First, I want to say that I enjoy technology as much as everyone else, maybe even a bit more. I also love to get something shiny and new as much as most—well, maybe more.
I have spent a lot of money on camera gear through the years. Though I have never been one to jump on the bandwagon and switch because someone says it’s a better system or because it has a few new features.
I use my camera gear as tools of the trade yet I realize the importance of knowing several camera systems as a workshop leader. Because of that, I use Canon, Olympus and Sony gear; each one bringing something different to the table.
However, as of late, some of these camera companies are making it almost impossible to keep up. They release a camera with almost all the bells and whistles. Then a couple of months later something newer, more improved comes out. How is one to keep up?
Do I need the new camera? Probably not, the reality is, we were all making great images, sell-able prints, winning awards , etc.. without the latest greatest something new. BUT if everyone else has it do they have an edge over you—maybe. But your greatest contribution to your own photography is KNOWING YOUR GEAR INTIMATELY and with all of the new updates, new cameras, new features, it is almost impossible to have enough time in the field with your camera to learn all the little nuances that can really help you in the field.
It is a dilemma that we all are facing as we want to lighten the load and take advantage of the newer, improved technology. Words of caution, only buy a camera that suits your needs…and figure out what your needs really are. Don’t buy one because it is suppose to be the best on the market—that will change quickly, it always does…
*The image was generated using WORD ART.