Is Upgrading Your Camera Worth It?

Look, I get it. Every Photographer gets GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). But realistically, getting a new camera, is it really worth it? A lot of amateurs and hobbyist have this idea that the camera, makes the photographer. They believe a better, newer camera will make them an IG God. “Let me buy a Canon EOS R and all the likes and followers will come flooding in”. This is an actual thought with people.

Let me break it down for you. A state of the art, top of the line camera, with bad glass (lenses), is a horrible choice. If you are upgrading because the cool kids have this camera, or because fstoppers said it’s the greatest camera since the camera obscura, then you are making a bad investment. Getting a new camera when it’s necessary is a great investment! But that means you know how your current camera works completely, You have great glass. You know the ins and outs of photography and you can take great photos with an iPhone 7 if necessary.

In the best way I can put it. GETTING A NEW CAMERA WILL NOT MAKE YOU BETTER THAN YOU WERE YESTERDAY. Learning the world of photography is what makes you better. Practicing daily, makes you better. A new camera will not land you clients. A new camera will not teach you what you don’t know. Educate yourself on what you currently have, and when you are ready, Invest in some lenses.

No one is the greatest photographer in the world, But there are some truly talented photographers. If you feel your pictures are lackluster, and are missing that pizzazz that you’re trying to find. You can hand your current set up to any professional, and they can take an amazing photo with what you’re using. The act of Photography forces us to learn daily. We must try new techniques and educate ourselves as best as we can.

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I have taken the liberty to show you two different examples. Below are 2 photos I have taken. One was with a Nikon D50 that I paid $30 for on Adorama, and the other is a Nikon Z6 that I paid $2,000 for on B&H. For both cameras I kept the settings exactly the same. I kept the flash power the same as well. I used my Sigma 105mm 1.4 Lens. That lens was dubbed the “Bokeh Master” and rightfully so. Currently that lens sells for $1,599. It was an investment that has paid off. The images below practically mirror each other. Remember one was taking on a camera that is 14 years old!, while 1 one taken on a camera that is not even a year old yet. The technology in the Z6 far surpasses the D50 yet the photos still look almost identical. Why is that? Because the right settings were dialed in. The right edits were put on, even with a subject that moves with every heartbeat that pumps, the photos came out similar.

On the left is the Nikon Z6 on the right is the Nikon D50. Beautiful images come from an educated photographer, Not from your camera. While it helps when needed, an upgrade “Just because” is unnecessary. If you want to invest, invest in good glass. Learn your camera if you are unable to invest. The better you know the ins and outs, the better you will be. Photography takes time. Take your time.

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