Best Bang For Your Buck! – Canon 5D Mk II vs Fisher Price

Hi everyone!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my site.  Well, I’m back and there will be some new posts of some recent shoots coming up soon.  Before I do so, I thought I’d offer up a personal post.

My 3 year old is coming to terms with my newfound career.  For awhile, all Aidan knew was that Daddy went to work “Town-town” to make money so that we could go to Disney.  But now he tells me that I no longer work Town-town and that I am a “Fur-Tographer” who makes pictures of people.  He’s recently learned how to take pictures using the family point & shoot camera, but his go to camera is his trusty Fisher Price toy camera.  The Holga toy camera has been trending with photogs as the latest cool thing to buy, but even these “toy” cameras cost between $40 to $60.  My son’s Fisher Price probably cost no more than $10, and as I thought about it, I’m sure that he has gotten more fun out of his camera than I have gotten out of my pro-spec camera:

  1. My Canon 5D Mk II and backup body cost me a few thousand.  Aidan’s Fisher Price cost next to nothing.
  2. My cams run on batteries that constantly need recharging.  Aidan’s camera needs no batteries.
  3. I had to invest in special lenses to get the types of images that I want (eg. shoot wide open, shoot ultrawide angle, shoot telephoto).  Aidan doesn’t need any special lenses.  His imagery is created with his imagination.
  4. Aidan never has to clean his built-in lens!
  5. Aidan doesn’t need to insure his camera!
  6. If he drops or breaks his camera, the cost to replace it is next to nothing.
  7. The Fisher Price doesn’t need memory cards.  The image capacity is endless.
  8. Aidan can shoot in extremely low-light conditions and the resulting images have no noise.  Puts the ISO 6400 capability of my 5D2 to shame.
  9. Aidan can shoot in the rain with no fear of damage to his camera.
  10. Aidan’s pictures never need any post-processing.  They are perfect SOOC.  So that’s why he has so much to time to play!!!

I’m relieved that Aidan doesn’t yet know how to blog.  Otherwise the pictures he could post would put his Daddy’s to shame.  I guess it’s true what they say – it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer.  And you know what they say about children – children have more fun.  So I think my takeaway is to approach my photography like a child – shoot without limits, and to use my imagination to its fullest.

I think I’m going to leave the Canons at home and use my son’s Fisher Price at my next shoot.  =)

© 2010 Joel Yana Photography

Facebook comments:

Eiko Riley

Love it!

Glonor Penaflorida Holmes

Isn’t it amazing what we can learn from our kids?!

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