i've been facing this problem for sometime already.
i bought my panasonic fz1 last june and it has had and still having terrible focusing speed,precision and accuracy, plus the noise lvl and picture quality.
he totally rejects my idea of buying a new cam, for example the d70 or say canon pro1, because he thinks that no other cam can beat mine when it comes to zoom, thinks that PS is the answer and aperature(constant f/2.8). (sure PS is part and parcel of digital, but what i mainly do is to salvage them because some pics are impt and to avoid deleting most of them, whereas others PS it to enhance the pics).
i bought it that time because i was new to photography and want to use it as a stepping stone.
whenever i talk to him abt buying a new cam, regardless of DSLRs and p/s, we always end up in the same deadlock,everytime we restart the topic, we nvr progress, we end where we started. it's not like i am using his money to buy a mark2 or d2h with every lens from 12 to 600mm. he also says i dont need to extra MP, yes he's right but it's just that almost every cam in the market has more MP than mine, easily 4 to 8. save for hp cams. the ccds would defn be bigger than mine and would perform better, at least less grainy. he keeps thinking only DSLRs are for ppl with photography as a job and not for a student like me. not saying that i am trying to catch the DSLR chase but even buying a p/s (like cp8700) ends in an arguement. and he's using concepts, thinking and tech from like 30years ago to debate with me. when he once taunted me abt DSLRs but i simply ignored him. if he has really good points to back him up, it is possible i listen to him, but this aint the case!
everything i bought for my cam, be it filters,cam itself, attachment lens, cleaning kits were paid with my money. i know he's afraid i spent too much money on this when i am not working, surely i know my budget?
he hasn't been looking at my pictures, he doesnt know how many pics i deleted solely because of noise(useless with Neat image),focusing inaccuracies and exposure problems( underexp at night because flash is pathetic, cant expose properly) and a host of other problems.
it's not that i am seeking help to convince him to let me satisfy my materialistic hunger but simply put, this cam is giving me alot of problems and he doesnt know much time is spent of salvaging the photos. he nvr used the cam before and has no idea what it's like to take pics with the problems mentioned. he just doesnt understand the frustration i get when shooting.
it doesnt even have a manual override!
the reasons why i want to ask him for permission even though i am using my own money(i know this isnt totally abt $) just that i want to give him some respect and keep him in the loop.
i hope u guys understand i am just explaining my situation and i hope i get something constructive(not to go against him but to convice him) i've thought abt it for sometime and yes i want a new cam.