Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In Praise Of Canon EOS10D

The following seven old images from my collection are posted to pay tribute to my first ever digital SLR (Canon EOS 10D) that I owned. Since then, I have owned six successive models of Canon bodies. I pay tribute because even at 6MPEG, this camera still beats my latest acquisition (1DS Mark III at 21 MPEG). To this day I believe that this old body captures the sharpest, the most detailed, the most natural and the truest skin tones of a subject. Judge for yourself!
Five years back, on an assignment for the WWF, the camera’s body suffered a crack when I fell and it hit a boulder while shooting wild elephants in the jungles of Gedu/Pasakha. The lens that was mounted on it - Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM also cracked open and the front glass came apart. But I taped it up and the lens works as good as new. Because I love this body so much, I sent it to the Canon factory in the US to have the camera’s casing replaced. It cost me close to US$500.00 for the replacement as well as charges for its return delivery to me. Since its return to me, I have not shot a single frame with the camera - for fear that it might break my heart to discover that my camera does not capture images as beautifully as it used to. But one of these days I am going to pull it out from storage and give it a test run!

Regardless of whether it performs as well as it use to, this one is NOT FOR SALE. This is an object that gave me so much pleasure. More importantly, it is my belief that this camera body is partly the reason why I remained focused on photography as my chosen vocation.

As a further tribute and for the enjoyment of the viewers, I am not embedding the copyright mark on these seven images :)


  1. Kuzuzangpola, I like ur photographs though i do not know anything about photiography.

    Is it necessary to have good gadgets for good photographs?

    Keep up uploading photos la.

  2. Hi YLT
    Yes, you do need a good set of equipment so that your creativity is not limited by the poor performance of an inferior tool :)

  3. I love your love for your cameras, no wonder your works are so great.

    I have linked your work on my Facebook wall, so that many Bhutanese get the preventive of knowing you and your great work.

    Please display only the current uploads on the front page (I can help if you like me to) so that my broadband package last longer (ha ha ha). Thank you for your photography !

  4. I clearly remember you telling me that EOS 10D is the best Canon SLR camera for aspiring photographer like me!

    I have also keen interest in photography and I do enjoy taking photographs. I am proud that I didn't make mistake in buying the model you mentioned with the exact lens (128-135mm).

    It is very interesting to know that EOS 10D is not that bad comparing to latest models except the Mega pixels.

    THANKS! I can offer you a free web hosting for your independent photo blog ( if you ar einterested in owning one!


  5. Hi Anonymous,
    Thanks for your comment and also for your offer to design and host a free website for my photos. The thing is that I do not have the time to think about it at the moment. I know that a proper website will take lot of time to organize - to organize the images in categories and such. That is a lot of work and I have a huge collection of images. It will take months to go through the images and organize them in order of date, subject, category and such. Every time I think of organizing my photos ... I give up. There are just too many of them.

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