mega Pixel files, and I am actually very happy with the image quality. Seeing images from the 1D III has suppressed the desire to upgrade to a very large extend.
For those of us who are short on disposable income for camera gear, we should take a step back, look at the pictures we have taken with the cameras we have, and ask ourselves, are we really unhappy with the image quality, and really need to upgrade our cameras?
King Street Social - NEX-5N & Tamron SP 17mm f3.5