Four and Forty

The camera in the photograph is four years old. Mounted to the front is a forty-year-old lens.

Separately and together, they’re obsolete. When assembled as it is here, it’s a rig that makes very little sense.

It’s the photographic equivalent of JFK’s biting description of Washington, D.C. “Northern charm and southern efficiency.”

Aside from amateurs and dilettantes, the use of a manual-focus lens doesn’t add up. The camera, once so mighty, has long been superseded.

But both the lens and the camera have an important place in my inventory. There’s no pro gig that couldn’t be shot with the 24-megapixel camera. The 50mm manual lens is tack sharp when properly focused.

While it’s not much to look at, this combination is a fail-safe backup for me. Then again, this is a tool that I know how to use effectively.

Even though I’ve never had a modern dSLR fail during a hired project, I can say with certainty that someday it will happen. When it does, I’ll be prepared.

This very inexpensive insurance policy will be there save my bacon.

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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