Cheap & Expensive

Lately, I’ve been working with a tool combination that’s both cheap and expensive.

It starts with a 4000 dollar state of the art camera. 2012’s state of the art to be more specific. That’s when this camera was manufactured.

Way back then, the D800E was Nikon’s unrivaled 36-megapixel champ. Thanks to the passage of time, this camera has been superseded by similar cameras that have nearly twice the pixel punch.

That means that this amazing camera can be purchased in like-new condition for less than 1000 US Dollars. Every time I pick it up I feel like I’m getting away with something. The amount of money that I paid is still a substantial sum, but the results that it renders are indistinguishable from what someone could do with 2019 state of the art.

The resolution is unbelievable. It’s so sharp that I’m using an old manual-focus lens that tamps down the edges and renders a more softened representation.

The cost of this lens? About 40 bucks.

Call it high/low, cheap/expensive or hard/soft. I’ll just call it beautiful. Of course, buying at a discount requires a lot of experience that money can’t buy.

It’s similar to Doug’s vintage coupe. He paid scrap value for it. A bargain for sure, but only because he has decades of restoration experience and a shop full of tools.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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