Chris Marquardt

Episode 1196 (1:05:52)

Chris is writing a book about analog photography, so stay tuned. Chris says that shooting digital is great because you can experiment with no cost to you. If you don't like an image, you can just delete it. But film is not dead. You can get a film camera pretty cheap at a thrift store and it's restriction can be a tool for creativity. If you can do anything, it's hard to push yourself. Studies have shown that if you have too many options, you're not as happy with your choice, and that's always the case with digital photography. Film, by contrast, forces you to get a result and stick to it.

Leo says he understands that, which is why he likes to use his one lens that has a fixed focal length and he has to adjust focus manually. Chris says that's a good thing because it forces you to think into a different way of working. Suddenly, you're moving forward or backward. And there's a good chance you'll be happier with the results.

New cameras - Canon has announced the Canon 5D S 5D S/R with 50 megapixels. Is that great? Chris says it is, but it's not very exciting. Megapixels isn't everything. In fact, Chris still shoots his 18MP camera. If you get a camera that shoots 50mp, then you have to upgrade your lenses that can resolve that, upgrade your computer to handle the workload, increase your off line storage. So there's a domino effect there. Then there's the Sony A7R Mk. II mirrorless camera, which Leo is planning to buy. He thinks that Sony is really knocking it out of the park lately. Chris says that Sony is on the forefront of sensor technology and they do supply sensors to Nikon, Canon, and a host of others. But in six months to a year, the others will play catchup as the pendulum swings the other way.

Don't forget our current assignment - SWEET. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Sweet" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Sweet" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!