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How often do you upgrade your DSLR ?
Poll ended at Wed May 26, 2010 9:17 pm
Within 6 months of ownership 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Within 12 months of ownership 9%  9%  [ 3 ]
Every 12-18 months 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Every 18-24 months 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Every 2-3 Years 18%  18%  [ 6 ]
Every 3-5 Years 15%  15%  [ 5 ]
5 Years + 6%  6%  [ 2 ]
I am currently using My first DSLR 42%  42%  [ 14 ]
Total votes : 33
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:17 pm 
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How often do you upgrade or replace your existing digital SLR Camera?

(This is a general question for those of you that do upgrade)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:21 pm 
I havent voted because ive only just got into digital photography and so can only say on film slrs which probably have longer lives and dont really get outdated as easily.

I probably get a new camera every year or so though but mainly to have a play around with and will probably trade in one I already own. So that doesnt really count.

To get a new camera because I needed one? Probably every three years or so, and thats after what I think is quite heavy use (200,000 shots ish)

EDIT: When I plan to upgrade in 3 years or so, I plan to get a rarely used D300 which hopefully will be cheap by then


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:40 pm 
I have owned my D60 for 2 years now. Despite the newer D3000 and D5000 it continues to soldier on. 8)

I plan to upgrade to a D300s or the next iteration of it next year.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:41 pm 
This poll is not efficient. I voted 2-3 years,because it will take one more year before I will upgrade my dslr. I also should vote that this is my 1st dslr,but I have only one option.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:39 pm 
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I bought a second body within 12 months.

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I bought my Minolta film slr used and used it 16 years. I then had my 350D for 2.5 years before I upgraded to a 7D The 350D is now my wife's elaborate point and shoot. I expect to use the 7d for 5-10 years

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I voted for the option of using My first DSLR. I think I shall probably upgrade (keeping the existing camera) in about 3-4 years, if I do choose to upgrade it.

The reason for starting this thread as a matter of interest was because I have read the rumour articles about new cameras being released, and within 6 months of release, I see loads of people owning them. I got the impression that a lot of enthusiasts couldn't get to the shop quick enough, every time something new came out.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:45 am 
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I got the impression that a lot of enthusiasts couldn't get to the shop quick enough, every time something new came out.


This is true, which is why there are countless D200s or 40Ds etc sitting on shelves of second hand shops with a shutter count of only a few thousand waiting to be picked up at bargain prices :wink:


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Something else that would be interesting to know, would be whether professionals or non professional users upgrade the most.

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My bet is on nonprofessionals, from what I've seen.

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I think I'm settling down with kit now, but I think I've kept DSLRs bought from new for 1 to 2 years. I see upgrading as a form of preventative maintenance, as I don't hold back on using them come rain or shine. Used ones don't stick around long at all, I guess I'm distracted by the low price more than real need.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:42 pm 
I'm with Citrus here. More non-pro users are changing cameras faster than pros. (& yes,I know pros are generally more "shutter happy"...I still remember what Chase Jarvis said in Gordon's interview about weddings :D )
And the reason is simple....there's a lot more amateurs or "vacationists" than pros,so the camera demand is generally established by them.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:30 pm 
5 years sometimes more. I'm on my first DSLR since 2007, which is an XTi, and still, pros suggest me to get better lenses instead of upgrading to a newer body.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:04 pm 
I am not a frequent "upgrader" myself. I researched things to death (and then some) before I landed on FourThirds and likely won't upgrade for at least 5 years -- just makes no sense to me to get a new body when I can put money into other kit.


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Would you say that once you have your lenses sorted, that it is time to start upgrading the bodies?

I know that image quality is not always about mega pixels, but when point and shoots have higher resolutions, and DSLR manactures bring out better processors, and more features - is it not time to upgrade?

I'm not saying that the minute a manafacture brings out something new, I'd rush down to the shops to buy it, but what I am saying is, I think every so often (even if it's several years away), I would aim to upgrade, and then put my existing camera(s) into backup mode.

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