For those who don’t know about EOS
Canon’s EOS range is for cameras with interchangeable lenses. After being lured away from Canon by the promise of reasonably priced digital photography, Canon launched the ‘affordable’ EOS 10D. I just had to have one.
It made sense you see; I already had two lenses for my old Canon camera, albeit the Sigma brand, but all I needed was the camera body, oh and new memory cards because the new camera only supported CompactFlash, but hey, I would need more storage as I had jumped to 6.5 mega pixels. So it really did make sense.
So it became; the order was placed and my shiny new Canon EOS arrived. I attached my lens to fire out some test shorts; error err-01. My Canon lens worked okay, the Sigma ones did not. It turns out they needed a firmware update.
Around this time, I was also taking time to understand the technology a bit more. Knowledgeable types were telling me I should be shooting in RAW, rather than allowing the camera to process the data and save it as standard JPEG files.
The very simplistic explanation was that Camera RAW was like the digital equivalent of the negative, and the JPEG file was like having the image processed for you and you ending up with just the print; as I say, a simplified view of it, and one I will cover in my ‘How-To’ or ‘Tips ‘n’ Tricks’ section of this blog. (It's now here - Shooting Raw)
So with this knowledge in hand, and my lenses upgraded.
We headed off to New York for our first trip to the ‘Big Apple’ for Thanksgiving 2003.
Lesson learnt from that trip, Camera RAW files are much, much bigger than JPEGs, proof of that was part way through the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, and the need to switch to JPEG. I needed more storage.
The other lesson I learnt was that RAW files need a little work to make them presentable. Normally a JPEG is ready to view as is, just like the old prints. RAW needed a bit of extra ‘leg-work’ to get the most out of the shots.
Those couple of drawbacks were nothing compared to the creative possibilities that were available to me. This was the start of something rather expensive. More lenses, more storage, more everything. Remember Janis, this is all your own fault.
So my trusty Canon EOS 10D stayed loyal to me, and I captured trips as far and as wide as Paris, Prague, Bruges, Florida and New York (again!).
Again a great camera, with a few limitations, noticeable when I indulged myself in my other passion of watching motor racing at my local circuit, Brand Hatch. Still Canon had a solution for this, and that was the Canon EOS 1D MkII N – catchy little name. I asked Santa nicely, and Santa obliged, I must have been a good little boy that year.
I was now the proud owner of a Canon 1D, these are the cameras of professionals. So I felt that I needed to step up to the plate then.