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March 11, 2011


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Bunny Snow

What some people don't think about when they upgrade to the latest DSLR with a higher megapixel amount is that they may need either more working and storage space on their computer, or a new computer.

The same holds true for a tripod. I have a RRS head with a L bracket. While I love my RRS and tripod, it means if I upgrade my camera, I need to up the size of my tripod head attachment, too. These are hidden costs that people on a budget often don't consider until after the fact.

So many photographers capture awesome images with older equipment than mine that I'm beginning to believe it's not the camera model that makes the photographer, but their ability to get the most from what they have. And, when the camera body they have no longer serves their needs, only then is it time for an upgrade.

Kathy Wesserling

Bunny made a good point. Each time that I traded up (from a Canon S3 to a Rebel XT to the 50D), the battery type or size changed - and of course, the charger did also. That meant the price for them and backup sets would be higher.

On the last upgrade, I also had to replace the model-specific battery pack (another additional expense.)

I don't regret making the upgrade choices, but it was a shock to discover those choices came with unexpected costs.

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