My last post was about using my new Panasonic FZ1000 at the Planes of Fame Air Show. I was able to attend all 3 days of the show, and brought 3 cameras with me including the FZ1000, the Olympus E-M5, and my Canon 60D. This post is about the time I spent with my 60D.
Although I did bring the 60D to the 1st day of the air show, I didn’t use it after that. Why? Because I was so impressed with the capabilities and performance of the FZ1000. It’s not physically smaller than the 60D, at least not the body, but when the 60D is connected to my Tamron 200-500mm lens it’s much smaller and lighter. It also seems to focus faster, and can shoot at 12 fps which is more than twice as fast as the 60D’s 5.5 fps. Is there a downsize for using the FZ1000 in place of the 60D? Maybe. My 60D can accept different lenses – the FZ1000 has a fixed lens. With the Tamron 200-500mm lens the 60D has more reach. The 60D has a larger APS-C sensor, the FZ1000 has a smaller 1″ sensor. There are some people that think this automatically disqualifies the FZ1000 for air show photography. In fact, I’ve been told that the FZ1000 lacks color depth, saturation, and other subjective things. I respectfully disagree, and am not going to get caught up in an endless debate about technical details and pixel peeping. There are plenty of examples out there that disprove this notion. And besides, I judge a photo by how well it’s composed, how the light is used, does it tell a story, etc… Not very scientific, but that’s just the way I roll!
So, what does this mean for my 60D? Unfortunately it means I will be using it even less than I do now. I’ve been on a quest to get my gear smaller while retaining image quality. My FZ1000 could probably fill all of the roles I ask of my cameras including air shows, landscapes, and family photos. For now I think I’ll keep the FZ1000 as my multi-role camera, my E-M5 as my low light landscape camera, and my RX100 as my fast and discrete pocketable camera. That doesn’t leave any room for my extra equipment, like the 60D and Panasonic GX-1, and I may be selling them sometime soon.
I don’t have a lot of 60D photos from the air show, but wanted to share some of them.
That’s it for this post, until next time – Happy Shooting!