What follows is a personal opinion on the topic of switching camera systems. It’s offered here as a second opinion in case you’ve been considering making a switch to a different camera system.
Bristling with megapixels and the latest features, new cameras generate lots of excitement especially when compared to a competing company’s maybe not so up-to-date or raved-about-on-the-Internet products. The introduction of new cameras generate lots of questions about switching because some people always want to have “what’s best” even if that’s a moving target.
If you’re using the same system as that dream camera, it’ll just be an upgrade so save your money and get one. If the dream camera is from another manufacturer, it produces angst but I’ve decided that I’m never going to switch camera systems no matter what items of Scheherazade delight a competing manufacturer places in front of me. If you’ve been wondering if you should switch, I’d like to offer my reasons that you might consider before melting that gold card in a roman orgy of camera and lens purchasing.
- I know how to use the system I own. I test lots of different cameras and no company does the same thing the same way. Switching means I’d have to remember that the lens mount rotates counterclockwise not clockwise and the control for exposure compensation (and near everything else) is somewhere other than what I was expecting. So maybe I’m just too lazy to learn something new (and not afraid to admit it.)
- I can’t afford it. Right now, I own three SLRs and too many mirrorless cameras, including some converted for IR capture but LifePixel*) and a lots of lenses. I’m not sure how many lenses I actually own. Maybe it’s a dozen or so but probably more. And some of these lenses are expensive, which to me means they cost more than a thousand dollars. So what am I going to do? Trade’em for new Brand X gear and get 10 cents on a dollar or put them on eBay and deal with that craziness.
- Most importantly, changing systems won’t make a difference for the kind of photographs I make. There are some photographers who work in highly specialized situations but I’m not one of them. If a new camera from another manufacturer makes your life easier, helps you make more money and you can afford to make the transition go for it. I recently watched two guys go through this process and frankly, Scarlett, it scared the hell out of me mainly because I’m such a cheapskate and can’t imagine throwing that kind of money around. But both of the guys are pros who make a living with their gear.
*You can try infrared photography yourself by having one of your old cameras that’s just gathering dust converted to IR-only operation. By using the coupon code “farace” at LifePixel when converting your camera to infrared, you can save processing time and maybe a few bucks .