An anti-EM1 Thread - Here's why

Started Sep 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Wake up call...
In reply to Klarno, Sep 19, 2013

Klarno wrote:

There are only three groups of people who really think it's supposed to be necessary to buy the new and improved version of a camera every year:

  • Camera manufacturers.
  • Electronics retailers.
  • People who frequent camera forums.

It's not necessary. The gains from year to year are almost always marginal. Only very rarely, such as with the E-M5 or the D800, is it not marginal. The rest of the time, you can keep going with the same model of camera for a while longer.

Interesting you name the D800. I decided to stick with the D700, so even there I was not tempted to 'upgrade'. I have used a D800 and a D800E. I'm still happy with the D700.

As an aside, the owner of the 2 aforementioned D800's is a good friend of mine. He talks about his Panasonic MFT bodies and his Fuji mirrorless bodies all the time, but I asked him how often he uses his D800E the other day and he can't remember the last time he did. Personally I'm about 50/50 between the D700 and an OMD. I prefer the D700, until I have to carry it far.

We are getting to the point of the last camera we need. Sure, sensor technology will continue to be refined, better and better cameras will to come out, but we're getting a lot of diminishing returns: How many of us REALLY need to photograph black cats on coal piles by the light of the new moon? I haven't had any great compulsion to upgrade from my GH2/E-PL1, because I know the technical limitations of what I do.

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