Here is an argument that may shut the race for new gear. President’s Trump’s official portrait was taken with a Canon 1Ds Mark III. Now, it’s a great camera, but it’s also almost a decade into the market. It was announced in august, 2007. President Obama’s portrait, on the other hand, was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II. (Obama was also the first president to have his portrait taken with a digital camera – and we owe that to Pete Souza). Obama’s second portrait, by the way, was taken with a 5D mark III (Announced March, 2012)
Here is the interesting thing though, the 5D mark II was announced on Sep, 2008, it’s actually a year newer than the 1Ds Mk III that was used to photograph president Trump.
While there may be some debates on the artistic choices of the photographer, it does not look like the camera has failed to perform its job.
Just for fun, here is a comparison of the three portraits EXIF
|Portrait||Obama (2009)||Obama (2013)||Trump (2017)|
|Camera||Canon EOS 5D Mark II||Canon EOS 5D Mark III||Canon 1Ds Mark III|
|Lens||??||EF85mm f/1.2L USM||EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM|
|Flash||Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode||Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode||Not fired|
|Software||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh||Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh||Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.5.1 (Macintosh)|
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