Totally stupid unless you are into vintage photo gear for collection purposes. The Canon 1Ds Mk II was introduced in 2004, since then sensor, autofocus and processor technology has vastly improved. You would be better off with any of Canon’s latest 24 MP ASP-C models. Also if you are budget constrained and after affordable full frame you may try Canon 6D, an excellent camera, or its successor which expected to be announced later on in 2017.
That he/she is in the beginning of long and very expensive journey. Purchasing photography gear is highly addictive. First, you buy into platform – Canon/Nikon/mirrorless. Then you buy lenses, then you convince yourself that you need better and more lenses. Than you understand that you have to change the platform. Next cycle.
It depends how do you define outdated – in terms of functionality or sensor quality. I owned Canon 550D, later on I switched to full frame Canon 6D. I still kept 550D as a backup camera. Later on I replaced 550D by newer APS-C model Canon 760D (old sensor 18MP, new – 24 MP). I was amazed by how much sensors improved in APS-C models. Image quality at high ISO setting is pretty much on par with full frame 6D. I place more value on sensor quality. So, for the switching point is the new type of sensor.
I used to own Canon 550D. I bought two books at Amazon: the first and third from the left, authors in the same order Jeff Revell and Charlotte K. Lowrie. Both were excellent and a way better than Canon’s manual. I’m sure you can still find these books at Amazon.
Here is a guy, Erik Kim, who is kind of self-promoted celeb in the world of photography, a kind of David Lebovitz/Anthony Bourdain of street photography. Example of his genre:
By winning SEO game and posting endless pseudo philosophical essays, life/business/photography advises peppered with shitty photos all over the web the guy made a name that allows him to charge exorbitant sums for workshops on street photography. I give him due, he has a style, a panache, the right degree of weirdness and some of his observations are interesting to me. Search for Erik Kim on youtube and you’ll see a certain charm.
Here is the article in the very popular photo site that published endless Erik’s stories:
I guess this article is the beginning of the king’s decline. The moral of the story: SEO/promotion is important and necessary for business, but it’s not enough if your product (photos) suck. If promotion overweighs utility it becomes snake oil.
I can understand artistic appeal of street photography but my practical mind could not comprehend why would someone pay to learn useless genre where no rules is the rule.
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