|Equipment that works no matter where you are
|Digital has taken us from all manual mechanical cameras with manual focus lenses to fully automated camera systems complete with lock-on auto focus, auto ISO, vibration reduction and GPS tagging. Digital camera
systems have come a long way in 10 years and I can say that I have a lot more faith in my digital camera and post processing software now, then I did in 1999.
Photographers are subjected to natures harshest conditions and they need equipment that can handle being subjected to this in order to capture the images they need. With today's camera systems being like having a micro
computer in hand, there is always the thought of catastrophic failure of either the camera or CF/SD card. One of the worse assignments you can have is a wedding. Wedding photographers are booked months in advance and
have no way of predicting what the weather will be like. There's no option to reschedule and there's no re-shoot if your camera system fails somewhere along the chain of taking the picture to archiving and printing. It's a one
shot deal and if there's heavy rain or snow, you could be faced with a camera failure. Most photographers are prepared with a backup body or use alternative methods to minimize the exposure of elements to their gear.
|Weather sealing has become an extremely important part of professional DSLR camera systems. We not only see the bodies being sealed against the elements, we are seeing seals on lenses and flash units as well. With
electronics playing such an important part of our imaging world, it's nice to see the manufacturers taking steps to safeguard against system breakdowns during assignments.