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    when you find out that the camera you got can't capture the pictures you want.
    In that event, borrow a "better" camera and give it a shot. If you can capture what you want with that camera, then you've "leveled up" and it's time to plan for an upgrade lol

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    Wow, thanks for the many, many responses everyone! A few great laughs *dangerous in office setting* and much insight.

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    teehee
    some ppl will find that the latest cameras have the features they never knew existed but badly need

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    I have a different opinion... for me there is no such thing as "outgrow a camera"... A camera is just a dumb thing which can do nothing if there is no one behind it... A person's creativity is the one that produce a good picture.

    Of course not everyone agree with my statement, but I got it based on my own experience in learning photography... I started learning photography with a full manual camera (Yashica FX3). At one time I thought that I could not progress much without a "better camera", thus I bought Nikon F70. After using it for a while, I realized that I don't learn much since the camera did some important things for me. This was the time when I switched back to a manual one (Nikon F3). Lately I moved to digital, not because of the camera capability, but because I like the digital concept. Most of my friends thinks I'm crazy, but my dream camera is a digital back for my Nikon F3.

    Why I like manual camera better? Because they show my mistakes... Modern camera does the basic for me, and most of the time I won't be able to see my mistake.

    I hardly produce good pictures since I have no ability to shoot like some of the seniors here. But it is not my camera's fault, it is a limitation within myself.

    My two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voldisinarta View Post
    I have a different opinion... for me there is no such thing as "outgrow a camera"... A camera is just a dumb thing which can do nothing if there is no one behind it... A person's creativity is the one that produce a good picture.

    Of course not everyone agree with my statement, but I got it based on my own experience in learning photography... I started learning photography with a full manual camera (Yashica FX3). At one time I thought that I could not progress much without a "better camera", thus I bought Nikon F70. After using it for a while, I realized that I don't learn much since the camera did some important things for me. This was the time when I switched back to a manual one (Nikon F3). Lately I moved to digital, not because of the camera capability, but because I like the digital concept. Most of my friends thinks I'm crazy, but my dream camera is a digital back for my Nikon F3.

    Why I like manual camera better? Because they show my mistakes... Modern camera does the basic for me, and most of the time I won't be able to see my mistake.

    I hardly produce good pictures since I have no ability to shoot like some of the seniors here. But it is not my camera's fault, it is a limitation within myself.

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    I see and understand what you mean...however, think about it this way: features such as autofocus are conveniences that have come our way, much like the invention of a car. Granted, we can still walk to get to where we are going, but a car makes things much more convenient (albeit with added costs).

    Similarly, anyone can shoot on a manual camera, but not everyone can produce good pics from it. However, with the advent of autofocus, and auto-exposure modes (which incidentally, I rarely use on my dSLR - film background too, much like you), photo-taking is now much more convenient, and provided you NEED these conveniences (sports photographers for instance, need the fast and accurate continuous AF modes of pro-camera bodies) to get the job done, but your camera limits you, then by all available means go for the added features that you need.

    This is very different from going for the latest camera, simply because it is the latest. I went digital on a 30D, but after a little more than a year, I realised I needed a faster and more accurate AF system, but did not want an increase in resolution (archiving headache), so I've went up to a 1DMkII. This camera is not exactly new, having already been replaced twice, by the newer, faster, (greater) 1DMkIIn and 1DMkIII, but it serves my needs for now, and for a long time to come.

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    Its all mental. If you think you can use the camera, ways to work around its limitations will come naturally. If you're just interested in getting a piece of technology, then its absolutely to get every generation of it.

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    I got into the dslr game back in Dec 07 with a 400D, 17-40L and 50 1.8. From then till now, I dare to say that I've improved quite a bit and understand a bit more about the art of photography and the technical side of things.

    I was shooting an event and needed a 2nd body, so I borrowed my friend's 30D. That made me realise that even though the 30D is superseded by the 40D in terms of technology, it's ISO handling and faster FPS works well for me. Nowadays I seem to be shooting a lot of low-light events and sports, things that the 400D can't do all that well. So now I'm contemplating on getting a better body at the end of year, probably a 40D or a 1dmkii, depending on my needs (ISO & Compactness vs AF & FPS).

    I think calebk's analogy about the car is good. Most of us DSLR shooters have a bicycle (starting DSLR like 450D, A350, D60 etc) already to travel to places.. However a car (40D, 1D, D300, D3) would make it a lot more convenient for us.. and we'd always like to drive the car than ride the bike. But then, we'd have to get a driving license (learning curve of new body) if not we'd be driving the car incorrectly (bad pictures at times).
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    Quote Originally Posted by saurtan View Post
    ...what do people mean when they say that they have outgrown a camera?
    The hands outgrow ther size of the camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    The hands outgrow ther size of the camera.
    good point!

    something very real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attap seed View Post
    good point!

    something very real.
    something that happens very easily if you're on one of the lower range cameras of canon's line up i have medium sized hands, but with with any of the XXXD cameras, one of my fingers has to curl arnd the bottom of the camera.

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