I have been in the process of moving and not being the most patient of people I chose on Saturday to do a fair bit of moving on my own. I am still not sure if that is what is to blame, but by lunch time my body was aching, my head was burning yet the rest of me was freezing. It was terrible. Sunday afternoon got a little better but I did find myself perspiring as if I was sitting in a sauna. Why am I telling you this and grossing you all out?
I have 27 winters under my belt. Throw in one or two northern hemisphere editions and you could say I’m relatively experienced in that department. But, for the love of sleep, all that experience counts for nothing in the face of this year’s advancing chill and darker mornings. You would have thought that with battles fought hard in places that bare names as chill attracting as Meyerton, Belfast, Standerton and Toronto, I would have been battle hardened by now, but the only thing with a close association to hard here is the ability to get out of bed. These days, come 05h30, I’m left rendered with what feels like a tranquilized body and eyelids glued shut by the toasty warmth of a pillow… and this is only the beginning. Folks in Colesberg or Sutherland would likely think of me as a whimpering city slicker, but should they perish, the morgue may just feel a little warmer then winter’s full assault on their towns.
Well that is the gist of the question from reader Cas Pretorius following our recent Photo Tip on not rushing to buy new gear…
His question was: “I am currently looking at buying a specific body that has come down in price , basically because of the exchange rates etc. There is talk that the manufacturer may soon replace it (it’s been on the market for +- 2 years). If that happens, it is expected that the price of the current, then ‘old’ model, may come down even more, until all stock has been sold. My question (in light of this article by you) is this, namely is it wise to buy the older technology at a reduced price, instead of getting the new one, which will in any event be quite expensive due to the fact that it is new etc?”
I should have seen this coming having been down this road myself more than once. So what is the answer to Cas’ dilemma of wanting a body that is cheaper now than it was two years ago when it was launched and could very soon be replaced?