I’ve finally decided on a camera. It was not by far an easy choice, believe me. When I’ve literally dreamed about cameras every night for the past month or so, you gotta understand it’s been a pretty thought-intensive process.
I’d been going between the Canon 5D Mark II, which shoots 21MP and video at 1080p at 30fps – I don’t even know if any of that makes any sense to anyone out there – and the Nikon D90 which shoots 12MP and video at 720p at 24fps. Yes, the Nikon shoot smaller pictures and lower resolution video. But right now I have a camera that shoot 2MP and no video camera. DVDs are lower resolution than 720p. Oh, here’s a number that might make sense: the Canon (with kit lens) is $3499. The Nikon (with kit lens) is $1299. That’s a pretty big difference. Yes the Canon shoots larger images and higher res video. BUT the Nikon shoot 24fps (which is the same as film) and the Canon shoots 30fps (which is video rate and LOOKS like video).
I kept leaning towards the Canon. They have better lenses. I know two people with a LOT of Canon lenses and accessories. Scott shot with a Canon. But I also have recently fallen in love with the whole Lomo line of cameras. And all their imperfections. And realised the Nikon has a more human feel, more organic, more… happy.
So, I could buy the Nikon, a Glidecam (a kind of steadicam to minimize the jello look of both the Nikon and Canon when hand held), a color calibrated monitor, a tripod, some SD cards, a Lens Baby Composer (awesome) and even the whole Lensbaby Accessory bundle, a backpack and the necessary accessories for what it would cost to get the Canon.
Plus, I’d still have money left over to get a Holga – a 120mm, medium format, plastic lens, awesomeness of a picture taker.
And hire some models for a music video.
I think when you watch the samples of the D90 on Vimeo and look at the gallery from the Holga, you’ll get where my aesthetic is headed.