Camera love- is the grass always greener for you?

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  1. Peeb

    Peeb Semi-automatic Mediocrity Generator Supporting Member

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    I just counted and I've been thru probably 10 or 12 cameras over the last 40 years (excluding phone cameras). DISCLAIMER- went probably 15 years without a decent camera in the middle, so I turned over cameras a bit more than that- probably one every-other-year when I'm shooting seriously.

    Almost without exception, on the day I bought them I either knew or hoped desperately that THIS camera was 'the one'- the perfect camera for me. Sometimes, this hope was temporarily realized and I would in fact shoot for years with no interest in upgrading (two good examples: my old Nikon FG-20 and my current D610). I like my current D610 more now than I did when I got it. No rose-colored goggles: it lacks some things I'd use regularly like the cool flippy-touch-sensitive screen on my old D5500 and/or the numerous benefits of mirrorless but let's be serious- the image quality of the D610 sensor is just fantastic. I seriously have no want or need for anything else as I type this.

    It won't last (for me)! The state of the art will advance I will look to spending an uncomfortable amount for a different camera that (temporarily) meets my then-current perceived needs. OR, my needs will simply change. For example, If I shifted to full-on wildlife photography only- I would start trying to figure out how to swing a D500 or (more likely) seriously consider the D7500. Heck- I've looked at the D7500 seriously recently but concluded it wasn't 'better enough' wildlife shooter (even being a crop) to warrant adding as a supplement to the D610. Still, one goes on sale or a nice used one comes along in a year or so- who knows? Nikon comes out with a 'real' mirrorless DSLR- who knows?

    I'm guessing that's pretty standard- do you have a different experience? Someone, who (for example) bought an F2 brand new years and years ago and still uses it as their main shooter? Even crazier- still shooting your Pentax K1000 from the 1970?


     
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    jaomul Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I swapped loads of canon stuff for a few years adding small money to get different types. All of them were good in their own way, the 1d mark two being one I particularly liked using, but by the time I got one sensor tech was better and I knew better results were possible in lower light etc.

    When I went Nikon the d7100 was good, but lacked a little something, but the d7200 is a camera that I think I'll have an awful long time. I did recently add a d610 as I wanted fullframe. They each get as much use and I can honestly say if I had to give up one I'd keep the 7200. The 610 is ultimately a better imager, but the 7200 is a better camera
     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If were still using film I would still be using my Mamiya RZ67, Leica M6 and Nikon F5 and F3. I can't imagine what more I would need in a camera. If it hadn't broken, I would probably still be using my Nikon D80. If I hadn't gotten so old I would still be using my Nikon D7100 and 7000. But I did abandon film, my D80 did break and I'm too old to haul around all that Nikon stuff. Perhaps the Fuji Mirrorless will go the distance. I hope so.
     
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    benhasajeep No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have always seen cameras as a tool. And tools often get better as time goes by. I have kept a lot of older equipment, and let go of equipment. It really boiled down to if I don't get much for it. I'm just going to keep it and put on a shelf.

    One's that got away - Nikon Coolpix 900, 950, 6006 (had 2, now 1), F3hp (I regret selling), F4s, D50 (given to family member), Canon 20D, Bronica SQ, SQ-A, SQ-AI (was new in box never used it, and sold it. Really regret that one).

    I have kept all my MF Nikons as their value was not that high back when I was moving up the camera chain. I have even added to them just recently buying a FA. I go through all my gear cleaning them (little better than dusting). And I still check things out make sure they are still working. I have a boat load of speedlights and I try and fire them off every 3 months or so. And that normally gets me to cleaning / checking the seldom used stuff.
     
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  5. Peeb

    Peeb Semi-automatic Mediocrity Generator Supporting Member

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    Yeah, speaking of gifting to family members, I've sent off the following in the last couple of years to loved ones:

    • D40 (ultra-dated tech);
    • D5500 (still a really nice imager);
    • nikon 35mm 1.8 DX
    • nikon 18-55 lens (non vr)
    • nikon 33-300 dx zoom.
    I just figured if I could get some other folks 'hooked' on photography I'd have more folks to have fun with!
     
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    SCraig Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Technology changes quickly so if you chase the latest and greatest it's going to be a never ending journey. If the journey is what matters then that's great, there's nothing wrong with that as long as the expense isn't pushing aside something else you need.

    I tend to start looking at something new when what I have won't do what I want any longer or when things advance to the point that what I'm using is archaic. I keep thinking I'd like a D500 but my D7100 is still working fine, something will come along to replace the D500 that I'd rather have, and I don't mind waiting a little longer.
     
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    I waited 10 years before upgrading the D40. Now it has a new like in Tulsa.
     
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    john.margetts No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have two opposing attitudes here.

    I collect cameras and have over 50 of them. There are quite a few more I intend to buy when the opportunity arises.

    My main user is a Canon 80D and that will get replaced when it stops working.

    Sent from my 8070 using Tapatalk
     
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    Yes, I still shoot with my K1000 from 1980 and well all my Pentax 35mm cameras as well as many other film cameras (have well over 200 in my collection dating back to 1905). Let's see, last NEW camera I bought was in 1996, a Canon A2E and of course I still shoot with that one too.
     
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    I was using a Minolta X370 in high school. But I wanted a K1000 something bad. I learned on a Pentax ME Super. But something about the K1000? Don't know why.
    Ended up going Nikon. Go figure.
     
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    Ha ha! Mine landed in T-town as well!
     
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    Ha ha! You win as the guy who NEVER chases the tech in lieu of artistic vision.

    I kinda wish I still had my Canon Canonet GIII 1.7 rangefinder, but I gotta admit even though it was beautiful and quiet image maker, it was a devil to focus (especially if you had no vertical lines to watch) - even for my young-man eyes back when!
     

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