Adobe Lightroom can easily show you a list of what digital cameras you’ve used, and with what lenses, and how many shots you took with each. When you are in the Library Module, on the left hand column, select All Photographs. While in the “tile mode” click on the Metadata link at the top. You can then choose what you want to see. I thought this was an interesting way to see what cameras I had shot the most with, and with what lenses.
In my case, the winner, by a large margin is the Canon EOS 40D. This may mean that I had that camera the longest. Or that I was doing the most shooting per day when I had that camera. One of the things that I can see is that not a single of my Powershot images made it into the print store. But I can also see that some of my most popular images were done with the first Digital Rebel. I actually flirted with digital with that camera. After using it for a while I returned it, or sold it. I don’t remember which. So many of my early images were disturbing because of blown highlights. But I did shoot RAW – and that saved me because later on, image processing software evolved to be able to deal, to some degree, with those early blown highlight issues.
That can be an embarrassing admission. But, for better or worse, I’ve made some screenshots (you can see them all if you go into the gallery) which demonstrates a slightly wayward attitude towards digital cameras. I should note that at the time of this writing I have the Canon T1i for regular shooting and the Canon XS which has been modified for infrared shots. But along the way you will see that I have experimented with a few other cameras such as the Canon 5D (too slow in focusing for my taste); and the G9 (which I know a lot of people love, but apparently I didn’t).
The Adobe Lightroom catalog has about 50,000 images, both from scanned film, and from digital cameras. I thought that first I’d post the screenshots and then see if there was any rhyme or reason to it. You might try the same thing since at the very least it will tell you which digital camera you did the most shooting with, and that is likely to be the one you have the most keepers from.
Note: You will see some odd things, such as the NIKON or the CANON 5D II (these are files from students I’ve taught. As a general rule, they have more recent cameras then I do at the time of the lesson).
Okay — and here we go.