HOW LONG ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY FOR REFINEMENTS VS? INNOVATION?
How willing are you to let the NEXT GENERATION (which only has very minor changes) suck you in?
First as some know, I used to be the ultimate upgrade earthling. It did not matter what it was in the photography gear arena, I was going to upgrade because I was going to upgrade. I mean there used to be a time when an upgrade WAS AN UPGRADE. But today anymore it seems like you get a couple of megapixels, a control moved to another place, or a new menu item is added that more than likely you will never use.
So what’s going on? I keep seeing new camera models, it seems, every few months. It is becoming almost impossible to keep track of all the bodies and lenses and accessories. I mean stop with the gear Nikon & Canon and upgrade your year old cameras and lenses with firmware. It used to be with film cameras that new models came out every 5 to 10 years. Have we not reached a point where camera companies should concentrate on really innovative stuff creating exciting advances in their product lines?
Fuji has been around a very long time. They have always produced great products, but now in the digital age they have taken their models that came out two years ago and have continued to upgrade them with firmware which brings them up close to their new products coming in. Now that is customer service. They have had some innovative, photographer oriented thinkers in their midst and are really giving the market desirable products. Fuji Xpro1, xe2, and X100s info.
Olympus has been very innovative and forward thinking and while they too have produced a lot of models, the current top camera in the line the Omd-E1 is a fantastic offering two years after the Omd-E5 came out. They made lots of changes making it a worthwhile upgrade. But it remains 16mp. That is a smart way to go. Tech info here
It isn’t that the Big Guys, Nikon and Canon fail to make good products that enable photographers to take great pictures. It is the fact that every camera seems to be the same old thing with a few spritzes of glitter to make you think it is so different than what you already have.
The most important thing to remember that there is no shame in not upgrading. There needs to be a significant reason to do so. Fuji, Olympus and Sony have taken the path of very functional and innovative upgrades. For the other systems I mentioned, you would be better off buying better glass, or taking our Adobe Lightroom class, or taking one of our part day or 3 day workshops. Of course we are Blue Ridge Photography Workshops. Our blog site RIGHT HERE.