Is Your Camera Good Enough?

category: Photographers • 2 min read

In today’s world, almost every new camera is good enough for most of commercial works. Both the Nikon D5100 and the Canon T3i blow the socks of the Nikon D2x or the Canon 1DsMk2, not only in resolution, focusing, ISO but also in flexibility, flash integration…

Often the problem is not the camera but the “knows best” customer that requests/requires a certain camera! A few years ago, I even had a “could be” client say:

I’d prefer if you use Nikon. They are the best…

Every wedding photographer has been asked by the customer what kind of camera and which equipment they use. Not only individuals but companies do the same.

Getty of Getty Images has a list of the cameras that are “good enough.” Is your camera on the list?


  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1Ds
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark VI
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
  • Canon EOS 1D
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon EOS 30D


  • Nikon D90
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D3X
  • Nikon D300S
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D2X


  • Leica M8.2
  • Leica M8
  • Leica X1


  • Olympus E3


  • Pentax K7
  • Pentax K20D


  • Sony Alpha D-SLR A900

Note that many new cameras are missing such as:

  • Canon 1DMk4!
  • Canon 60D
  • Nikon D7000
  • Olympus E5
  • Pentax K5
  • Leica M9!
  • Sony Alpha 850

and many more…

What does this all mean?

  • This list applies to Getty Images and not to iStockPhoto.
  • The images submitted to Getty must be uncompressed 47.5-52 MB TIFF files, (flattened, with no layers, paths or channels), 24 bit RGB Color, 8 bits per channel (8 bit file). Getty does not accepts RAW files.
  • All photos must be tested against the “Getty Images Preflight Tool” to test the TIFFs against the parameters set out in the Submission Requirements. The “Getty Images Preflight Tool” converts the TIFF files to JPEGs that are then submitted to Getty Images.
  • I defy anybody to identify a camera by looking at a photo. You cannot identify a Canon 1DsMk3 from a Canon T3i or a Nikon D3x from a Nikon D3100.
  • There’s a visible difference between a “kit” zoom lens and a “real” lenses.
  • Why does Getty uses a list? It’s mostly because of the “Getty Images Preflight Tool.” It takes “quite a while” for Getty to develop the profiles to convert to JPEGs.