Gear lust: a retrospective

Started Sep 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
KameraFever
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Re: Gear lust: a retrospective
In reply to Stilograph, Sep 22, 2012

I couldn't agree more. Here is the funny thing. I have been shooting for must be 14 years on and off. Luckily and unluckily (a story for another day) I majored in photography, but it taught me early on my inepticies were a result my skill and not my gear. At the beginning I lusted of gear until I bought a simple EF 50mm 1.8 for around $100. That 'piece of crap' has been my never fail go to lens. I have owned only three digital cameras (Canon G2, 30D, 5Dmkii) and 2 film cameras (Canon Elan ii, Voightlander Bessa L) in my entire life. My Bessa L and G2 have since taken a dump. But my 30D and 5Dmkii still pull their weight. Not burning money early was probably also a result of not having money early.

My brother in law who knows nothing about photography asked me what camera he should buy? He was very adament about getting a full frame sensor so I told him to get a used 5D off B&H ($900) and the 50mm 1.8 and go from there. Instead he bought the 5Dmkiii, 24-70mm 2.8 IS, 70-200mm 2.8 IS, 580 exii, and dropped $3K on a then brand new 17in Macbook Pro. Now he complains about not saving enough money. Yes, Holy Crap! Now everytime I go over the house I'm reteaching him about LR 4 because he can't even remember what I taught him last time.

Anyhow, The orginal 5d ($900), ef 50mm 1.8 ($110), three vivitar 285HV ($75 each), optical triggers ($50), and some light grip equipemt can yeild some killer professional results for under a $1800 price tag if your willing to learn the craft. But who cares. Still, I can't blame my brother in law. When I started I had the same mindset but without money to burn. In the end, we don't learn until we realize the money we burned doesn't pay itself back with images we produce. This when we realize that maybe it has something to do with our skill. Sorry for the rant.

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