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Apr 17, 2013 21:37 |  #1

It's amazing how equipment changes in one's eye when you go from amateur to earning money.

They really have become tools and if they're not up for the job just get the ones that you need. It's all about the product not the "fancy toys."


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Apr 17, 2013 21:53 |  #2

I would agree......my camera bodies are about 7 or 8 years old now and I just can't justify an upgrade because they do everything I need them to do. In order to maximize profits, when it comes to equipment I buy the absolutely cheapest thing that will still get the job done......this generally means I rarely buy new and the latest and greatest is usually avoided. Everything I buy must earn it's keep as quickly as possible :)




  
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Apr 17, 2013 22:53 |  #3

You upgrade when what you have is holding you back from doing what you want to do or what the job entails, or even if it allows you to expand. I have the latest and greatest because it's what's needed for the job, not to say it's the newest out there or nice and shiny - it's what's needed. Need will always trump anything else, don't have it in the bag to do the job you want to do then get it, have what you need then don't, by the end though you usually have a pretty "impressive" (i.e. extensive) gear list.


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Apr 18, 2013 12:03 |  #4

jra wrote in post #15839938 (external link)
I would agree......my camera bodies are about 7 or 8 years old now and I just can't justify an upgrade because they do everything I need them to do.

right, if you get the best from the start why upgrade




  
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Apr 18, 2013 23:49 |  #5

MJPhotos24 wrote in post #15840121 (external link)
You upgrade when what you have is holding you back from doing what you want to do or what the job entails, or even if it allows you to expand. I have the latest and greatest because it's what's needed for the job, not to say it's the newest out there or nice and shiny - it's what's needed. Need will always trump anything else, don't have it in the bag to do the job you want to do then get it, have what you need then don't, by the end though you usually have a pretty "impressive" (i.e. extensive) gear list.

I think you've put it quite nicely......it all comes down to need. My goal is to buy the least expensive option that meets my needs.....anything more is simply a waste of money. Just a few weeks ago I was talking to my GF about how I found it somewhat funny that so many people assume that I have the the latest in cutting edge technology when it comes to cameras when in fact, they are often light years ahead of me when it comes to camera bodies.....I can only dream of shooting at ISO 3200 and beyond while they are doing it without a second thought. The biggest difference is that I also have access to all kinds of lighting and lens options......and proper lighting will trump high ISO's every time :)




  
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