When you're first starting out in photography, the temptation to buy that top-of-the-line, five-dimensional autofocus, spacetime-warping camera is strong (that temptation never actually goes away), but there's a better way to go about things. This great video examines how to think about buying your first real camera.
Coming to you from James Popsys, this helpful video examines how you should think about buying a first serious camera. You've likely heard that it's not good to buy an expensive camera that's far more than your current capabilities command, which remains sound advice. I think it's particularly important to consider if you're planning on making money from photography and/or the purchase will place financial stress on you. It takes time to build a viable photography business, and the vast majority of the time, you don't need that monetary burden to be successful. But as Popsys mentions, it's not only this, but the fact that the camera is only a small part of the financial investment in photography, which includes lenses, stands, filters, lights, and most importantly, education. In retrospect, I actually appreciate that my first DSLR was a Canon Rebel; I learned far more by having to learn to shoot with its limitations than I would have had I simply bought a top-of-the-line model.
Lead image by David Bartus, used under Creative Commons.