It Pays to Wait!
rush to own the latest, many photographers end up purchasing a new
camera on pre-order and very often they become the victims of the first
batch to be released from the factory floor. Camera technology is
progressing at an alarming rate and in the consumer marketplace, a new
model of any brand name is expected to hit the shelves every year.
It is a sad indictment that even with all their advanced technology, the
camera manufacturers still manage to mess it up and release products
that require firmware or recall fixes. Even worse, many photographers
are prepared to accept these
and pay out sizeable sums of money to live with them. I could list a
number of well known brand cameras that have quality control issues and some problems are actually in the 'core
design' which makes any form of repair nigh on impossible to fix. Where
the problem can be re-designed and manufactured for new batches, the
faulty ones in the field are not recalled unless a user forces the issue
and demands a new camera.
are not limited to consumer cameras, some very expensive cameras which
have a 3 year turn around in models have design problems that are never
rectified due to cost. Sometimes a variant of the original camera but
with a different name emerges after 18 months, without the problem of
course! The manufacturer continues to rake in the profits from this
latest and greatest new camera.
When you visit the 'gear' forums there are a number of 'genuine'
photographers who will share their problems about new equipment they
have purchased and when cross checking on the Internet, you can soon
build up a picture of how a new camera is performing. Fortunately the
number of 'genuine' users outnumber the trolls who deliberately attempt
to mislead by posting false information.
When a new camera is released it does pay to wait a few months,
even better up to 6 months - the 'gear' forums soon unravel the
gloss spun by some of the 'sponsored' review sites and if there
are any manufacturing wrinkles, they soon start to appear.