Why I think the D3x is a relative bargain

Started Dec 4, 2008 | Discussions thread
Micro32
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Re: 18 month rule reflects technology more than usability.
In reply to digital4dummies.com, Dec 5, 2008

digital4dummies.com wrote:

Early adopters who whine about paying a premium for something like
this need to be realistic.

Dave, you need to start including an explanation of the '18-month
rule' in the very first chapter of your books as this will eliminate
a lot of heartache for your readers that get emotionally attached to
their camera bodies. Once they realize that the dSLR body is the
only throwaway item in their kit, this logical approach to dSLR
ownership would surely have cut down on the noise in this forum once
they embraced 18-month rule. Anyway, can't wait to see your D3x book.

Thanks. I see your point, but my job is to get people excited about
using their new cameras, rather than depressed about how briefly
they'll be "the latest thing." I hope they'll go out and take
pictures rather than sit there trying to figure out the menus and how
to work the thing.

I agree that the 18 month rule reflects technology more than usability, but the common dSLR is considered a throwaway piece of consumer electronics like the cellphone and iPod. We're not talking about the good old days of film were a camera body lasts a lifetime. I still enjoy shooting my Nikon FE.

I probably could spend more time emphasizing the importance of wise
lens choice, because most of us upgrade cameras a lot more often than
we upgrade lenses. Those who must always have the newest technology
will learn about the 18-month rule, the 12-month rule, and the "Your
camera will be 'worth' 25 percent less in six months rule" on their
own.

It's not about having the newest technology, it's about enjoying your kit to the max over the course of your photographic lifetime and getting the best out of your lenses without wasting excessive money over this period. It's cheaper to sell off older models while they still have value and put the money towards a newer dSLR that has better performance.

I suspect that the "latest/greatest" folks are having fun in the
midst of their agony. And I'm surprised at the number of people who
continue to enjoy their "old" cameras long after 18 months have
elapsed. I still use my D70 regularly (it's been converted to IR);
my D40 and D60 are invaluable as backup cameras; and my D2x is the
mainstay in my studio. I will admit, though, that I am hopelessly in
love with my D3 and expect the D3x to be equally as charming. The
latest thing does have some advantages.

The 18 month rule gives folks maximum enjoyment over a longer period of time than getting emotionally attached to a single body and than agonizing about the newer body they want, but can't afford because they don't want to spend another $5,000 because they don't want to sell off the old one and put those funds towards the new body. It's best to recycle instead of throwing the old body in a closet. Of course, if you have a viable use and realize this, keep it and shoot with it till it falls apart. We've witnessed the circus around the D3x price by people that think the D3x price is too high. It is dirt cheap once you put into perspective what you will get out of it over 18 months.

Once one accepts the fact that the dSLR body is disposable they will have more time to enjoy taking pictures or writing books or whatever instead of wasting time agonizing over the price.

And yes, I agree with your feelings on the D3 as I feel the same way about mine.

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