Well, I have gone full circle in photography now. I struggled and struggled to get a professional digital SLR body years ago, and in the end someone bought me a Canon 10D (thanks Mom! :P). I fell in love with it and used it for several years, and even started a small photography business on the side. But in the end I decided that I needed to focus on my full time career, and I gave up the photography business. It eventually became too much to carry around the 10D and all the lenses, so I bought a camera bag that would just carry the body and one lens. But even that was bulky and sometimes just too much. I wanted to take pictures wherever I went without having to lug a big bag around everywhere, so I decided to look for a really good compact camera that would take some top quality pictures, while also being very portable. So I sold my 10D to my brother and bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, and it was absolutely amazing to take great shots without having to lug around a big camera.
Then I got my iPhone, and while the pictures were nothing compared to the Lumix, they were pretty good, and you could buy some really neat apps that put some super cool effects on them, making them look vintage or lomo etc., and I loved that. So I stopped taking my Lumix with me everywhere and used the iPhone a lot, though I still used the Lumix on special occasions.
A few weeks ago, my brother brought my old 10D to the church, so that we could use it to take some high quality shots to go on the new church website. I was the designated photographer.
How do I say this next part… The moment I touched that camera, my heart began to melt. With every click of the shutter, I became more and more inspired, almost to the point of tears. I had forgotten how amazing that camera truly was. Just holding it in my hand lights me on fire. I remembered that this wasn’t an uncommon thing when I owned it. Practically every time I used it during the years that it was mine, my heart would race with excitement and inspiration. Somehow, when I bought my Lumix, though I really did like many of the results, this feeling slipped silently out the door, unnoticed and forgotten. I’ve never experienced that feeling with the Lumix, or any other camera I’ve laid my hands on.
So, as is my modus operandi, my mind has begun to plot a way to go back and correct what I now realize was a grave mistake. I’ve looked around and priced used camera bodies. It turns out that I can buy a used Canon 20D body pretty cheaply these days. The 20D was the generation that came after the 10D. I wouldn’t mind owning a 10D again, but any 10D body I could get my hands on would be far older than a 20D (by technology standards), and far more likely to break down prematurely. A 20D will be fresher, faster, and higher resolution, but will also be the same shape and weight, the same amazing magnesium body, and the same control layout as the 10D.
So I’ve put my Lumix up on eBay. I plan to raise as much as I can, and I expect to raise enough to buy a 20D body. After that, I’m going to figure out a way to get a Canon EF 50mm f1.8, which was my favorite lens. They’re not that expensive either, so if I don’t have enough left over from my Lumix sale, I should be able to scrape up something else that I don’t use anymore, sell it, and grab the lens.
I don’t suppose I could’ve known how big of a mistake I was making when I sold my 10D. But now I’ve learned my lesson, and I won’t make it again. I don’t care how bulky an SLR is. The results, and the experience, is soooo worth it.