Buying for the long term

My desired goal is this. Anywhere I can make a buying choice that I, with proper care and maintenance, will never have to make again for the rest of my life, I do. patrickrhone / Final Choices

I’ve been thinking about this lately. I&#8217’ve had my Nikon D40 DSLR since 2006 and have slowly purchased a few lenses – a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G. The D40 does have limitations; a 6MP sensor and no exposure bracketing among the ones that have limited what I wanted to do with my photography; especially when it comes to HDR photography.

The basic idea is that instead of buying lots of mediocre stuff (as we usually do) and replacing that stuff every so often, it’s better to buy one thing that’s the very best and longest lasting. CJ Chilvers – Go Ahead and Buy Expensive Gear

Someone recently loaned me a Nikon D80. The D80 is older than my D40 but has a 10MP sensor (DX) and exposure bracketing. I took the opportunity to learn and practice taking bracketed photos for HDR. Currently, with my D40, I shoot a single image and use Adobe Lightroom to create bracketed virtual copies. The result is a lot of noise in my HDR photos. With the D80 I was able to create much clearer HDR photos.

I would prefer is my hobby paid for itself and have been recently looking into how I can sell prints. Most of the websites that would allow me to do so require that uploaded photos have a minimum of 10MP. Clearly, my D40 is a limitation here.

However, I don’t want to rush out and buy the latest Nikon only to find out in another five years that I may have to upgrade the body again. I&#8217’d much rather purchase a camera system that I would not have to replace for a long time. I&#8217’m defining long to mean 15 years or more.

I would love a Leica M9. Based on reviews I think that is the camera that would meet my wants for digital tech with a touch of old style film photography. But my current budget – zero – does not allow for it. Perhaps the Fuji X-Pro 1 is the camera for me.

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