When you’re looking into buying a new camera, it can be helpful to see what the professionals use. And it’s no surprise that many experienced photographers rely on Canon’s EOS line of cameras for their work and art. The name EOS does come from the Titan goddess of the dawn in Greek mythology, meaning that you can expect superior performance.
One such photographer who praises the EOS brand is American photojournalist Amy Toensing. She has spent her career chronicling the lives of a variety of different cultures around the world for publications like Newsweek, Time, and the Boston Globe. She has done her most acclaimed work for National Geographic, however, photographing communities as diverse as the last cave dwelling tribe in Papua New Guinea or the Indigenous people of Australia. She also did important coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In her free time, Toensing also teaches photography to young adults in impoverished communities, as well as Somali and Sudanese refugees in the US.
In a survey series for National Geographic, Toensing stated that her camera of choice was the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and it’s not hard to see why. It boasts a 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor and a ridiculously wide range ISO setting of 100-25600, meaning she can easily capture images in any kind of conditions. There’s also a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF with an Offset Array Sensor so that every shot taken is crisp and sharp. Another bonus is the Self Cleaning Sensor Unit that clears dust and other debris out of the lens and body so that it doesn’t interfere with photos. This is obviously a plus if you’re out in the world like Toensing is.
Otherwise, Toensing was a huge fan of the physical design and feel of the 5D Mark III. “It was exciting to have the 5D series come out as a woman,” she said. “The camera fits very well in my hands, and when you’re trying to do intimate work, it’s pretty low profile. Even though it’s not the fastest camera, the files are gorgeous. What good is having the biggest, fastest, highest megapixel camera if you’re not able to gain the trust of your subjects?”
Next time you’re looking for a new camera, take advice from the pros and snag an EOS.
Image source: Kauffman Center