Sunday 6 November 2016

Jumping ship

This might be a bit of G.A.S.

I am always reading on forums and blogs about photographers jumping ship to another manufacturer.

I know each one replaces their line-up at a different pace. Bringing improvements and new features before the competition.
But invariably they all catch up.

So what would tempt someone to sell all of their Canon kit for example, to be replaced by Nikon or Sony etc?

Pro quality lenses hold their value well, so selling them wouldn't incur too much of a loss. Camera bodies though don't fare so well. And the manufacturer specific accessories, they may not find a new home. Why not wait until the upgrades or improvements come to your system? That way you will only be looking at a new body.

Pro photographers can do the maths. They write off their equipment over the years. They can calculate how long it would take to recoup the cost of the change by work generated from having the new feature or ability. They use it more heavily, so could look at it as partly replacing old kit.

But what about amateurs? I replaced my camera body for one that had better ISO performance, higher resolution and I must admit to a bit of G.A.S. But I made sure it was going to be compatible with existing lenses and accessories. Otherwise it would have been too expensive. I have also gotten use to the layout and menus. There were some new features, or different ways to set it up. But no big changes.

Had I swapped manufacturers it would have almost been like starting again.

There is an upside to this. There is plenty of used last generation equipment for sale. For when I convince myself I need a newer camera.

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