It’s no secret how I feel when it comes to new technology. Whether it’s cameras, cell phones, iPads, computers, or even new lenses, I am a techno-addict to say the least. I always want the latest and greatest gear, even when most of the time I don’t need it.
I was walking through a camera shop the other day, and noticed that the old (*wink wink*) Canon 60D was on sale at a spectacular discount, priced to clear. Next to it sat the newer 70D, gleaming in all it’s glory. I swear there was a beam of light shining down on it from the sky, and I’m sure I could hear angels singing. I checked it out and compared it with the 60D, and upon looking over the 70D and doing a bit of research online, it got me to do some serious thinking about myself and my attitudes towards technology.
There are those people who absolutely have to have the newest gear, and others who are more content to use what they have until it is no longer useful. There are also people who are more than content to purchase “older” or used gear, and thereby pay a great price as opposed to buying new. I am one of the people who likes to purchase new equipment only, and up until my experience in the camera store with the 60D and 70D, I had never considered buying an “older” model, even if it was brand new (as opposed to used). I personally don’t need things like HD video recording on my digital SLR, and while there are a few upgraded features available on the newest models of cameras, many of them are features I didn’t know existed or never felt I needed to have. When you really think about it, a camera does what it has always done, take photos – and all I want to do is photography.
Camera manufacturer’s these days walk a very fine line (as do most technology manufacturers). With all of the advancements in technologies and electronic parts becoming less and less expensive, manufacturers are able to deliver new models once a year. This is great because the world is now offered the newest technology more frequently, but it’s also a bad thing because they wind up making their own products virtually obsolete more quickly. This is by no means meant to encourage anyone seek out older gear or last-year camera models; there will always be early-adopters and those who need to have the latest gear, just as there will always be a market for those who prefer to buy used. However, all this got me thinking that the cost savings in buying a new, “last-year’s” model of camera is significant, especially when the new feature differences are either minimal or not necessary to me. When you think about it, how long would a brand new 60D last you if you bought it today? Most likely several years at least, so why not save a few hundred bucks over the newest model?
Now, I’ll probably always be the type of person who buys the newest gear, it’s just in my techno-nature. But now I’m at least open to the possibility of checking out the older models, particularly when the savings are significant and the new features just aren’t warranted (for me). It’s good food for thought, so I’d like to know… What type of “gearhead” are YOU?