Way back on July 20 2005, I made a big decision to trade-in my existing camera for the then new and exciting DSLR, Canon 20D. At that time, this Canon model was pretty much the top-of-the-tree as far as semi-pro DSLRs were concerned.
How times (and technology) move on! Here we are almost five years later and it’s trade-in time again.
So, it’s bye-bye to the Canon and hello to the Panasonic Lumix G2. The camera world has advanced so much in five-years, so comparisons between the two are almost pointless – the G2, is less than half the price with a gazillion more features!
With thousands more models on the market, what was a four-figure price for a camera back then, can now easily be bought for much less. This is most strongly illustrated in the trade-in price for my old Canon – unfortunately!!! Used prices have plummeted – When I bought the 20D way-back-then, it cost close to 1500 notes just for the camera body – and the trade-in today?, well, little more than 150!!!! Fortunately the camera shop was also interested in all my Canon dedicated lenses and the flash-gun too and the total trade-in price covered the price of the G2 including a standard lens.
Although my old Canon is probably technically superior (Panasonic might not agree), the new Panasonic Lumix is infinitely more flexible – it can even record HD video. Why the switch of brands? Well, I’ve always been impressed with Ann’s Panasonic Lumix T5 – a compact camera that seemed to be able to take photos even in the crappiest of conditions, whereas my Canon 20D was always a bit fussy and in certain conditions, produced a lot of underexposed shots in its lifetime (even when using the flash). Technically, the Lumix is NOT a direct replacement the 20D, as it’s not a DSLR, it’s what they call a HYBRID – an evolved type that mimics the DSLR’s feature-list in many ways (and adds some!) but saves on size and weight. For the nerds it uses the Micro Four-thirds format.
And size and weight is probably the best feature of all. It’s about a third smaller and half the weight of the Canon – and that’ll be a great benefit if the Lumix does as much travel as the Canon did!
I got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!
My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all its forms), together with a fondness for the art of writing seemed to be the perfect combination to contribute a few words to the online community.
But I’m no Samuel Pepys! If you’re looking for deep and meaningful comments on a variety of subjects, then you’ve arrived at the wrong site! I only pen for pleasure!
On average, my posts appear about twice per month, covering family & friends, cinema visits, eating out, holiday experiences and techy stuff. Oh, and as this is my hobby, there’s no sponsored links nor adverts here – it’s all done with love!
I hope you find it enjoyable, interesting and occasionally, even helpful!