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How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby Smirf » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:45 am

Just out of curiosity. How often do you guys/girls upgrade your camera bodies?

Im using my first DLSR baught 5 years ago or so, Samsung GX-20. I would like to go full frame some day. But having a new car + kids doesnt leave much money to be spent on camera equipment as much as I would like to.
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby 4xxxx » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:02 am

For me, when the camera stops meeting my needs or when it’s worn out from to many clicks. :)

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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby RexGig » Fri May 02, 2014 3:00 pm

The only camera bodies I have, that I bought new, are a Canon 7D, and a Nikon Coolpix A. I bought my 7D in 2010, and liked it enough that I bought a second, pre-owned 7D, to have matching bodies to use at work. These 2009-era cameras are working quite well; I feel no need to upgrade, as my employer does not have a need for large prints. (evidentiary photography, at night) Some newer Canon models may do better in low light, but I use powerful Canon Speedlites that negate any advantage a newer body may offer.

I could just as well have kept using my 40D for evidentiary shooting, but the 7D represented a significant step forward for Canon in Auto White Balance, which is very useful in mixed lighting conditions, so I do not regret the upgrade. In daylight, or when I can control the lighting, the 40D is still an excellent camera, and I plan to keep mine forever.

The Nikon A was released last year, but it being a fixed-lens compact, is not a replacement for a DSLR.

My wife feels no need to upgrade her camera. She shoots forensic/evidentary images with a Nikon D7000, which has been superseded by the D7100.

I have already started using "full-frame" DSLR cameras, for personal shooting, but I acquired them in pre-owned condition, at considerably less than half their original retail prices, after successors had been introduced. Of course, my D700 can be considered quite an upgrade to the Canon 7D, despite being an earlier-introduced model, but the point is that one need not have the latest, newest camera, nor is there a need to upgrade with each generation.
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby RexGig » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:55 pm

I just took delivery of an ancient Nikon D1x! I should start a local Canon/Nikon museum! :wink:

Actually, a large part of why I bought this quite old camera, is that it blocks less IR (infrared) than newer Nikon DSLRs, so I can dabble in IR shooting without committing to an IR-modified camera body, but some of the available-light images I have shot are actually quite pleasing. (I am awaiting delivery of my IR-pass filter.)

This does not mean I am opposed to upgrading cameras. I could certainly enjoy a D4s, D810, or 5D Mark III, but I will be upgrading lenses and flash first, and I want to see what direction my photogaphy will be going in the next year or two, as each of the cameras is best-suited to differing types of shooting.
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby shumicse » Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:45 am

For me I am just so lazy to change or upgrade of any of parts of my camera. Whenever they get old I just replaced the camera with the new one!
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby popo » Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:54 am

If we take "upgrade" as a direct replacement for something I already have... then not often. I got a 600D to replace a 450D. I'm now wondering when to get the 7D mk2 to replace the 7D. I will keep both as it is not worth selling the 7D. The 5D2... currently there are no plans to replace that. If Canon bring out a high MP body comparable in price to the D810, that could tempt me. Certainly I see no reason to look at the 5D3 or 6D.
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby Bob Andersson » Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:23 am

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Historically, quite often. My trajectory went Canon 400D (aka Rebel XTi), Canon 40D, Canon 5D MkII fairly rapidly but then I switched systems and downsized physically to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 when it was released, which I still retain as a second body, followed by the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

The E-M1 together with some of the better m4/3rds glass is as close as makes no difference to my perfect camera system, both ergonomically and technically. Gordon's review highlights its few weaknesses but, fortunately for me, non of them intersect with what I do with a camera. I still have a few lens purchases on the horizon, particularly the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro when prices drop next year, but in some ways it's a relief to step off the camera body upgrade wagon, and cheaper too!

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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby Jiko » Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:16 pm

Compacts:
2004 Dec: Sanyo Xacti J2 (defective)
2006: Sanyo Xacti S4 (used, still usable)
2009 Jan: Canon Powershot SX10 IS (sold)

DSLR:
2009 Jul: Canon EOS 500D (still usable and sometimes used)
2012 Aug: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

No reason to upgrade since then. :mrgreen:
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby RexGig » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:55 am

Well, I just added a Canon 7D Mark II, which is the first time I have been an "early adopter" of a DSLR. I was going to wait until 2015, but then learned that this new camera could AF as low as -3 EV, which could very well make my job easier at times. (I shoot evidentiary/forensic images at night.) With the other AF advances, dual card slots, cleaner JPEGs at ISO 3200, and a menu that "knows" about RT flash, it seemed reasonable enough to buy now.
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby lagnificent » Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:08 am

I've had 3 DLSR's total, but have 2 currently. I bought an entry level camera in 2010 and replaced it with a nicer one for the ergonomics in 2011. 2012, I added a full frame model. Both of my cameras were discounted due to newer models. It's been 2 years since, I don't have any plans to upgrade.
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby RexGig » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:39 am

I bought a pre-owned 5D in late 2011, and just bought a 5Ds R, so that is a four-year upgrade cycle, within the Canon 5D series. Of course, that first 5D was a discontinued model when I bought mine, whereas the 5Ds R is still current, so the true leap in model generations was greater than four years; the 5D and 5Ds R were announced almost ten years apart.

As indicated in my above replies, however, I also shoot with Nikon cameras, as well as cropped-frame Canons, that were introduced during the interim between the original 5D and the 5Ds R.
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Re: How often do you upgrade camera bodies?

Postby Bob Andersson » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:19 am

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It's been two years since my last purchase, an Olympus OM-D E-M1. Since then I've upgraded by buying new glass. Olympus, for their part, has upgraded my camera for me for free several times by adding significant new capability via firmware upgrades!

But I may be tempted in the next few months. Not to replace the E-M1 but to complement it with a Sony RX1r Mark II. The E-M1 has no problem fitting in my "hunter's jacket" for the winter months but I'm less inclined to wander around in the summer with such a large bulge in my shorts! :wink: The Sony is not exactly tiny either, of course, so I'll need to get my hands on one before I commit...

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