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    I notice a lot of us, including me, of course, fell to the wrong move of buying cameras and accessories; and within a few months, or weeks or even days, found that it is not suitable, sell it at lower price @ Buy and Sell Forum.

    Then we will either upgrade or downgrade to another cameras and purchase other accessories which we deed right to the earlier one which we have purchase wrongly.

    This trend and cycle have been going on and on for existing and new members.
    Any comments? Any lessons you have learn?
    How can we stop the mistake of buying the wrong product and buy it right for the first time.
    This is just a forum discussuion. Do share your experience.

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    well ... the first thing i can think of is to cool off. Don't buy on impulse. After a few days cooling, i start to think that that expensive $3000 lens would probably be utilised ...

    2nd thing i can think of is be aware of the product. Especially for P&S/Prosumer users thinking of upgrading to DSLR. If you're gonna shoot in P mode all the time, I'm sure prosumer cameras will perform better in this area. Again.. that brings me back to my first point ....

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    i learnt to read more abt the product b4 parting my $.
    i also learnt to plan for the future and not just the need for "now"
    "I want to have the best camera in the world and shoot XMMs."

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    uh, but sometimes you may think that you need it.. you cool off think for like 3 months and you buy it, to find that you still underutilise it... then well.

    it happens. i'm guilty of it.

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    Lightbulb the truth takes time to appear

    it took me 4 years to realise that CANON is the One And Only Right Choice Forever. for Dslr, film slr, lenses, flash, digicam, printer, vest, cap, strap, image, style, heritage, history, office machines, sitckers..everything. Canon Ichiban ne!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clive
    it took me 4 years to realise that CANON is the One And Only Right Choice Forever. for Dslr, film slr, lenses, flash, digicam, printer, vest, cap, strap, image, style, heritage, history, office machines, sitckers..everything. Canon Ichiban ne!
    >printer

    Did u see the canon photo printer? The small one. I saw a few prints at Courts, prints of customers I suppose, and they were SO BAD. I was thinking they would be better off not putting the prints there - probably can make more sales. Blur, and bad colour output.

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    Lightbulb on a more serious note...

    ..actually...those "print-out" display samples, no matter anywhere u see it, whether at courts or at soem other showroom or soem other display shelf... one will nv really knoe where exactly the pritn came from... unless u r the one setting up the display

    ..buyign a brand, or buying into soem equiptment..alot of it is psychological. and much of it hinges on first impressions. which is difficult to break out of. which explains why i love canon so much one school of thought is to just go with whatever that suits the needs. ie the brand is faceless. the other approach is to just stick to one brand so as to minimise fuss. bcoz my personaluty is whatever i do, i aim to minimise effort and maximise results..hence naturally i adopt the second approach. the only drawback to it is that...u got to think thru the options real hard. its a very tough elimination prosess.

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    It is very difficult to know if you have gotten the right stuff.

    Eg, many have advised me to get it right and go for a good set of tripod legs and very good ballhead. Get it right first time round, all the way. But ultimately, i found that monopods suit me better for telephoto shots, and a Slik U9000 is just nice for the 12-24mm night shots which wouldn't be affected so much by minute vibrations.

    You buy too good a pc of equipment, you may underutilise its specialised performance. You buy too lousy, you end up stifling your creativity.

    Best is to buy 2nd hand and don't bear the brunt of depreciation.

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    one lesson learnt is to buy second hand, so the initial cost is lower.

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    You could always try and rent a copy of the lens which you want to buy, and test it out for a couple of days to see if the range and output image is what you desire. Everyone has different shooting requitements and perspectives, so a lens which many people recommend may not be to your liking after you buy it.

    As for camera, know what your requirements are. Camera depreciation is much higher than lens, just look as pre-owned EOS 300Ds. If the market is flooded with a particular item, the price you'd get for it would be much lower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    one lesson learnt is to buy second hand, so the initial cost is lower.
    And so, if you make a mistake, you loose a few cents or just 50 bucks or so by selling it again, after a week, a month or a year.

    Now, before buying, consider these questions:
    1 Do I need it,
    2 Can I afford it,
    3 Is it worth it,
    4 Do I like it.
    If you get a yes for all 4 questions, go buy it. Maybe, someone can add other questions like do I still need it and use it tomorrow, in one years time or in 5 years time......

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    there is always i need and want. things i need very badly i get 1st hand, esp if i cannot get 2nd hand at all. things i want, i think very hard about it, then wait for a good bargain.

    i have only made two impulse buys so far, one in slight regret.

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    King Tiger: PM me, I'll meet up with you one of the next weekdays for a facial discussion on this, although I do push for Buy BUY BUY, there are many factors regarding the issues you have and deciding on the right equipment to purchase.

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    You will always buy and sell for whatever reason, mostly financial or underutilisation.

    A good thing will be to wait for a week or two.
    See if you really need the item. If you can't get it, is there any alternative?
    Will you lose sleep over not having that item?

    Just buy within your means.

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    Thumbs up Good Comments from Everybody

    Hi Everybody

    Thanks for all your valuable comments.
    Each and everyone of you provide different answer and approach to this kind of situation for product selling and purchase.
    Even if one would naturally upgrade or downgrade or give up hobby, I believe this is base on individual needs and wants from time to time.

    Hence, I believe there is no right nor wrong answer in decision marking on what type of cameras and accessories which one would buy, or sell, within
    months, weeks or even days. (correct me if I am wrong, though)


    If anyone got any more issue and experience to bring up, please comments.

    Cheers
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    damn, every week my 4D alwy buy wrongly... alway need to buy new one the following week... damn

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    The solution to this problem is:

    Read up on reports/comments on the gadget you're interested in. Don't act on impulse. Ask yourself whether you're going to need it/use it often. Don't just follow suit, ie, people/friends buy you also want. Remember: everyone's needs are DIFFERENT!

    For example, people may need the 70-200, but you may need a wide angle, cos you take more landscape shots!

    Unless you're loaded with $$$, then consider the above pointers. Works for me at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zekai
    damn, every week my 4D alwy buy wrongly... alway need to buy new one the following week... damn
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