My Failing Camera Gear

I’ve been shooting with the same set up for years. I’ve had my Canon 50D for 10 years now and the Tamron 18-270mm for the last 7. I have other lenses but that Tamron has been my go to all purpose lens since I got it. It’s served me well. But things are starting to wear out and are in need of replacement.

My 50D is having issues. The shutter button is starting to not work every time I press it. It will either lag, or not fire at all. I’ve lost count how many shot’s I’ve missed as a result. The last 2 years have been disappointing. I’ve still made some great shots but the shutter button is becoming a real liability.

My Tamron 18-270mm is really showing it’s age. The rubber grip on the zoom ring has detached from the lens. On hot days I have a hard time zooming in or out. The lens barrel has started to shift when it’s zoomed past the 50mm or so point. It’s floppy for lack of a better word and as a result the focus is off more often than not. The focus motor is starting to slow and sometimes it hunts for focus when it cannot keep up with the changing focal points. Basically I’ve worn it out from years of constant use. Don’t get me wrong, I love this lens. I’ve gotten so many great photos from it. But I have worn it out.

It’s time for a new camera. I’ll have to begin saving for it now. They are not cheap. I’m going to change systems completely. I’m looking at going with a mirrorless system. I’m after the smaller size and lower weight. A DSLR gets heavy after a while of packing it around. Right now it looks like the Sony Alpha 6300 is the route I’m going to go. Small, lightweight and a great piece of gear, although I may go with the 6500 depending on the price at the time. They both get great reviews.

All this said, I’m still getting some great shots with my 50D and Tamron 18-270mm failing as they are. The photo below is from my daughter’s 2018 dance final recital just yesterday and I’m pleased with the result.

But, I had to go with a black and white conversion as all the images from the day looked like crap in color. Now I understand that this was a low light situation and the 50D is not known for it’s low light capabilities but still, I’ve gotten much better results in the past with the same camera/lens set up in the exact same concert hall with the exact same settings. I have a standard I use in this situation that has always worked out well for me.

I just have to face it…..time for some new gear. I’ve gotten some great use and lots of joy out of this gear. Time to retire it.

Soon but not yet. Probably next spring.


The Universe Provides A Little Luck.

I’ve been hoping for a little luck for a while now. Any kind of luck. Something to show that the universe still cares about me.

Yesterday that wish came true. No, I didn’t win the lottery although that would have been a great sign from the universe. No, this one was a smaller but very welcome gesture from a former co-worker. At her new company, the previous admin person, had purchased a DSLR for the company to take photos. About a year ago it started acting up on them giving them errors every time they turned it on. My friend mentioned me to her employers as being most likely to diagnose and possibly even repair the camera so I was asked. I said I would have a look at it for them.

A week went by and I received another message saying that they replaced the camera and if I wanted the old one and could repair it, I was welcome to it.

So, yesterday it was delivered to me! I am the proud owner of another DSLR. The make and model are not important. It’s an entry level model with an 18mm-55mm kit lens. A perfect little beginner camera, if I can get it to work that is. So far, I need to shut it of and back on after every photo I take. But I have a few ideas that I’m going to try. First thing is to update the firmware. Surprisingly that usually solves the problem.

I guess the point of this story is that maybe, just maybe the universe will throw you a bone once in a while if you are open for it.

Thank you universe. Now how about a solution to the problem with the card slot.