I remember my first camera: a Pentax. I couldn't afford the body and a good lens, so I had this cheap lens that didn't have an auto aperture: you had to open up to focus and then close it down to take the photo. I had a darkroom when I was 13. The irony of a kid in a darkroom day in and day out yet unable to pass chemistry was not lost on my parents.

hasselbladI resisted digital for a long time. I had good scanners, and the one time I rented a Nikon D1 and did some tabletop over a weekend left me unimpressed. Besides, the chrome from a Hasselblad is a big fat wonder to behold on a lightbox.

But just getting film processed became difficult. I lived three blocks from a large E3 lab, and they had runs every hour. You could get unmounted chromes in two hours, mounted in three. Open 7am to 7pm M-F and Saturdays 9-5. This place was huge. They are out of business today.

So, once RAW became available and tenable, I was all over digital. But after nearly 40 years of brand loyalty, I did the unthinkable: I dumped all my Nikon and bought Canon.canon camera And I LOVE Canon (can you see me sucking up again?). Oh sure, you can find sites on the net that slam Canon, and some pinhead will have taken 4,000 exposures of the side of a barn to show that extra-bit of sharpness in the corner of the Nikon. Yeah, right, whatever. Besides, everybody knows that real photographers use an M4 and Tri-X.

The Canon profoundly changed my workflow. Shooting in RAW with a custom white balance generated on each set-up brings files into Photoshop that are dead-on for color accuracy and require little, if any, tweaking.

I kept my Hassy, but more and more I depend on the Canon. It's just a joy to work with.

Photo equipment Canon EOS
24-75 2.8L
16-35 2.8L
70-200 2.8L

Hasselblad 503
80mm Planar
30mm Distagon

Quantum X2D
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