"Magical" colors: is 5D3 closer to 5D than 5D2 was?

Started Aug 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
gdanmitchell Veteran Member • Posts: 7,730
Re: "Magical" colors: is 5D3 closer to 5D than 5D2 was?

I posted a specific answer to the general phenomenon of people believing that the newest camera always loses some "magic" by comparison to the older camera.

This is an odd phenomenon among a small subset of photographers. (It also afflicts a few in other fields in which equipment fetishes often distract from the things that the equipment is there to do.) I chalk it up to several causes:

  • Some who own the older thing and can't or need an excuse to not get the newer one, convince themselves that the older things is not only fine (which it probably actually is) but that it is somehow functionally or even "magically" better than the newer thing.

  • Some who are looking to "magic" to make themselves better photographers find it by adopting odd points of view that are often just wrong, virtually always unprovable either logically or by testing, and which attribute specialness to certain processes or types of gear. Part of the affliction usually involves the invocation of essentially "religious" arguments, including the notion that those who don't see the "specialness" (which includes almost everyone) must simply be unable to perceive the special wonderfulness that the believers alone can see. Looked at objectively, this resembles certain types of cult behavior.

I heard this silliness about the 5D compared to the 5D2. I shot the 5D for something like three years, exposing tens of thousands of frames with mine. It was (and is... I still have it) a fine camera capable of producing excellent image quality, though there was absolutely nothing at all about it that resembles "magic." Since then I've shot the 5D2 for something like 3 1/2 years, exposing a comparable or slightly larger number of frames. It, too, is an excellent camera and can produce excellent image quality that in every way matches or exceeds that of the 5D. By all indications, the 5D3 is also an excellent camera that, yet again, improves on the previous model in the 5-series line - though by a very small increment when it comes to image quality.

If you expect most serious photographers to give any more credible response to a question like yours - the context and the actual question itself - you will likely be disappointed. You will and have get responses from folks who are gear-o-philes and forumtographers , but the circular argument you'll engage in will be utterly pointless.


Press Correspondent wrote:

gdanmitchell wrote:

After a recent trip to Alpha Centauri I realized that I might have dreamed something about a person or other life form saying that he/it/she thought perhaps he/she/it had or possibly had not heard a rumor that the 5D (or was it something from Nikon?) has "better colors" (Alpha Centaurians love purple!) than something else that no one on Alpha Centauri has ever seen or used. But they photograph weddings! Yes, weddings! I like weddings!

What do you think? Doesn't this confirm what the little voices have been telling me? About cameras? And about Marie Antoinette and the big sunflower next to the talking fish? I think so, don't you!?

I assume you intended this to sound amusing, but I had asked a specific and serious question. If you have a specific answer, then let's hear it. For example, you do not believe the colors of 5D were superior to 5D2. Fine, it is an opinion shared by many. But as far as the stand up comedy, please first wait for me to catch up on beer tonight

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