Shelf life . . .

In the days of analog cameras, a popular model could stay on the market for years, perhaps with a minor update or two, before being retired and/or replaced. When the megapixel wars started, “years” became “year,” maybe.

Still, there were certain models, usually deemed “groundbreaking” or “a game changer,” with features that remained cutting edge for longer than other models. But in the past few years, especially with the introduction of AI-related features, shelf life has been cut short again.

A three year-old camera like the a9 II, some features of which are still current, can seem like a dinosaur in other ways. The a7 IV, at just over half the “market stature,” actually tops the a9 II in most ways that are relevant to mainstream shooting.

And as I just found out, the all-plastic RF-S 18-150mm, a “kit lens” I cavalierly opted out of when I acquired the R7, is better than some of the more robust EF options I’ve used in the past. And while discussing the R7 with a friend in the business earlier today, he referred to the R5 as “old tech.”

Standing still for too long with gear nowadays is equivalent to moving backwards. It’s a great time to be a photographer. Now if only I can start making choices that’ll keep me better synchronized with the market . . .

R7/RF 100-500mm