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"Professional" Cameras & Equipment

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Sooner or later, someone will ask, "So, which camera brand do you use and how many megapixels does it produce?" To be perfectly fair, women don't generally care about such minutia, it's almost always guys. So, let's take a brief (very brief) moment to address my camera gear.

In the past, I used to inwardly groan, take a deep breath and give a mechanical recital of my gear's technical features but, now, I've decided to adopt a more positive attitude and provide information in the hopes that potential clients will appreciate it. (My Mama didn't raise a fool!)

These days, my main camera is a Canon EOS RP Mirrorless. It sports a 26.2 megapixel sensor and works wonderfully with all my legacy Canon EF lenses. This means all lenses from my Canon EOS 5D Mk II/III/IV days work fine with the addition of an inexpensive adapter. For clients, this meant I can keep my prices at the same high value I've always striven to maintain because I don't need to invest in new glass, the most expensive part of any camera ecosystem. It also ensures my clients the same high quality that legacy EOS EF lenses have provided for the past 25 years.

For a backup camera, I use the Canon EOS M50, an APS-C 24.1 megapixel camera that I bought to test the mirrorless ecosystem for professional use. It also accepts legacy EF lenses with an adapter. It's an excellent camera but has fewer professional features. I'll probably replace it in the future with another Canon EOS RP or a newer model if one captures my imagination.

For fine art reproduction, I use a 36.4 megapixel Pentax K-1 in Pixel Shift mode with a 50mm macro lens. This is an outstanding system for situations that require extreme color accuracy and incredible resolution such as reproducing artists' work for reproduction. Why would an artist want to reproduce their art? It's easier to sell $500-$1000 prints than $5000-$10,000 originals. Plus, once an original is sold, that ends the artist's revenue stream. With reproductions on hand, the artist can keep generating revenue from the same work of art.

Beyond cameras, professional photographers are much more reliant on their lenses and, especially, lights. But, those are subjects for future posts.

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