How much is reasonable for a hobbyist to spend on camera gear?

Started Feb 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
tclune
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Re: How much is reasonable for a hobbyist to spend on camera gear?
In reply to Alex Notpro, Feb 7, 2013

Alex Notpro wrote:

I'm just wondering if there's a rule of thumb (or just your own opinion), like they have for other items such as engagement rings, to spent "two months' salary", or for housing, to spent "a third of your income" or whatever?

You do realize that the rules of thumb you cited were created by the people selling those items, don't you? The rule of thumb for GAS is, "Don't inhale!" If you are a true hobbyist, you will spend more than makes sense to spend on gear, much of which you will never use at all. If you can get to a point where you only buy equipment that you actually use enough to make it less costly than having rented, you will have achieved a level of self-control that few of us manage.

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