Has it really been five years since I splurged and bought the then revolutionary new Canon EOS 7D with 18 megapixels? Since then I have taken many thousands of photos with it and still have not begun to make use of many of its features such as live view and HD Video. The technological advancements in digital cameras have been amazing since my kids took up a collection in 2000 and bought me a new state-of-the art Kodak 2 MP digital camera just as digital was starting to eclipse film, an advance Kodak jumped on too late. As I moved from 2 MP to 4MP to 6MP to 10MP and 12 MP and then to a whopping hard-drive eating 18 MP, the pictures I took seemed more and more amazing. I'm certainly not a professional photographer and I ardently want to become a better one. But the cameras I have had have brought much joy and appreciation for the wonders of nature and for the wonders of digital technology in preserving what I see around me.
Now I am trying to ease my wife, who is the family bookkeeper and billpayer, into the notion that I absolutely need, must have, the new EOS Canon Mark II with 20 MP and a bushelful of new technological doodads. The first step will be to see if I can sell my 7D to someone who is satisfied with only 18 MP and can get by without 20 MP. But hey, I'm now 82 years old plus 3 days and who knows how many more days I have. I would like to spend these days with 20 megapixels on my camera. Is that unreasonable to expect?