My friend Alex wanted some photos to mark his eighty-second year. Naturally I reached for the trusty Canon 5D MkII which has been my go-to portrait camera for years, although these days it doesn’t get used for anything else. It is too heavy and too cumbersome in operation. It feels decidedly old fashioned.
I set the camera up on the tripod and immediately realised that there was no way I was going to use this dinosaur. I needed to get down on my knees to look through the viewfinder. Ridiculous!
I put the Canon back in the bag and picked up the Sony a7, the full frame mirrorless camera — same resolution as the Canon, half the weight, but most importantly I could use the LCD on the back of the camera for framing, exposing and focusing without having to get down on the ground.
In portraiture it is important to engage the subject in conversation to get them to relax and try different positions — you can’t do that it you are on the floor with one eye to the viewfinder.
Will I ever use the Canon again? Probably not. Are you in the market for a Canon 5D MkII in perfect, as-new condition? Drop me a line.