DSLR workhorse?

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  1. cal_gundert05

    cal_gundert05 TPF Noob!

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    So, I may be in the market for a DSLR in the coming months, but I don't want to buy something that I end up replacing in a few years.

    Is there a particular DSLR on the market that you think will be around "forever"? Or, are DSLR's still in their infancy, and should I wait for a while longer before buying one?

    Thanks. :)
     
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    Well, there will be still some major improvements in coming years ... hopefully: increased dynamic range, less noise, less power consumption, ...

    How soon you want a new camera then, depends on your personality ;) .. and the type of shooting you do. For outdoor you want increased dynamic range often, for low light you want less noise at high ISO, and less power consumption is what you need for lengthy travel in the wild.

    In terms of Megapixels not much more is needed, since lenses are the limiting factor when it comes to anything towards 20 MP. And development in lens technology happens on much longer time scales.

    [edit:] I would guess there will be some saturation regarding key technology within the next 5 years. most things thereafter might be just further gadgets not really needed and no core improvements.

    This is all just me guessing of course ;)
     
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    The metal-bodied Nikons (D100, D200) feel indestructible. Haven't found out if they can survive a drop and hope I never do, though. The lifetime of the electronics inside is probably the weak link - I had a very solid Olympus before the Nikons that just up and stopped working one day, still haven't figured out why.
     
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    Don't worry about it. DSLR's are like computers now, disposable. No matter what you'll be swapping it out for a better camera in 1-2 years.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Each of my last 4 computers lasted between 4 to 5 years ... my current one is 4 years old and it got was a memory upgrade recently. :)
     
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    I've had my 20D for a couple of years now and still have no intention of changing it. It works superbly well and takes stunning images.

    I would love to get a 1 series but that's a whole lot of cash to spend.

    Cameras are falling in price all the time. Quality is increasing...... Buy when you can and don't think about what you'll lose or how the next will be better..... That is justy the way it will always be!

    Regards
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    Maybe you should start looking at Macs. ;)
     
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    Oh darn... you beat me to it.... hehehe...
     
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    Whether you 'must' replace something is up to you. Lots of people still use 4x5 film cameras.

    If you want a DSLR, buy it and use it. Otherwise you will always be waiting for the absolute camera to come out. It will, just about the time tha patent office closes.
     
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    When I was looking, I looked around for a used one in my price range, what was Least available -more to the point- and then bought a D200.
    I thought that if no one was letting go of them then they must be ok. They Are!! I haven't tried but I'm told a Tiff of about 20 megs is acceptable just about anywhere (10mpxls) so i don't see me getting rid of mine either. mike
     
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    D200 :thumbup:


    It's an amazing workhorse, but it's not top of the line and I'm sure you'll upgrade at some point.
     
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