Five mistakes photographers make when buying a camera – and how to avoid them

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Wouldn't it be lovely to be able to have any camera you want? Let's be honest, most of us probably want the latest and greatest cameras, stuffed with mind-blowing specs and accompanied by high-end glass. Unfortunately, unless you're a pro photographer (or blessed with a salary that rivals Elon Musk's), that usually isn't practical for most of us. 

When you're thinking about purchasing new camera gear, there are a number of pitfalls to avoid – and we'll be discussing the five key mistakes you should avoid when purchasing new camera equipment. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!