Do you really need a new camera? Opinion

Yes, maybe, no, probably not.

Well, there is not a fixed answer to this, it is more of a budget choice, age of current camera gear, etc. but if you are in doubt, or like the majority of people, your budget just doesn’t give you enough leeway at the moment, then probably not.

So instead how about trying out new things with your current camera gear to spice up life a little. Maybe set yourself a monthly challenge. I am currently doing a macro month and will soon do a black and white challenge, this also will help me with my Photoshop and Lightroom skills. If you have any other ideas for themed months, please leave a comment. 

I would imagine that the majority of us really don’t need a new camera, but we are bombarded on a daily basis with new updates from the major camera makers, Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc with their new cameras, more expensive and faster lenses,  what they do and how much better they are than the models we already have. 

GAS – Gear acquisition syndrome

Even I am constantly viewing videos on you tube and blogs and Facebook posts by camera users and I am in awe at the amount of gear some photographers have, how much it must have cost them and what they they are going to buy next. Are all these people pro photographers or just do they have so much money that they have to spend it?

Sure, I would love a better camera, and some faster lenses, specially gear with faster auto focus but it is just not happening at the moment, maybe in the future after I have finished paying off the current gear I have.  

But lets just say you do go out and buy some new upgraded gear, does this make you a better photographer, probably not and as you will more than likely be out of money  and there won’t be many trips in the near future.

So the moral of the story or at least the moral of my opinion, make the most of what you have, learn to use it, what are it’s pro’s and con’s and this way you can become a better photographer, as well as learning to use an editing software. 

You can also check out my opinion on Do you need an expensive camera?

Lets Talk About Lenses

There are soooo many of them they can get a little confusing, from native lenses for your camera and third party lenses, also your budget needs to be taken in to account, etc.  the choices are a little overwhelming. gear-lenses.159d91fc463dcc02c1d452b6090633f6

I am far from an expert on lenses, after all my budget is next to nothing and the lenses for my full frame Sony camera are incredibly expensive. You might have already read other bloggers saying that if you have invested in a full frame camera you need to invest in really good lenses,  you will also see so many blog posts, vlogs, facebook posts, etc that there are lenses you just have to buy,  16-35 for wideangle landscapes, 24-70 zoom lens, 70-200 zoom lens, 100-400 super zoom, prime lenses….. these are what most bloggers say you need. But do you really?

Well, if I had the money, I might just consider some of them, but as I don’t, I have a rather heavy SEL24240. weight 27.6 oz (780 g). What does that mean? The zoom goes from 24mm to 240mm. i find this lens to be great, not excellent, but great. But why did I go for this lens. First of all living in Ecuador I am limited to what I buy, it is difficult to buy lenses, and more difficult to buy third party lenses which can be cheaper. So how did I make this choice?

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I thought about my purchase alot. After all there is a lot of money involved. But from what I think is important is what you are going to take with the lens you want to buy. So ask your self a few questions like: What do I enjoy photographing? Wildlife, landscapes, macro, travel photography, or a bit of everything, like me.

As I take a little bit of everything I found the mega zoom from 24-240 an ideal choice. Wide angle for landscapes, enough zoom for those elusive owls we have living in the tree and plenty of choice in between.

This of course is my opinion. Others will have theirs and they probably won’t agree with me, but for me, this is the perfect lens. And of course, no changing lenses to expose the sensor and fill it up with nasty dust. Win-Win.

But as most photographers say, the best camera you have is the one with you and with whatever lens you can afford. So go and shoot.

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