I’ve been shooting with Nikon SLR and DSLR cameras for about 33 years now. I’ve also been buying lenses for those same camera bodies. Looking back in time, I’ve come to some conclusions about the importance of camera bodies and lenses. Which is more important over time?
While the shapes and sizes of my Nikon camera bodies have changed over the years and the functionality built into each camera body has increased, my lenses have pretty much remained constant.
During your photographic journey, camera bodies will come and go, especially in the digital world. In the digital era, camera bodies are like computers and may become obsolete within a few years. You don’t absolutely have to buy a new camera when the new ones come out. I have a ten-year-old DSLR camera body (Nikon D100) that works perfectly. Of course, you have to achieve a minimum level of camera body quality to take advantage of your excellent lenses. Don’t skimp there either!
However, new cameras add more features and may even increase the quality of the image, so you’ll upgrade. Your photographic enthusiasm will insist; even if your partner or spouse does not understand why. One of the reasons photography is so relatively expensive is that—nearly every time you want a new accessory—you will have to buy something new for your partner too. If you buy a new accessory-shoe-mounted GPS unit for your camera, your partner isn’t going to settle for a nice coffee mug! I hope your partner is someone that loves photography too.
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