Last week, I photographed my very last wedding with my Canon 5d Mark III.
I’ve had the 5d Mark IV for a while – I bought it after we got home from the beach! – but I have not been able to quit the Mark III no matter how hard I try. I just love it so much and it’s so hard to let go!
It went like this: I bought the Mark IV, photographed a few sessions with it, and, no matter how hard I tried to love it, I felt like something was off. The focus wasn’t working quite right, the colors straight out of the camera were way skewed and, no matter what, it just felt wrong in my hands. I’d heard amazing things about the focus (it was the main reason I upgraded!) and I’d heard mixed reviews about the colors so, after talking to a few friends, I decided that my first Mark IV was a dud and had it exchanged. As soon as the new Mark IV arrived, it was a totally different experience: right out of the box, I knew that it was my camera. The colors are brilliant, the focus is spot-on (especially after I calibrated my lenses! I’m seriously so impressed!) and the camera is basically a sparkly gem of beauty and amazingness and I love it. Like, it feels right in my hands and it’s the best camera I’ve ever owned. But! Despite this! I have still had such a hard time letting go of my Mark III. The Mark III is my camera soulmate: I built my business on this camera. I’ve taken this camera to New York City and Philadelphia and Dallas and Alabama and Seattle and Utah and San Francisco and Kansas City so many times. I’ve taken it into forests and water – all kinds of water! – and I’ve put it in the middle of smoke bomb smoke and in the middle of flowering trees and I’ve held broken glass right up against it and it’s shot weddings and High School Seniors and families and couples and editorials and it’s captured so many heart-stopping images of my boys. I’ve taught classes holding it the entire time and I’ve photographed bridals with horses running through water and brides in never-ending fields of flowers and all of the aquariums and it’s made magic each and every time. I LOVE my Mark III and, since retiring it feels like it’s the end of a photographic era, I couldn’t help but celebrate it a bit today.
So! To the camera I built my business on: Thank you for being the BEST. I love you!
(Yes. I just wrote “I love you!” to a four year old camera. #noregrets)