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Tuesday, 02 January 2024


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I have to wonder about the moniker of "Best", based solely on the most rentals from a single operation. Could it be that the actual best cameras are the ones so good that they are purchased outright and therefore don't make the rental count list?

I've never rented a camera. I do the research and buy the best camera that meets my needs... the best for me.

[I'm not sure anyone actually said "best"...I think it's just "most rented." Although the list at the LensRentals website is titled "most popular." --Mike]

I wish all manufacturers would follow Canon's lead and use recessed metal bars for their strap supports. I hate those floppy triangles attached to a protruding post that are on most cameras. They're always in the way and are frustrating to remove or reinstall.

Back in 2001-2002, when I was a race official for Championship Auto Racing Teams (i.e., CART and AKA "Champ Car"), between race sessions I always left my position to talk with the pro race photographers. At that time, the pros used either Canon or Nikon--no Sony, Fuji, etc. in that world. The key question I asked of all them, in my quest to buy my first DSLR (to photograph indoor volleyball!), was "Why should I buy [Brand X]?". I spent approximately equal time with both Canon and Nikon photographers, trying to mix up who I spoke to at each race. The consistent answer was "Canon has the best low-noise performance"; even the Nikon pros generally agreed. So I bought a Canon 20D (and then a 7D, a 7D Mk II, and now an R6), with appropriate lenses for volleyball. That was a good decision 20+ years ago and I've been pleased with the results. These days, I'm not sure it matters much, even though I haven't done any testing, as the noise reduction capabilities of Lightroom (all versions), ON1 No Noise, Topaz, etc. will fix just about any noise problems. So I can understand why photographers choose Canon, even thought the other cameras are, probably, as capable of delivering crisp, low-noise images with a suitable variety of lenses for just about any location and subject.

My math may be out by a hair but... an R5, or eight (count 'em, 8!) G85 Lumix bodies.

I'm looking over at a 24x36 print made from a G85 at iso 3200. It's flawless even with your nose up against it. Makes the R5 a tough sell.

Granted, I needed DxO Photolab and ON1 for print prep. But that software totals less than a single G85.

Well, according to Nikon Rumours, the highest selling camera in Map Camera, Tokyo, the Japanese equivalent of B&H, for the year 2023 was the Nikon Z8, followed by Nikon Zf in third place. The highest selling lens was the Nikkor Z24-120 f4S, followed my Nikkor Z180-600mm f4.5-6.3 in third place. This statistical nonsense can be presented in whichever direction your bias lies - so all this data is meaningless without knowing stocking patterns of the outlets concerned. Interpreting data and charts, in this era of cherry picking or incomplete datasets, is an essential skill nowadays that most lack, and subsequently get wool pulled over their eyes with consummate ease. Here is the Nikon Rumors link for those interested: https://nikonrumors.com/2024/01/02/nikon-has-both-the-best-selling-camera-and-lens-for-2023-at-map-camera-japan.aspx/

Ah - that Lens Rentals list is by revenue earned, so popular high-value items will appear at the top of the list - fewer actual rentals will nonetheless bring in more revenue.

There's another interesting list a bit further down their page that lists the equipment in order of frequency of rental, and the top seven places are taken by batteries, memory cards (one of each, with a Sony battery being the most popular item) and lenses (five of, all Canon, and a mixture of RF and EF). Then there are the cameras, with the Canon R5 at #8, the R6 at #9, and the venerable 5DIV at #11. The first non-Canon camera appears #14, the Sony Alpha 7S III.

As a slight aside, I've always been struck by how little mention of Canon equipment there is on TOP.

I shot this year's (OK, now last year's) July 4th events (a carnival and fireworks near and after sunset) at ISO 12,500 using an R5 and 24-105 f4.0 "kit" lens with remarkable results. Much better than High Speed Ektachrome.

High Speed Ektachrome, announced in 1959 provided an ASA 160 color film, which was much faster than Kodachrome. In 1968, Kodak started offering push processing of this film, allowing it to be used at ASA 400.(/i)


For commenter Jon Porter and others who have issues with the small rings and triangles used on camera straps: Open them using split ring pliers. The Xuron brand, said to be made in USA, is sold at Amazon.

Here’s more about split ring pliers:


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