It’s time to buy a new camera. We’ve had our trusty Nikon D70 for over five years. I forget how you check, but last time I did, it had taken over 11,000 photos. I think this was one of the first photos I took with it:
Interestingly, the D70’s use on Flickr has been in sharp decline this year–apparently the camera is reaching its end of life for lots of users. The current most popular camera among the Flickr community, after the iPhone, is the EOS Digital Rebel XSi.
I don’t feel a lot of loyalty to Nikon. We have one additional, cheap Tamron zoom lens, but we rarely use it, so I don’t have a lot of money invested in Nikon. I’m happy to be convinced to switch to Canon, for example.
I know that the common wisdom is that the magic of the camera is in the lenses, not the body, but the reality is that we’ve used the same default Nikon (35mm to 70mm, I think) lens for 95% of our photography. I’m happy to buy a premium lens with a new camera body, if that’s what experts recommend.
I don’t want to get hung up on the question of megapixels, but it’s worth noting that I recently considered printing a biggish version of one of our photos, and the resolution I’d shot the photo at wasn’t big enough. I’d wanted to print something roughly 14″ x 17″, and the 1998 x 3024. I’m not sure if that’s the maximum resolution for the D70, but I’d like to go somewhat bigger.
So, what kind of camera should we buy? I think our Nikon D70 cost about $1500 all in, so I’m prepared to spend roughly that much again. Of course, if there’s an awesome camera for $1000, all the better.