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You should only upgrade when you need to. Chances are good you won't wait that long or be that sensible. ;) So, basically, to me, it comes down to a few "tipping points" as to when "upgrading" (more realistically you may be sidegrading [e.g., crop to full frame], or expanding [e.g., adding mirrorless to a dSLR rather than replacing it]) has been worth it ...


I am going to answer this from the perspective of "want" rather than "Need" which has been handled really well by Michael Clarks answer. Unless you are a Pro and the camera is just a tool, the whole feeling of owning a new camera for enthusiasts and hobbyists, is amazing. Its equal to driving a new car straight from the forecourt. For most enthusiasts, it ...


You need to upgrade your camera when, and only when, you need a camera that can do something in particular that your current camera can not. This is not only true for your camera body but for your lenses and any other accessories that you might need in order to produce a photo you desire. The specific reasons for upgrading a camera body can be as varied as ...


As something of a Luddite, I believe a camera body should be upgraded only when the existing one limits what you can do when trying to take photographs. When upgrading camera kit, other priorities are widening the range of lenses possessed; buying better quality lenses; buying accessories that, with the existing kit to achieve the desired photographic ...


In my experience it doesn't make much difference. The time it takes your computer's CPU to render the image(s) will be much longer than the time it takes to read the file from either type of logical drive. I built my current editing machine about a year ago. It has an 8 core AMD FX-8370 running at 4Ghz, 16GB of DDR3 1600 memory, an AMD Radeon 7 200 series ...


Spend your big money on quality lenses and learn how to use them to get exactly what you want. The technical differences between FF and APS are negligible for an amateur who is not blowing images up to A1 size. And if you're shooting for a living, it's a different question... Bodies will come and go, but your lenses will serve you for many years!


Is there a "right" time to buy camera bodies, both mirrorless in my case as well as DSLRs? Yes. But like any other camera purchase decision, it will be highly individual, depending on a number of factors, such as what your budget is, what your needs are, and how much you care about specific aspects of image quality. For some people, with purchasing full ...


When you need to. That is the one and only time you need to think about it. If the answer to one or more of these questions is a Yes, then you may want to consider an upgrade... Do you need a shallower depth of field? Do you need a bazillion megapixels? Do you want to use old or specific lenses that require full frame? Is your viewfinder too small? ...


From my personal experience, the best time to buy and stay somewhat current, is to buy the previous model just as the next one is released (there seems to be a push to get new models out for NAB which happens every spring). There are often deals for Black Friday, but they are often for overstock of older models so there may not be many available. (see ...

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