Time To Upgrade?

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  1. creative_one

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    Hi Everyone,
    How do u know when its time to upgrade to a more advanced DSLR?
    How long should a person wait intill they buy a new DSLR (upgrade)?
    Any good advice?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    robertwsimpson No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    1. when the upgrade alarm goes off
    2. exactly 17 hours from the purchase of the previous DSLR
    3. these are silly questions. Besides, you should be more worried about what lenses you have and polishing your technique than upgrading to a different body.
     
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    It's time to upgrade when the body you are using is limiting you in your photography. If you're not sure, you're probably not ready ...

    For me, I've been very happy with my 8mp 30D since I got it 3 years ago. This summer, I was shooting grizzly in Alaska and, for the first time, the 8mp was limiting. My bear images were taken at about 300 yards or more, so I had to blow them up and crop them considerably. They are very noisy (even with noiseware). I'm finally thinking of an upgrade.

    For most of us mortals, it's the lenses that really count.
     
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    I am upgrading my body because I want my girlfriend to be able to shoot with me, so rather than buying her something, I'm going to do the gentlemanly thing and buy myself something nice and give her my old rags.

    icassell, I'll bet you would benefit more from a better zoom lens.
     
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    No , in this case I would have to disagree with you. I have a good 300mm f4 and a 1.4X TC . A bit less noise and this would have worked fine. The next zoom lens I could get would break the bank and wouldn't be used that often. In this setting, I'd get better service and good results from more megapixels. It's a cost-benefit thing. I'm not usually a proponent of feeding the megapixel war, but this is one setting where it makes some sense.
     
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    ah, now that I know your equipment, I agree. What ISO levels were you shooting at? Anything above 400 on my camera had better be framed perfectly and perfectly exposed. If I have to crop or brighten, they look horrid.
     
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    First off - that question just came to mind & was just wondering & stop telling me these are silly questions cause they AREN'T!!!
    It never hurts to ask! Plus how is one to know if one doesn't ask!!!

    U are right about that part. Which i am doing but like i said above the question just came to mind & was a little curious how one would know its time to upgrade to a more advanced DSLR.

    Thanks for ur post!
     
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    Yes, and I was shooting at about ISO 560 or so, if I remember correctly. Now a sigma 500mm f4.5 is only 5 grand lol
     
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    I agree -- no silly questions here.
     
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    BALLS!

    Questions are silly when the answers are readily available. This is why God gave us Google and Youtube.
     
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    Honestly, if you have the money it's time to upgrade. That's how I roll.
     
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    When there's enough room on your credit card :D
    (And you can pay it off without interest.)
     

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