Do You Really Need to Upgrade Your Camera?

It seems like new camera gear comes out at a breakneck pace, with another major step forward always lurking just around the corner. As such, it can be really tempting to pull out your credit card and hit the "buy" button. Is it really necessary to upgrade, though? This excellent video discusses the issue a bit and why you might be better off waiting a while.

Coming to you from Courtney Victoria, this awesome video discusses why upgrading your camera gear is not always necessary. No doubt, it can be exciting to get a new camera or lens, and if you can afford it, there is certainly nothing wrong with enjoying new gear. Where things often go awry, however, is when people assume that it is a deficiency in gear rather than technique or creativity that is causing them to not get the images they want. While it is occasionally true that a new lens or camera will enable images that would not be possible otherwise, the vast majority of the time, you would be better off investing in education or heading out to practice a bit more. 

Check out the video above for the full rundown from Victoria.

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Tom Reichner's picture

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I could definitely benefit from an upgrade to a premium mirrorless camera, as the Animal Eye Autofocus would allow me to produce far more keepers than I produce now. But I will probably need to wait a couple years, as the cameras I want ares till kind of new, and I always wait until a model has been out for several years, so that I can find a good deal on a heavily used body. I'm just hoping that in 2 or 3 years, used prices on Sony models with Animal Eye Autofocus drop significantly.

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Stvart Klœ's picture

Wow. So, it makes sense that she’s a landscape photographer, because I can’t think of anyone else who would have the patience to get such a huge number of shots, A roll and B roll, and spend however long editing. That video must have taken her a ton of work. Great work to her, and glad this was posted.

Tom Reichner's picture

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"huge number of shots"

Hmmmm.

Wildlife, wedding, and sports action photographers frequently come away with 2,000 to 3,500 shots per day. That's normal for pros on an average day for those genres. Just sayin'.

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Stvart Klœ's picture

I think you missed that I was referring to video, hence the comments about “A roll” and “B roll”. Not trying to be rude, but perhaps it’s not all that important to correct people in that manner?

To help clarify things for those who haven’t worked creating that kind of video content: it can be hard to appreciate the amount of work that went into those mere 8 minutes she put together. She seemed to be producing solo without a camera operator, and she set up bucketloads of angles, pieces to camera, quick B-roll clips, jokes, faux “walking through the forest” clips, etc.

Each new shot requires the same amount of setup, regardless of if it’s a 2 second clip or a 20 second clip.

And the amount of editing to string them all together would have taken its own age as well.

She worked really hard to create that video and I find that impressive.

Tom Reichner's picture

Thank you for clarifying.

Shaun Madill's picture

She’s great.

Robert Teague's picture

Going mirrorless really isn't a trend; it's the direction that all camera makers are going. DSLR support is slowly becoming non-existent from them.

KDB .'s picture

I'm sure you aren't a Canon or Nikon DSLR user, are you?
Using Canon bodies since 2008, they have an EXCELLENT customer service for DSLR (5DIV here).

Robert Teague's picture

Regardless, the industry is moving to mirrorless. There are no more DSLR's in the pipeline.

David Pavlich's picture

If there's a genre that doesn't need all of the whiz bang stuff the latest mirrorless cameras offer, it's landscape photography. About the only thing I can think of that would help a bit is the latest sensors to get a little more dynamic range. Really, since most of the shooting is done under fairly controlled environments, the latest focusing stuff and amazing burst rates aren't a necessity. A D810 is a terrific landscape camera and it's an 'antique' by today's standards.

But, if you're a person that shoots moving subjects, the focusing abilities and the burst rates we can get now make an upgrade a lot less stressful. I bought an R5 a couple of months ago and the focus alone made the jump from the 5DIV worth it. So, if this is your style of shooting and the budget's there, upgrading is not a bad thing.