saea501 wrote in post #18417512
Is it just barely possible that you are now a better photographer than you were a few years ago?
This is a given. Of course I am much better now than ten years ago when I got my first DSLR. I took many classes, in person and online, learned to use the LR, learned a lot from the POTN members - the amount of collective knowledge here is just amazing. And that progress in becoming a better photographer made me acquire more and more capable cameras, as I was able to see the difference between new and old.
It is probably true that had I got a better camera than the XSi then, I would would have probably not known how to use it. But at the same time it is also true that it would have probably helped me to take better shots. Hard to say now.
One thing I know for sure (even though it is not directly related) that right off the start I should have bought the best lenses that I could afford instead of trying (relatively) inexpensive stuff. I would have spent less money over time overall. E.g., in progression, I had 55-250, Tamron 70-300 VC, Sigma 120-400 OS, and now I have the 100-400 II. Should have started with the latter right away!