Alrighty...this is just a general FYI commentary. I'm sure there are a number of you folks out there who have already gone thru this, but for those who haven't and are thinking about getting into a higher end camera, here's a few words of wisdom that I've learned the hard way...
As some of you may know, I recently upgraded cameras. I had been shooting with digital point & shoot's and EVF's for a while, but as I'm trying to take my work to the next level (as in going "pro"), I decided it was time to jump into the DSLR's. After much personal debate...and changing my mind several
times, I ended up with a Canon Rebel XT, Canon's 8.0 megapixel "entry level" DSLR.
Now before I say too much more, I have to say that the more I use this camera, the more I simply love it! Yes, there have been one or two issues...i.e. since I can't afford IS lenses, I have to have my tripod tethered to my left leg, etc.. (LOL!). Over-all though, anyone looking to step up to a DSLR really can't go wrong with this camera (unless you already have a nice collection of Nikon or Minolta lenses that is...). If you're like me and getting into DSLR's on the ground level...new lenses, new flashes, yadda, yadda, yadda, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value then the Canon Rebel's.
With that said, I've ran into one serious annoyance...my PC. Now as a former PC tech, I will admit that this issue had crossed my mind but in my desire to get the new camera, I sort of just "blocked it out" if you will. Before I bought my new Canon I had been using a Sony H1 (which I still have, still use and is still a great camera!) which is a 5.1 megapixel and an Olympus C-4000 4.0 mega pixel (also a great camera, but was sold to buy the new Canon). Before that, I had entered the digital photography revolution with a Poloriod PDC-700...a 1 megapixel camera now in my fathers posession. Now with all of these camera's I've never had any signifigant problems with image editing...and those who know me, know I tend to do -a lot- of image editing! LOL! I'm a very devoted Photoshop user and even with PS CS2, I've never had too many problems working on my images on my meager, home built AMD Duron 1600 system...until now.
What can I say...no one told me that upgrading the camera also means upgrading the ol' PC! LOL!!! I dunno...maybe this issue should be mentioned more often in the whole "JPEG vs. RAW" debate. Certainly working in RAW gives you many more options for finer control of your images that simply aren't available working in JPEG, but simply put working on 8.0 megapixel RAW images (which get converted to .PSD's for editing) on this Duron 1600 is like...well...watching dog poop ooozz thru molases! LOL!!! For example, I am currantly working on an image I shot earlier this week. I'm doing a great deal of color enhancment, two layers of sharpening and of course the usual adjustments to levels, saturation, etc.. Basically this image, as it is now, is up to no less then 8 layers in PS (not counting my signature!) and the file size of this .PSD has just peaked out at 203.01 megs! Yikes I say, Yikes! I just made another "tweak" to this image and hit "Save"....it's taking up to a minute -or more
- to actually just save the file! The simple act of opening and closing files has become almost painful LOL!!! Then of course there's the filters...using the "lens blur" filter for example...hit "apply filter" and then go make a pot of coffee, have a few cigs, take up basket weaving... I've actually had to wait up to 15 minutes or more for that filter to apply...it's like waiting for video to render! Sitting here watching this thing process...I think I can actually feel my arteries hardening! LOL!!!! Not to mention, there's the issues with harddrive space. It's truly amazing, even when you're deleting "bad shots" right away, how fast 8.0 megapixel RAW images can fill up a 120 gig harddrive! I guess in a way this could be a good thing though; I've always been a bit of a packrat when it comes to images I shoot. Unless the image is really bad
, I have a tendancy to try and save -everything-. And yes, I have desk drawers and shoe boxes full of pictures and negatives that I've shot over the last 20+ years. Hey...ya never know when someone's gonna come along and want to buy that squirrel shot I took two years ago or that shot of an F-15 I shot at an air show back in 1987 with my old Kodak 110! This way, I really have to pick and choose which shot's I'm actually going to keep. Either way, a 300 gig + backup harddrive has worked it's way into the budget...
Anyways, to cut this down to a nutshell, for anyone thinking about upgrading their digital camera's and especially if you're going from p&s's to a DSLR; don't forget about your PC. If you're using an older system and you do even a fair amount of image editing, you may be in for a more expensive "camera upgrade" then you had originally planned...for your own sanity's sake, please budget accordingly
Alrighty, I think that file finally finished saving...back to work!
Bright Blessings & Gentle Breezes,