Sometimes life gets downright spooky. Over a year ago I had made a decision to purchase a new camera system. But, lots of reasons presented themselves on why I should procrastinate (other than my usual just put things off). The biggest reason not to make the move was learning a new system of camera and lenses. After all, todays cameras are more computer than camera. There was also the cost factor, for one of the lens I use most, cost as much as the entire system. My system I had been using for some years was still taking good photos.
Over the past year I kept receiving little signs in photography magazines, Sunday supplements in the newspaper and internet. The same camera system kept bobbing up like a floater on a fish line. Canon Rebel T3i. Then came the final sign. The camera was sitting at the top of the tripod with my heaviest lens attached when it was accidentally knocked over with a loud bang on the hardwood floor. The camera body suffered a concussion it could not recover from. The minor gods had spoken and provided their final sign.
The cash was there, so there was no reason to put it off any longer. With the Canon Rebel T3i there were lots of geeky reasons to make the move, but mostly it was the new image stabilization lens. Even with a tripod I found myself getting more shaky over time. So, a lighter body, more compact, better balance. HD video thrown in, enough computer controls that I will never learn them all in my lifetime. But they are there as I learn, as I need them.
I am fully aware that it is not the camera that actually makes a good photo. Mostly it is the photographer. I have seen that one proven time and time again. However, there is a kind of confidence that comes with all that technical assistance. With a good printer, you could easily plaster that on your wall as a constant reminder on your thirst to become a better photographer.
Perhaps there is also damn, but it sure does feel good hanging around my neck.