What is it about having something new that gives us fresh impetus and inspiration?
With cameras, aside from those built into phones, I think I’ve only ever bought one brand new, a Nikon Coolpix back in 2011.
This was a breakthrough purchase for me, being my first “proper” camera, after years of Sony Cyber-shot phones.
But since then, despite owning hundreds more cameras, they’ve all been second (third or fourth!) hand.
This hasn’t detracted from the feelings and excitement I’ve felt in researching, sourcing and finally receiving and using these cameras.
The most important element in this anticipation has been simply that the cameras are new to me, not brand new.
I know that, for some, the brand spanking newness is the key factor.
Many people seem to want a new car every year or two, something no-one else has driven, and perhaps for the status of being a new car driver and displaying particular digits on their number plate.
And it’s a shame – in my view – when this quest for newness overrides the factor of quality and enjoyment.
For example if I was considering a new car, and had the funds, I would instead more likely go for a two year old car that’s a better make/model/spec than a brand new cheaper, lower end vehicle, just for the sake of having something brand new.
Your day to day experience and enjoyment of a product is dictated far more by its quality, than how old it is.
The same applies with cameras, digital especially.
Three of my favourite digitals, the Ricoh GRD III, Pentax Q and Lumix LX3 cost around £530, £600 and £300 respectively when released – a total of over £1400.
I paid less than a quarter of that – under £350 – for the three combined.
There have been much cheaper examples, where I’ve paid under £10 for a camera that cost £300 or more when new.
I don’t understand why one would pay hundreds every year (or even more often) to be a part of that upgrade parade and fall for the manufacturer’s latest feature or gimmick that no-one really needs.
In fact with many genres of product, the release of a brand new model is the best time to buy last year’s version, as stores want to offload them to make way for the new.
You get less than year old technology at a fraction of the price when it was first released. (Even cheaper if you go for three or five year old versions!)
But back to the main thrust of this post. What is it we like about something new to us, especially a new camera?
Is it the challenge of learning and mastering a new system, to prove you can make good photographs with a range of cameras?
Is it the promise that this camera, finally, will catapult you to master photographer status, where all those previous flawed cameras have failed to?
Is it to keep your interest fresh and stimulated, and to broaden your experience, by trying a different kind or format of camera?
Is it just simply to have a new toy to play with?
For me, I think all of the above are true to some extent.
How about you? What do you love about a new (to you) camera?
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