Want to buy a new camera? Now may be just the time.

March 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

If you’ve been umm-ing and ahh-ing over the possibility of purchasing a new DSLR camera recently you may find that now is a GREAT time to get hold of one.

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Both the big players – Canon and Nikon have released some new cameras into the market. Obviously these come at a premium price because they are their latest and greatest- so I’m not talking about splurging out on one of these models BUT look at the models they succeed.

Canons new 5D mark II has been fired into the market and people are very excited about this. When they realise that the price is just short of £3000 for the camera and no lens, it becomes slightly less appealing.

Same for the new Nikon D800. It’s coming in at around £2400 for just the camera and no lens.

It’s pretty unlikely now that there’s going to be any more major announcements for a while, and both manufacturers are taking pre-orders for their new cameras.

 If you are looking to buy a new camera and lens – or even just a camera then you should think about getting in there quick before the stock of old models disappears. At the moment you can get a Canon 5DII, which is an absolutely fantastic camera (and has had oscar-awards winning films shot with the video aspect) for £1500. I bought this camera last year at around £2500. I can’t speak with authority on Nikon’s past range because I shoot with Canon – but the same will almost certainly apply.

You may even find that the older models come lower in price as the new cameras start to filter through to stores inventories.

Of course there’s always the second hand market – and a lot of photographers (amateur and pro) will be trying to eagerly sell their cameras to get the latest models, especially as some would have had camera bodies for a couple of years or more while they have been awaiting an update.

Just a quick search online has pulled up a 5D Mark I (which is a fantastically able camera for £600) and the 5DII for an amazing £700 via Amazon Marketplace.

So.. its the same advice as I usually give to people looking to get a decent camera (or even starting out with their first camera) . Get the model below and you won’t do badly with some of the current deals.  If you do opt for this method, you can own a much more professional camera at a price of a new ‘more basic’ model.

If you need any more advice – feel free to drop me a line or send me a tweet :)icon_smile


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