Please comment briefly on how likely you are to buy a new DSLR in the coming months, and how your investment in lenses will or will not affect that purchase.

Please comment briefly on how likely you are to buy a new DSLR in the coming months, and how your investment in lenses will or will not affect that purchase.
Very important. I have a large investment in lenses already.
76% (165 votes)
Not very important. I would purchase depending on the features and ease of use.
11% (24 votes)
I am shopping for my first DSLR, so the price/features ratio is my prime consideration.
13% (29 votes)
Total votes: 218

Jamie Morton's picture

I have canon lenses so I'm geting a DSLR that works with them.

Rob's picture

I am waiting for Canon to come up with something better than the XTi. Something between the 30D and their higher end cameras. I shoot RAW now, so maybe there would be new features for that.

Robert Stewart's picture

I've spent way too much in lenses, flashes, and attachments to start over. Compatibility with my current accessories will limit my choices greatly.

C Tom Greene's picture

Current skills built around proven performance of current lenses and focal lengths.

Russell W.  Wilkinson's picture

Reverse compatibility is very important, it lets you invest in a better lens knowing it wii not become obsolete.

Lee's picture

Just buying one lens for over $1,000 means every camera there after had better work with that lens.

Mike Perham's picture

My 1st DSLR is on order now. My existing battery of lenses was a consideration as it allows me to aquire just the body initially; eventially I will replace all lenses with APS specific glass (ie: my 28-70 f2.8 will be replaced with a 16-50 f2.8)

Thomas Crown's picture

Looking at the new Pentax 10mb and the Canon 30D.

Robert Nappa's picture

Pentax, Nikon, Cannon, it's a tough decision.

Curt Hedman's picture

Backward Compatibility suggests to me a manufacturer who has some commitment to their customer base - which might carry forward!

Gabriel's picture

Ohhh, that name Nikon scares me; so pricey. I wonder what they actually consider affordable. will research though.

Eric Somers's picture

If I had some lame brand of camera or lenses I might be willing to change. But I have a Nikon D-70 and some lenses and will soon upgrade to a D-200 body. Though some people are fans of Canon I think both companies make good gear and it would be foolish to leave the Nikon "family" at this point.

Chuck Pine's picture

Not only lenses, but other accessories as well. This includes the media storage cards, batteries, chargers, etc.

Andrew Crow's picture

Am waiting until after the first of the year to see what is coming. Why buy a $1,600 or higher priced DSLR when you can get most of the same features for under $1,000? I would rather buy better lenses.

Jim Laubach's picture

I'm planning on buying 2 Nikon D200s in the coming months for my startup business, along with 2 or 3 good Nikon lenses. I've been a Nikon user all my life and have no plans to switch now, even though the situation would allow me to do that!

Debra Ascoli's picture

I have a big investment in Canon lenses and would only consider a Canon DSLR when I am ready to buy a new one.

Xiphios's picture

Ihave recently purchased the Canon 5D and have the Canon 300D as a backup. The lenses are interchangable and the package appears to excellant. My main problem is weight which is important for someone in their eighties. Youngsters should have no such problem.

James E.  Goodson's picture

My current camera is a Canon EOS Rebel X 35mm, and I primarily shoot with my Tamron 75-300 telephoto zoom, so I will probably purchase the Canon EOS Rebel XTi.

Richard A.  Auchter's picture

As long as Nikon keeps coming out with new and better bodies(D-80.D-200)that allow me to use the current lenses that I have for my D-70, I will keep buying more from them as my needs increase and my $$ holds out.

Irv Gross's picture

Looking at Nikon D-200. Want to see what's next from Canon.

J.  Jordan's picture

I am looking to buy my next DSLR. I will stay with the brand I currently have, not only because of lenses but I like and trust the brand I have. If I had a whole lot of problems I would change brands for sure.

Jerry McGeorge's picture

I made the jump to digital in '02 with a Nikon D1x. Frankly, I've found digital to be a big, very expensive disappointment, but a competitive necessity. Aside from swapping all my lenses to the Nikon DX line, I'm now on the third Nikon body in 4 years just trying to stay keep up with the technology power curve, and to overcome all the limitations of the earlier body. Unfortunately, the camera mfr's have made it so these cameras are virtually "upgrade-proof", that is, it's not possible to just upgrade the sensors. Let's recall that when new film formulas were introduced, it wasn't necessary to buy new camera bodies in order to use them. I can only hope at some point soon this technology rat race levels off, because, like many photographers, I've getting fed up with all this. My old film library looks better every time I look at some of those shots, plus I realize how much fun it was to just shoot the composition and move on to the next one, rather than worrying about all the post-processing to come.

Henry E.'s picture

My investment in lenses is in 5 figures. As an enthusiast, it does not make economic sense to discard my lenses.

Harry K.'s picture

While built-in features would be a buying consideration, being able to use my stockpile of lenses would be the most important purchasing factor for me.

Zenon Slawinski's picture

I'm not necessarily shopping for a D-SLR. I have a nice compliment of lenses. Those lenses have been in my closet for the last 6 yrs. I now have a fine digital camera with an acceptable zoom. Since digicams came along there's been a gulf between the pro (job security) mentality that the only real camera is an SLR and everyone else. There are 10+Mp cams out now that still do not have a full size chip. Why? In my old film camera I could use the exact same film as the pro studio down the street. Today I can't get the same chip unless I buy a brick-sized D-SLR. This is the old school approach to taking pictures that is dying a slow and painful death. There's no reason for that. Lens technology has progressed immensely in the last few years and you can get excellent results from a built-in full range zoom digicam except you are limited to JPG and less then decent shadow detail. These are not considerations of the D-SLR realm. Will Nikon be the first to shift this method of production? I don't see any magazine confronting the manufacturers with this issue. Can you? You are a pro-sumer magazine and I would hope to someday see this addressed.

Hal Muhrlelin's picture

I now own a D200 in addition to a D100 and D50. I do not expect to buy an additional DSLR in the near future

Joe E.  Eder's picture

I have a Pentax ZX-M and a 24mm manual focus lense left, after giving all my other Pentax gear to my son-in-law. I do a lot of low-light, theater production shooting, so the noise level at high ISO along with Image Stabilization over-ride any existing lens inventory questions.

Glenn Runyan's picture

I am really pleased with my Sony point and shoot cameras (707 and H-5). Why do I want to lug around a bunch of lenses again as I did in the film camera days?

K.  L.'s picture

Cameras come and go, lenses last a lifetime.

Myers Walker's picture

I will buy a digital SLR and my extensive collection of Nikon lenses will be a deciding factor.