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Do You Really Need To Own More Than One or Two Lenses?

 
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Nov 01, 2011 20:24 |  #31

RDKirk wrote in post #13339810 (external link)
And you clearly did not read the rest of my post.

I did, and if that 5% matters to you, then 2 lenses is inadequate. And claiming a TC (as others have) doesn't count as a lens, even though it changes the FOL range you have available, is another cop-out. Personally, I don't think that letting your equipment limit your shooting is any kind of acceptable situation.


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Nov 01, 2011 20:25 |  #32

RDKirk wrote in post #13339810 (external link)
And you clearly did not read the rest of my post.

I did, I just don't fully agree. I understand what you are saying but to me it seems to apply to those who are doing more than shooting for the pleasure. Shooting for enjoyment to me is just that, getting out there and creating pictures because it's fun. I could care less if I ever make a penny from them and very few folks will ever see them. If I want a lens because it adds to my fun value, then I need it. I need no other justification.


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Nov 01, 2011 20:28 |  #33

How many tools in your toolbox? If you want, you can have one len and one body but if you have something really important to image choices are better. What do what to do? Then what do you need to do it!!!




  
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Nov 01, 2011 20:29 |  #34

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How many tools in your toolbox? If you want, you can have one len and one body but if you have something really important to image choices are better. What do what to do? Then what do you need to do it!!!

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Nov 01, 2011 23:35 |  #35

duane0524 wrote in post #13339652 (external link)
Good point what more do you need beside 16-300mm at 2.8? I think a nice fast prime or two or six would look like nice with this group.

I've tried primes, we don't get along.




  
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Nov 02, 2011 06:56 |  #36

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If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
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Nov 02, 2011 07:44 |  #37

I understand what you are saying but to me it seems to apply to those who are doing more than shooting for the pleasure. Shooting for enjoyment to me is just that, getting out there and creating pictures because it's fun. I could care less if I ever make a penny from them and very few folks will ever see them. If I want a lens because it adds to my fun value, then I need it. I need no other justification.

So your answer to "Do I need another lens?" is "it adds to your fun value?"

My answer was: "Get another lens when you discover that your current lenses are blocking your artistic intentions."

Most of us in photography like it for its gadgetry. But if making good pictures is the primary intention, too much gadgetry can become an impediment to creativity. A picture can be missed while one is trying to change lenses, a good perspective can be lost because one has not fully explored the capabilities of a particular lens.


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Nov 02, 2011 09:31 |  #38

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Excluding the professionals that make their living in this field, do you really need to own more than one or two lenses, if you are doing this as a hobby or for a simple occasional family type event?

An interesting question you pose Sir...! This is very much an 'each-to-their-own' .....

If you just need a single lens to cover 'most' eventualities & you are not too bothered about image quality for enlargements - then an all-purpose 18mm-250mm would do for the occasional snapper. You can then select your 'specialist' lens of choice be it a Macro/Portraiture/Arch​itectural/...etc.

Where image quality, lens performance (speed) and build quality are crucial factors for your kind of photography - be that even as a 'hobbyist' - then the wide array of the Canon 'L' lenses would be beneficial.
As so so many of the Members here fall into this latter category - (just look at their gear list in their signatures), inevitably lens collections abound.


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Nov 02, 2011 18:32 |  #39

Until my son stops playing sports, yes, because he's all over the place, literally.

After he stops, I think I could sell a few. And probably will, unless Canon makes the entire mount go away.


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Cham_001 wrote in post #13341961 (external link)
An interesting question you pose Sir...! This is very much an 'each-to-their-own' .....

If you just need a single lens to cover 'most' eventualities & you are not too bothered about image quality for enlargements - then an all-purpose 18mm-250mm would do for the occasional snapper. You can then select your 'specialist' lens of choice be it a Macro/Portraiture/Arch​itectural/...etc.

Where image quality, lens performance (speed) and build quality are crucial factors for your kind of photography - be that even as a 'hobbyist' - then the wide array of the Canon 'L' lenses would be beneficial.
As so so many of the Members here fall into this latter category - (just look at their gear list in their signatures), inevitably lens collections abound.

Interesting reply! I suppose this is no different than my fly fishing gear. Four rods, five reels and eight fly lines and hundreds and hundreds of flies. If I could do it all again, I would only have two rods (one being a backup in case of an accident), reels, lines and about a dozen favourite fly patterns. I also tie my own flies. I have more wool and yarn than a church full of old ladies. At a point it becomes over kill. I'm not going to make the same mistake with my newest hobby. I'm going to keep it plain and simple. I'm pretty sure I will have just as much fun as the guy next to me that looks like a walking photo store!




  
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Nov 03, 2011 12:30 |  #41

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I'm going to keep it plain and simple. I'm pretty sure I will have just as much fun as the guy next to me that looks like a walking photo store!

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Nov 03, 2011 12:49 |  #42

I'm actually probably going to sell a couple of mine off so I can readjust a little bit.

Going full-frame recently is forcing a reshuffle of the glass.


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Nov 03, 2011 12:58 |  #43

At a point it becomes over kill. I'm not going to make the same mistake with my newest hobby. I'm going to keep it plain and simple. I'm pretty sure I will have just as much fun as the guy next to me that looks like a walking photo store!

That's what I've been talking about. Having more equipment than you know what to do with or more than you can handle is an impediment to creativity, not an aid. The best way is to use what you have until you see that you need something specific to go farther--when you have in your mind exactly the picture you want to take with the new lens, then you "need" it.


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A couple of years ago, a friend of mine bought a fly rod & reel for the tune of $1,100.00 for these two items. Did Karl catch more trout than usual? Had his casting abilities improved? Absolutely not. As a matter, he had a lousy seven day fishing trip because of it. He expected much more because of the very top notch equipment he was using.

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Nov 04, 2011 14:05 |  #45

CU Wader wrote in post #13345053 (external link)
I have more wool and yarn than a church full of old ladies.

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