I finally took the plunge and acquired a new camera. It was overdue, seeing that the one I have dates back to 2009. Digital cameras are computers that take pictures, and my new EOS 7D Mark II has two new processors in, two card slots, a new sensor*, and a massive array of 65 autofocus elements in the focusing screen. It can take up to 10 frames per second, and can set the shutter to 1/8,000 of a second. (That may be enough to freeze a hummingbird’s wings in flight). I could have bought the camera on-line, but since the Best Buy electronics store let me put my grubby hands on 12 different cameras they had on display, and gave me good advice, I felt it’s only right that they get my money.
*It’s not a full-frame sensor, something I took a long time to make my peace with. But at $1,500 the camera body is an absolute bargain, compared to the $3,200 mirrorless camera from Sony that is generating quite a buzz, and that I had also considered. (The Sony camera takes 42 MP photos and super-high definition (4K) video with its brand new full frame sensor). But by sticking with Canon, I don’t have to buy new lenses (good lenses start at $600 and go up from there) and battery packs, and I don’t have to learn all the little settings for the new camera.