Ul­ti­mate up­grades

Are your cam­era and lenses start­ing to look a bit tired and past their best? We the sea­son to splash out on some new kit

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Whether you’re up­grad­ing from en­try-level to en­thu­si­ast, DX to FX or look­ing for a higher-qual­ity lens, we know what kit you need next

They say the room for im­prove­ment is the big­gest room in the world ('they' be­ing the teach­ers that used to mark our home­work). But they had a point. Even if you drive an As­ton Martin DB10, the chances are there'll be a bet­ter, faster, more glam­orous DB11 just around the cor­ner. Mean­while, re­cent ad­vances in dig­i­tal cam­era tech­nol­ogy have been both me­te­oric and re­lent­less.

You might have bought top-qual­ity cam­era kit a few years ago, but it's prob­a­bly been over­taken by the march of progress. The lat­est cam­eras have bet­ter qual­ity im­age sen­sors, greater power in their pro­ces­sors, and typ­i­cally boast ahost of im­prove­ments. Even if you're re­new­ing a cam­era with like for like, for ex­am­ple swap­ping a D3000 for a D3300 or a D5000 for a new D5500, you can ex­pect a no­tice­able step up in qual­ity and per­for­mance. But it's cer­tainly not the only way to go.

Over the next few pages, we'll be con­cen­trat­ing on more se­ri­ous up­grades. We'll be fo­cus­ing on what you can ex­pect if you take a step or two up the lad­der from en­try-level to mi-range or en­thu­si­ast-level kit, and be­yond. And de­spite what we said about ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy, there are some clas­sic gems of cam­eras and lenses that are well worth con­sid­er­ing as sec­ond-hand pur­chases. Time for an up­grade? Let's get stuck in...

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