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I was speaking to a friend today on the phone and the comment was made” I need a 5Dmark4. I asked why when you have a 5dmark3?

There is one big mistake that many people make when there gear is more than adequate and that is updating there gear and paying for technology that they will never use. I do agree that digital cameras do need upgading every so often when the technology is so different.

That;s the nature of the digital world but the difference from the 5d mark 3 to the 4 is not worth the big bucks that you would be paying for.

Think about what you are buying? We have a tendency of paying for the technology that we will never use.


Never forget, that the camera has noting to do with how good the picture is, it’s what is in your head that will determine the out come of the picture and your ability to compose the shot.The camera is only a means to record. It can’t take the picture unless to aim and shoot.


I’ve posted this shot as it was taken on the 7dmark 2. This was at 10 frames a second. Now many nature photographers will shoot with the 1dxmark 1 0or 2 and will say that is a must and yet the difference between the 7dmark 2 and the 1Dx is about $5000 roughly. Now there is nothing wrong with this picture.

If you have that sort of money, then put it to a very good lens and don’t be seduced to upgrading when there is no need to. Work within your budget and think wisely before you make a change.

Yes in time we do need to upgrade, but not everytime a new model is released. Think before you rush into buying.

I have a print in my house taken on my 5d mark2 that is 1.2 metres high and there is nothing wrong with it, sharp as a tack . My question is” How big do you want to go?

The advantage that the 7dmark2 has over the 1dx mark 1 or two is the crop factor so when you put a 100mm-400mm on it, its approximately 700mm and while in Africa, it;s the perfect set up and getting close to the animals is not an issue, the 1Dx would struggle in that area and yet, it is significantly higher in price. Don’t be seduced with what you think you need, much of the time it is not a must have but rather a luxury.

We make the poor assumption that if we have the best gear we are going to take the best pictures. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can have a basic camera and take a far better picture than the person who have the most expensive set up.

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The strength of the picture is never within the camera, it is always within your head.It is how you understand how light works and how composition works, that will always determine the depth and quality of your image.

All of the pictures that are in this small blog are all taken with the 7dmark2 with the 100-400mm 5.6 lens.

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It’s a little like an olympic runner. You can have somone who has the latest hi tech shoes vs a poor person who runs in either bare feet or humble shoes and  the person who has the poorer shoes or no shoes at all, can beat the person with ” the best gear’. Why is that? Simply because it’s all about the ablity to run, technique, strategy and so on. If you haven’t got that, having the best shoes is not going to make you the better runner if you get my drift.

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Remember, having the best camera will never make you a better photography. It’s what’s in your head that will make you an awesome photographer. So don’t be seduced by the power of wanting to upgrade when there may be a very good reason as to why you don’t need to.

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Work with what you have and think more about your shot and not about the gear that you are using,

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Be wise when you go to upgrade. Pete:)

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Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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