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Welcome to yet another issue of CRPhotography's Photography Discussions! In this series, we aim to promote a specific discussion topic for the month. We want to hear your opinions, engage with you about them, and see you engage with each other as well! So here's a new topic of this series:


Buying new gear:


  • When do you decide you need new gear, or to update "old" gear?
  • What is the most expensive item you've purchased related to photography?
  • How do you research new gear to purchase, where do you look, what do you search for before making the purchase?
  • How do you decide what you need versus what you want, what is necessary to improve versus what you can get by without?


We all have to buy new gear at some point, this month I've pointed out a few key questions surrounding this topic for you to answer!
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morbidman187 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
When do you decide you need new gear, or to update "old" gear? Really it is mostly when I can afford to or can justify the need to for work. Which is mostly storage related or some smaller piece of gear that will be used often. 

What is the most expensive item you've purchased related to photography? Besides my camera and lenses it would have to be my flash. 

How do you research new gear to purchase, where do you look, what do you search for before making the purchase? I tend to always look at Youtube and amazon to see reviews and learn as much as I can and how it will look and act. After that since I don't just trust those I start searching the internet to see if I can find anything that would make me caution buying something. Some gear has been much easier to decide on though if I know someone I trust uses it and I can talk to them about it. 

How do you decide what you need versus what you want, what is necessary to improve versus what you can get by without? I know what the limits of what I have can do and most of the time just try to make those work the best I can or know I have to improve myself, not my gear. Everything else is mostly want, there is a priority to my list of wants based on what I think would be more useful to me, how often I would use it and how much I can afford to spend at a time when I may have extra money. 
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
When do you decide you need new gear, or to update "old" gear?
When the old gear stops working (eg - drop camera in sea water), or can't even begin to do the job (new DSLR to add video functionality)

What is the most expensive item you've purchased related to photography?
Mid-range DSLR body (Sony a57). I struggle get my head around camera kit worth more than a small car! I would love an a7s, but with a lens, that's two months gross salary. Mmm. Maybe not.

How do you research new gear to purchase, where do you look, what do you search for before making the purchase?
Lots of internet research - in particular I like dpreview. Avoid pixel-peeping on lenses, and think about what you are going to do with the images you take. I don't print A0 posters, so I don't need 50MP cameras with Zeiss glass, nice as both of those are.
If you look around, there are some really sweet price-performance spots, where you can get everything you need for only a small premium.
I have a couple of second hand lenses, and they're good value for money.

How do you decide what you need versus what you want, what is necessary to improve versus what you can get by without?
My mantra is that a creative piece has three 'dimensions' - talent, time, and technology. There is no use investing in tech if you have neither the time nor talent to use it. If you are running into a tech barrier - slow response from an old bridge camera, lenses without the the reach/ breadth/ speed/ FoV ... that you need from them, etc - then get something that will give you room to grow into. Otherwise, take the time to use what you have to it's fullest.
Right now, the video world is hyping 8K. I am still more than adequately served at 1080p. Let me learn to tell stories, to shoot well. And let someone love my work enough to throw money at it, and I will happily look at an upgrade!

My R0.02
Grant H
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