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Do you buy the best? Or Do you work with what you have?

 
Jerobean
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Aug 23, 2010 19:19 |  #106

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I don't even have a credit card.

credit cards are fantastic, the only people who shouldn't have them are the people who forget they have to pay their bills at the end of the month. As long as you pay your card off every month you can get great rewards and many other perks for free.

I make a few hundred dollars every year simply by putting almost everything I can on my American Express card.

back to topic, I save and buy what I want, I never settle for something lesser because in the end I'll regret it and lose money selling the gear I didn't want to buy the stuff I wanted.


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Aug 23, 2010 19:51 |  #107

there are times when I don`t have the cash on me nor access to an ATM, thats when I use my card, but I pay it off immediately...learned my lesson a while ago.




  
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Aug 23, 2010 22:49 |  #108

I learned long ago to buy the best that you can afford and justify. Going cheap first always costs one in the long run when they find out it doesn't do the job! That said, there is no substitute for talent! There are some very gifted people that can take a "throw away camera" and put most of us to shame using it! The bottom line in my opinion is to do the best one can and enjoy the experience!




  
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Aug 24, 2010 02:21 as a reply to  @ LynC's post |  #109

I have worked for local newspapers for more years than I like to remember, in that time I have had the sigma 70-200mm zoom sold it and bought the Canon 70-200 IS, i did not sell more photos with the canon than the sigma, I have at the moment the sigma 120-300mm 2.8 and recently the canon 300 2.8, I have sold
more images from the sigma than the canon. In both cases the Canon lenses were a very expensive overkill
for the work that I do and that is the case for most people if they are willing to admit it. Remember "White"
lenses are not always the best lenses for your situation

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Aug 24, 2010 17:32 |  #110

Reading past a couple pages I usually save for what I want in more practical terms. If I find value in a lens then that's the one I want versus having a RED RING on it. I think its different when your using lenses for work tho. I would buy the best of the best for what I need.


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Aug 24, 2010 17:40 |  #111

The bitterness of poor quality outlasts the sweetness of a low cost.

I usually buy stuff only after considering it for a while. I figure it is better to spend the extra money sooner than later and get the best quality lens that will last me years and years of use. Eventually I will only have to upgrade bodies down the road because I will have all the lenses I could need :)


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Aug 24, 2010 17:50 |  #112

Buy cheap, buy twice ...


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Aug 24, 2010 18:10 |  #113

I buy the best at the critical points and buy what works at the non-critical points. For instance, the speakers attached to my computer are not "the best" because I never listen to anything other than computer sounds and youtube videos on my computer. I have much better speakers attached to my stereo system, on which I listen to much better than mp3 recordings.


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Aug 24, 2010 18:26 |  #114

one way to look at it, a poor boy who loves to play and enjoy his guitar even he doesnt have the best and expensive instrument in the world but he who knows how to play produce the best tune, on the other hand a rich kid who has everything and can get the best instrument doesn't produce the same tune. go for the ones that you'll enjoy and can bring out the best in you.


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Aug 24, 2010 18:29 |  #115

It depends what you consider "the best". I buy stuff used (stuff that may have been "the best" at the time) and am generally satisfied with it. Sigma lenses are a good trade off for performance/cost, I can't afford to buy all 'L' lenses. I don't buy the best necessarily, but I buy things that will suit my needs. My 85mm f/1.8 is a great lens, I love it... I couldn't see spending the money on the f/1.2L. Another example is my Sigma 24-60 f/2.8 which I use quite a bit, I paid $220 for it. I've wanted the 17-55IS since I started but it's expensive, now the Sigma 17-50OS is out (wish it was the same price as the Tamron equivalent) however I'm considering full frame (5Dc) now so maybe I am better off doing that instead.


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Aug 25, 2010 09:11 |  #116

"credit cards are fantastic, the only people who shouldn't have them are the people who forget they have to pay their bills at the end of the month. As long as you pay your card off every month"

I use my credit card for almost everything, but ALWAYS pay it off in full each month. The extra protection against fraud and damage in transit is a godsend.


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Aug 25, 2010 11:09 |  #117

Jerobean wrote in post #10774746 (external link)
credit cards are fantastic, the only people who shouldn't have them are the people who forget they have to pay their bills at the end of the month. As long as you pay your card off every month you can get great rewards and many other perks for free.

I make a few hundred dollars every year simply by putting almost everything I can on my American Express card.

One of the great credit card myths. You have paid for anything you get "for free" by the time you can get it. Even if you pay cash, you pay extra for credit card users to get their "free" stuff. Surely you can understand there is no "free stuff".

Buy the quality you NEED. That may not be "the best" at all. Most people here are confusing "want" with "need". We all make choices about what we want, and wanting something may be a good reason to get it, but there is an enormous amount of what people want that is simply a creation of marketing and insecurity.

Very few photographers actually NEED the very best of anything for the photography they, in fact, do. What they think they do and what they say they want to do may need good equipment, but what they actually shoot and what they finally do with their photographs can very often be done with just "decent" equipment.

I know many photographers who never approach the technical limitations of their equipment. I know, and see on the web, many photographers for whom the main motivation for top of the line gear seems to be so they can say they have better stuff than the photographers they meet.




  
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Aug 25, 2010 11:24 |  #118

"Need" I associate with work.
"Want" I associate with fun, much or even most of my gear is about that, it's a hobby after all. :)
As long as you're honest about this with yourself I see no problem.

Some people seem to think camera gear is only about photography. They are so wrong. :)


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Aug 25, 2010 11:25 |  #119

I buy the cheapest possible configurations


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Aug 25, 2010 12:21 |  #120

If I buy something new, I always buy the best.
I wanted a 70-200mm and I got me the 70-200mm II.


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