Most of us have made hasty purchases at one point or another, but have you ever bought something you genuinely regretted? In this video, Mattias Burling discusses five cameras he regrets buying and why.
My gear purchases these days are slow and considered, but it wasn't always that way — not by a long chalk. In fact, in the early years of my photographic career, I was hasty to act once I had something in my head. For me, the purchases I shouldn't have bought in retrospect are almost always camera bodies, but there is only really one that I regret.
My first camera was a Canon 350D, second-hand, and heavily worn. It was cheap and a great gateway into the craft. Once I had become fully hooked on photography I decided I wanted to invest in something a bit more modern and bought a Canon 550D. This wasn't necessarily a poor decision, though I wish I'd gone for the camera I bought after that, first. I quickly decided that APS-C was rubbish and that I needed a full frame camera (wrong) and so I bought a second-hand Canon 5D II. Although my reasonings were incorrect, it was a great camera and a strong purchase.
Then comes the regretful purchase. As I did with the 350D, I decided I wanted something more modern than the 5D II and so when the Canon 6D was released, I bought it. The 6D was a good camera and served me well, but it offered almost no gains for my work over the 5D II. It was a truly stupid decision and it wasn't until I have been using both bodies for a few months, side-by-side, that I realized my error and regretted making that purchase, particularly brand new.
Is there a camera you regret buying? If so, why?