Don’t buy what you want, buy what you need.
I get it, there are so many great articles and reviews out there pitching the best camera systems available and there are some great ones. Matter of fact, all the top brands make really good equipment and that is something that I respect even as I am a part of the Sony camp now. This post is not intended to be a negative review on a brand or model of camera nor sway anyone’s personal decision to switch camera brands. I recently made the switch and love the decision however, it is not for everyone and there are things to consider especially why you shouldn’t make the leap.
So, before you make the jump consider why you shouldn’t:
Because everyone else is. Social media inundates us with so much information and if you are a photographer following other photographers you most likely have seen someone raving about switching systems and how much they love what they did. You even hear how much it has improved their content.
That’s great but that is that person’s opinion and their decision not yours. As much time as you take to read all the reviews and compare specs, take as much time to reflect to really understand your motive for the switch. Do it because it makes sense for what you do and what you need. Not what is new, cool, and everyone else is talking about.
Cost. Sure, there is the initial cost of the camera body and at least one lens but like me I needed to buy an adapter to use my Canon glass and then I found out that the Canon glass doesn’t support auto-focus in video mode so guess what… I ended up buying Sony lenses sooner than I expected.
If staying on a budget and keeping your costs down is a priority, make sure you consider the potential additional costs associated with the switch.
Wowed by specs that you don’t use or need. I will be honest. I love specs and want to have a camera with them all but that isn’t what is out there and it’s a bit unrealistic. I will be transparent and say that I bought my Sony because of the video specs it offered especially for slo-mo but I have yet to shoot or use any slo-mo in my videos since I bought the camera.
That’s a simple example and it wasn’t the only reason for my switch but, if I made the decision solely based on that one thing I would have to say it was the wrong one and my Canon 5D MKIII would still be good enough for how I shoot video today.
Bottom line, decisions come down to more than one spec when looking to make the switch but like in bullet #1, know what you do and what you need to make the right choice for you.
Learning curve. This one is a biggie and starts with a question. How well do you know your camera now? If the answer is I really don’t go into the menu much at all or I am not really interested in all the options my camera can offer me than switching might not be the option for you. A lot of the features we want to use on our new camera are ones we have to turn on so you need to be comfortable in the menu systems and take the time to read the manual or Google your way to learning what is offered. Not counting the physical controls on the body you are used to or how information is displayed on the new camera maybe more than you want to try and get accustomed to as well.
So, how much time do you want to invest in the ‘new’ camera?
I personally loved making the switch and haven’t looked back however, all that I listed above had some impact on my transition to a new system. I love change and trying to buy what I need to make my content but it should never be based on the desire to change only.
Change for what YOU need.