Is it time for you to upgrade your camera?
This is a question I often get asked. There is no right answer to this question as it is completely a personal decision but this is the advice I give.
Instead, I challenge you to answer these three questions before you go out and make any new purchases.
No.01Why do you want to upgrade?
Don’t upgrade your camera just because another photographer who you think is better has a nicer camera than you. Remember it isn’t the camera that makes the amazing photos it’s the photographer. Yes, the camera helps especially in low light situations but if you don’t know how to use it then your photos will end up looking exactly the same as they do with your current camera.
Avoid camera envy the best you can. It can be dangerous and expensive.
No.02What can the new camera do that your current camera can't?
This is probably one of the most important questions you need to be able to answer. If you can say, I want (insert camera name) because it can do x, y, and z that my current camera can’t do then yes, you may be ready to upgrade. You need to be able to list what the new camera is capable of doing. Why upgrade if you haven’t maxed our your current camera’s capabilities.
So when you pick up your camera, how do you feel restricted? What is it about your current camera that is holding you back from capturing the type of images you want?
It’s so easy to look at other photographer’s work and ask what camera they have and head off to buy it. But you and I both know it isn’t the gear that made that photo amazing. It’s the photographer and HOW they use their gear, light, composition, and editing.
No.03Would purchasing a higher quality lens be a better investment?
Camera bodies tend to lose value over time. However, a lens holds its value much better than a camera body. Often times, when drooling over another photographer’s work it may actually be the lens that is achieving that beautiful image and not that specific camera body. A lot of people say invest in lenses prior to upgrading camera bodies. I think this is great advice.
If you are unable to answer question two but are itching for new gear, I would suggest it may be best to invest in a new lens instead or a course to better understand your camera.
When trying to decide what lens to purchase next, figure out what it is you like to photograph and which lens will help you get the look you want.
Then rent the lens. Yes, rent it. I am guilty of buying a lens because a lot of my photography friends had it. I loved the images they captured with their macro lens so I bought one too.
Big mistake. I don’t enjoy macro photography. I now had an expensive lens sitting on my shelf collecting dust. I wish I had rented it first.