however, you as a casual shooter, photography solely for hobby, you won't do a profit and loss statement or a balance sheet for your hobby, and nobody does anyway, perhaps some people really do an inventory list for their gears collection.
my point is, what is the value of the pleasure you get from photography? you can't quantify in term of dollar and cents isn't it?
so just do whatever way that make sense to you and make you happy, nobody can tell you that you should eat a plate of chicken rice cost $3.50 at hawker centre instead of the $25.00 chicken rice at 5 stars hotel.
you can take whatever opinion given to you, but at end of the day, the decision is yours.
you can pick whatever models and combination you want every time you rent, don't have to tie down the same camera and lenses for a few years.
you can always have the latest model, don't have the headache about how to upgrade your gears
you don't have to upkeep the camera and no repair cost to bear
no large sum commitment
save space too
so you think owning a camera can take it whenever you want, you have to ask yourself how often you have a spur of the moment to bring camera shoot sunrise, or Christmas night scene etc, or any impromptu moment that you wish you have a camera with you.
of course you feel it is affordable and justifiable, than just do it.
btw, buy a new or used gear is more of personal preference, some people won't feel comfortable to get used gear even it is a good deal or like new, some people will have less issue on this. so just do whatever you feel right.
Do you have any glass? Glass is very important.
I would not hesitate to purchase any of the models you list in good used condition with less than 40K snaps on the clock from sincere for real no phoney seller. Pro Level camera means something no???
Now back to glass...Pro camera needs good glass...budget for it.
As for thread title...here lately prices where I am have been low and flat not a sellers market. Holidays are coming so probably see increase. These things are seasonal and if you watch for a few years you can see trend easily. Now is the time to buy here...yesterday was better...tomorrow probably not...in your neck of the woods however it may be different.
PS You don't have to run with the Joneses...get you a nice system and bag and utilize it...like you said take it with you and I would add...take it with you every where you go! bro Benjamin and bro kandinsky said things wise...what makes you happy..save up till you can afford it and get what you really want. You've had good run with some renters so you should have a good idea of what you want. Don't worry so much about fixing stuff my advice.
Last edited by Nikonzen; 18th November 2015 at 10:41 AM.
Expand your mind or get left behind
It's a question you have to answer yourself - used pro body (all your eggs in one basket) or newer semi-pro body, that may be more advanced technologically, lessen the one-time risk
Pro bodies are built to fulfill different set of requirenent. D4 for speed, D800 for resolution, D700 is watered down version of nikon's first FF cam (D3).
Sensors do flow down the line to lower end models so image quality can be pretty much the same within the same generation. What is different is feature sets/configurations offered. So you have to be clear on what you really need.
Exaample, if you only shoot landscape, it will be a waste of money to be lugging a D4 around.
Buying an used camera is like buying an used car.
If you are really into cameras, think of getting brand new one. Always remember that u can always sell it off in future. So in terms of money, u are not losing alot.
If u r still getting used one, always get as latest model as possible, due to technology and spare parts (you seem to be worried about repairs)
Of coz, u can still stick to renting. I don't see any problems about renting.
No one can tell you how long it will last. It depends alot on your luck and usage.
Last edited by daredevil123; 19th November 2015 at 05:21 AM.
Seriously, these days, we prefer smaller mirrorless cameras if we are tourists in other countries. Any DSLR is over killed.
And for personal safety factor, you don't want to announce to the whole world that u r a silly tourist with a DSLR waiting to be mugged.