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Anyone else get sick of gear and just want to downsize?

 
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Sep 21, 2010 05:44 |  #16

that's why I dumped my 1Ds bodies and moved to 5D series. that's why I sold my 85 and 135 and got a zeiss 100. that's why I sold my 70-200 4IS and 300 4IS for a 70-200II 2.8 with extender.

that's why I put up with the 16-35II and often leave my primes behind.


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Sep 21, 2010 06:15 |  #17

I've found myself in sort of an interesting situation. I had to let go of all my gear 7 months ago, and in the last month have decided on getting back into shooting again (I've missed it sorely). I'm going to be pulling the trigger on a 5DII/7D combo, with 24-70L and a 70-200 2.8IS.

I call it 'interesting' because it's not often I find myself in a situation where I you essentially start from scratch, with already a few years of experience in developing your shooting style and knowing what you want/need. It's all the fun of having new toys without having to go through the whole "Hey guys whats the perfect lens for [x situation]?" or "Hey guys this is my kit, do I need to upgrade?"


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Sep 21, 2010 08:28 |  #18

If I were starting over I'd buy a 5DII with a 24-70 and 70-200 f/2.8 along with a 50mm and call it a day.


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Sep 21, 2010 08:30 |  #19

I know exactly what you mean. There comes a point when it is no longer worth the headache!

That's why I refuse to get a camera body no larger than the 5DII/7D, etc. I also stick 3-4 lenses, max.

In other words, if I can't fit it in here, it doesn't go...

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Sep 21, 2010 09:12 as a reply to  @ mcluckie's post |  #20

I'm sick of switching lenses for sure. In the future, I'm thinking a telephoto permanently on the slr for wildlife and a compact APS-C camera with a standard/wide (like the Fuji X100) for every day/travel use. Would make life a lot easier.




  
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Sep 21, 2010 10:18 |  #21

Yeah this is a great subject, I've talked to several photographers in the last couple of weeks who've been in the industry over twenty years who have said they are done buying gear and are downsizing.

With digital finally at a point where you can do pretty much whatever you want to achieve and this includes Photoshop as part of your kit, in my own circumstanses I am feeling more comfortable with the less is more attitude.

I'm trying to figure my camera kit to 3-4 lenses having sold the bulk of them in the last year. Currently down to the 24-70L and 85L 1.2 w/MKIII body and after a week of not having a long lens I realized maybe I don't even ned one for what I love to do and what I am getting for my part time career now being retired.

I'm also setting myself up with only 3 strobes and some pretty excellent modifiers, 74" Octabank, Deep Octa, 22" Mola BD and a 7" reflector w/grids are providing me with enough variability to really enjoy my lighting with still life and portraits.

Others I know are also condensing their kits, I guess it depends upon what market you work in. I sat down with a long time glamour photographer last week who told me after all he's done, much of his lighting is done now with one monolight and muslin- and that reminded me of my decades of shooting commercials when I would carry the same piece of favorite muslin in my travel bag as my common lighting tool that I could count on. Even with huge ligbting trucks filled with everything up through and including Brute Arc's, I would still be using this simple muslin in front of any and all types of light if I felt like it- it's more about what I love to work with and less time messing with tons of gear can help give up more time for the shooting. Yes to get what the client needs it often means a whole atufio full of gear but I'mmjust looking at minimalism as an option.

One photographer recently told me "I'm just tired of buying gear".


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Sep 21, 2010 10:26 |  #22

Jannie wrote in post #10949109 (external link)
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One photographer recently told me "I'm just tired of buying gear".

I don't think I'll ever tire of buying gear, it's the carrying around of gear that gets me. :)


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Sep 21, 2010 10:31 |  #23

I tried downsizing to just a P&S at one point. It didn't work out. :lol:

OTOH I do try to take just what I will need for a given trip or shooting expedition, I never take every lens.




  
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Sep 21, 2010 10:38 |  #24

Ive downsized my gear now. and still I sometimes want to carry that extra 3rd body when I need to shoot.

Its a slippery slope we're all in, I think it's just better so sit back and enjoy the ride!


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Sep 21, 2010 10:42 |  #25

Well, I don't regret having two bodies (5D Classic and a 1D3) and a good number of lenses, simply because my intersests in subject matter have tended to be pretty diverse. But, when I'm out and about I'll often "minimalize", just carrying one of my bodies and maybe just one of my lenses (depending on what "out and about means:)). Which body I carry depends also -- the 1D3 is great because it is an all-purpose high-performance "workhorse", but I do enjoy the lighter compact 5D with, say, the 24-105 as a walk-around kit. So, often I'll be wandering around with a simpe kit, but on those occasions my car will typically be carrying a bunch of stuff "just in case".


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Sep 21, 2010 10:50 |  #26

I should add that I am not a victim of the "upgrade fever" compulsion:)! I've had most of my gear for three years or so and am quite happy with it! That's not to say that I don't love, say, the new 100mm Macro lens or the new 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens, or that I wouldn't love to have either the new or the old 500mm f/4 lens, or the 5D2 or the 1D4 (or the soon to come 1Ds4), but that between financial considerations and the fact that I really like the gear I have, I just don't seriously consider upgrading.

It's also kind of funny that right now I have four DSLR bodies sitting around my place! My daughter is staying with me with the 400D I gave her 2-3 years ago, and the old 30D that I loaned my son when I moved to the 5D and then the 1D3 is now back here taking up "space":)!


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Sep 21, 2010 11:05 |  #27

I too have been downsizing a bit. I finally sold my 24-105 and 28 1.8. I am even thinking of selling my 17-40, 50 and 85 as well. I find I can do all I need with just the 24-70 and 100L.


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Sep 21, 2010 11:14 |  #28

picturecrazy wrote in post #10946960 (external link)
...The closest thing in my kit which I consider the closest to being "best for everything" is my 40D, which is the cheapest body I have....

Have you considered the 7d Lloyd?


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Sep 21, 2010 11:17 |  #29

For me, it depends on what I am doing. Sometimes I remove battery grips and grab for lighter lenses.

On the other hand, sometimes there is no substitute for large heavy gear.


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Sep 21, 2010 11:18 |  #30

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I just want MORE! :D


hahahaha. Me too.


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