When Do You Upgrade?

June 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last week I wrote about Prime Lenses vs Zoom Lenses and my wish for a prime lens.  This week let’s discuss when you upgrade your equipment.  I’m sure everyone is aware of the saying:
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


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So do you upgrade your equipment on a schedule?  In other words, at regular intervals whether it needs to be or not?  Or do you upgrade when you need to, after your equipment no longer works?  And when you upgrade, is it a true upgrade?  If you are using an APS-C Camera, will you move up to a Full Frame camera?  There are definite benefits to full frame cameras as well as disadvantages:

--Cost of a full frame camera is the biggest hinderance.
--If you’ve used APS-C Cameras and have a multitude of APS-C lenses those will not fit a full frame camera.


These are all factors to take under consideration when deciding when to upgrade.  Before the move to digital format from film, photographers held onto their camera bodies for years if not permanently; or at least until their cameras no longer worked.  Camera makers made their profit from lens purchases and not necessarily from upgraded bodies. 


I certainly understand that ALL companies need to remain profitable; and one way to stay in the black is to ensure repeat and returning customers.  How does a company do this?

One way is to offer upgrades to prior products on a schedule and hope that some customers will take the bait and purchase the new equipment, especially now that digital has taken over the industry.


There is always some new tech to add to a product.  
Increasing megapixels is the biggest improvement one can make.


Is that enough to draw previous owners to upgrade?  And what about when you purchase an upgrade and the new camera uses a new storage system.  Memory cards change and that means when you purchase a new camera you’re old memory cards will no longer work.  These are all factors to take under consideration when deciding if and when to upgrade.


What is your opinion on upgrading your photography equipment?



In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.



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