First my dominant eye develops a painful sleep-depriving ulcer, then my camera breaks down in the middle of the final climactic performance of a multi-day photo-documentary project with Sweden’s Wildbirds & Peacedrums and London’s Roundhouse Experimental Choir… Not the best start to the weekend.
The eye is getting better slowly but surely - I’m medicating with the help of Moorfields Eye Hospital (best in England). Sleep will return this evening - after some dancing at an intimate Prefuse 73 gig! The camera, however, is a bit of a pain in the ass…
It’s a Canon 500D (which I adore) and it’s still under it’s 2 year warranty, but if my prior experience with Canon repairs is anything to go by, it’s going to take weeks till it’s repaired and returned. I have photo-passes for and would like to shoot many a gig until Christmas. So do I spring for the improved 550D in the mean time and sell the 500D when it comes back all pristine?
Ideally I’d like someone to sweep me off my feet and offer to let me test the 550D, 60D, 5D and 7D one after the other in the field (with my trusty Canon 85mm f1.8 lens) to see which is better and why - yes the specs and reviews are out there, but in a specialised field such as flashless low-light gig photography, you really need to see them in action… Or better yet, an offer of sponsorship?