This is a point well made. I have an old Nikon D80 which I use as a backup body these days. If I was honest I’d admit that I replaced it (with a D300s) before mastering all of the things the D80 could do. Of course now I have D800 envy, so I can see where this is headed. But the most fun I’ve had with any camera for many years was after I bought a 40 year old Olympus Trip 35 camera at a market recently and shot a roll of Kodak black and white film on the streets of Sydney. No rear LCD screen, no histograms, no image stabilisation, no chunky battery. That’s what photography is really about.
Robert. I think you are absolutely right. Cameras are a more like computers nowdays. That means that everything becomes redundant a lot faster.
My rule is buy the brand of camera that people around you will be familiar with. Dont buy Canon if your photography friends are all Nikon. They will be less able to help you out, and you wont be able to share lenses etc.
My second rule is spend the money on quality lenses. They keep their value well, will make your photography better and can be used when you get a new camera body.
PS – Really like your blog!