This question rankles the mind of every serious photographer ? Before considering this question, let us analyse the reasons for upgrading the gear :
1. Change in technology for better picture quality
2. Inadequacy of the gear for your photography
3. simply getting fed-up of the camera and gear you have
4. Mine should always be better than my neighbour’s / friends gear
Now let us take the reasons one by one. If you are upgrading just because of change in technology, then always remember that technology changes so often that if you are to keep pace with it then you should be a moneybag. The technology of today is outmoded within a very short span of time. Hence just for the sake of technology do not change your gear often. Use the gear you have fully, explore its various facilities fully. And only when you have mastered the equipment you have, then you may opt for higher technology.
The second reason, inadequacy of the gear, stems out of impulse buying of the camera. Without first ascertaining your requirements do not rush to buy the camera. For example, if you want to go in for wild-life photography then you may have to go for high zoom lenses with camera capable of shooting higher frames per second. Discuss the purchase with your friendly camera dealer, or photography Guru before you put your money on it.
Some people change the gear just because they get fed-up of using the same old camera very quickly. Such people also buy things on impulse. Think for a while, do you really require to change the gear, if your work requires it, then only change.
The fourth reason, i recently came to know from one of our friends from Kolhapur, who was recounting an encounter at a camera shop in Kolhpaur. A well-to-do person rushed into the shop and said give me the latest camera and lens. The dealer gave him the combo kit of latest offering from a camera company. When he saw two kit lenses he brushed them aside and said ” no, not these lenses…..my neighbour has a half meter long and big diameter lens and i want that…….only………no matter what it costs !!” This person may not even know how to hold a camera, but only because he has oodles of money, he is buying it…! Never, never do it… !
Some people change the lens so often that in the process they loose lot of money. If you are going in for higher zoom then wait, think about it for a minute. For example if you are upgrading from 55-250 mm to 70-300 mm, then what you are getting is just 50 mm extra, which will not make much difference.The 50 mm difference can be made up by walking few paces up to the thing you are shooting. This will also keep you fit…!!! But if one is upgrading to more higher mm lens or for better and sharper lens with lower aperture , then the matter is different.
Lastly, before buying camera and lots of lenses, take all pros and cons of that particular brand into account, as buying camera with lots of lenses can be compared to marriage………..once you choose your model then you are stuck-up with it for long…long time, unless you are ready to pay the price !!!