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What did you regret buying first starting out?(Spelling corrected)

 
fredrikb81
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Apr 01, 2012 05:18 as a reply to  @ post 14189751 |  #91

Tripods...

I first bought a cheap-o tripod and was utterly disappointed. Then I made the same mistake again and went for another compromise (Manfrotto 055 series).

Finally I went for the Gitzo and now I am all set. But is was an expensive route to get there...

Not saying that everyone should go for the most expensive gear directly, but the morale of the story is that if you have high demands of quality, it might be worth buying less stuff and getting really good versions of the stuff you do buy. For example, don't bother upgrading camera bodies every year, but save up for great glass instead.

Just my 0.02.




  
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Apr 03, 2012 12:29 |  #92

v35skyline wrote in post #14188681 (external link)
Probably because it has a poor downward tilting angle. I'd go with the Cheetah qbox24 instead.

It was exactally that (sorry I forgot to come back to this thread). From what I see the Qbox and the Chinese versions seem much better to use and set up.

For the 17-55 I just did not like the focal length and the images it was producing. It was mainly my fault, but after using the 24-105L with the 5DII, it felt like night and day between the two lenses.

As for the 85 1.8, it a good lens but I simply did not enjoy the focal length.


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Apr 07, 2012 15:19 |  #93

Getting a too heavy tripod at first(Manfrotto 055 XPROB). Now I'm going to sell it and get a carbon fibre Gitzo clone(after some research, of course). And no, a 500€+ Gitzo is not an option.


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Apr 07, 2012 15:28 |  #94

The EF 75-300mm lens. Canon should just stop making them. I got it as part of a kit package with my 60D before I knew anything about lenses. I could've picked the 55-250 lens instead as part of the package, but no, I figured "300mm > 250mm". Oh, god, it makes me mad just thinking about it...what a dope!

Oh, and my crummy "department store", "leg braces are good, right?" tripod, which I'm STILL looking to fix with a better one :P


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- Manfrotto 055XPROB • Manfrotto 496RC2

  
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Apr 07, 2012 16:04 |  #95

For me it was:
1 - an Expo Disc white balance filter. What a useless piece of junk.
2 - a Blackrapid strap. Canon says the tri-pod thread was never meant to support the camera's weight
3 - a cheap tri-pod
4 - a photo vest. I actually thought I needed all those pockets.


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Apr 07, 2012 16:10 |  #96

James P wrote in post #14226531 (external link)
4 - a photo vest. I actually thought I needed all those pockets.

They do come in handy for keeping change for the parking meter, and for storing candy bars and small bags of nuts or granola bars! Then, when someone asks, "Are you a photographer?", you can deny it by saying, "No, I hike a lot and this keeps up my energy". :lol:


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Apr 07, 2012 19:18 |  #97

Manfrotto Tripods, 70-200 f4, Kata bag, the list goes on...




  
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Apr 08, 2012 02:45 |  #98

BoysClub wrote in post #14227287 (external link)
Manfrotto Tripods, 70-200 f4, Kata bag, the list goes on...

You regret the 70-200 and a manfrotto tripod?


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Apr 08, 2012 07:23 as a reply to  @ James P's post |  #99

why the black rapid strap? i know they are expensive but i love mine and they get good reviews here




  
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Apr 08, 2012 07:36 |  #100

hugues wrote in post #14229344 (external link)
why the black rapid strap? i know they are expensive but i love mine and they get good reviews here

He says why:

James P wrote in post #14226531 (external link)
2 - a Blackrapid strap. Canon says the tri-pod thread was never meant to support the camera's weight

So by that I'm guessing he meant that he read that and ditched the strap immediately.


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- Kenko Teleplus MC4 DG 2x teleconverter

- Manfrotto 055XPROB • Manfrotto 496RC2

  
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Apr 08, 2012 08:13 |  #101

canadave wrote in post #14229378 (external link)
So by that I'm guessing he meant that he read that and ditched the strap immediately.

Or, the tripod thread didn't support the camera's weight, the camera dropped and he was denied warranty...

Although I haven't heard of something like this happening before.

My biggest regret has to be accepting my dad's old tripod. It's not that it's horrible, but rather that it isn't. It isn't to heavy (2kg) it isn't utterly unreliable and it just doesn't break. But it just isn't really comfortable or sturdy and not too tall. Which makes it kind of uncomfortable to use being 6'4"... So the okay-ishness makes it kind hard for me to justify spending a few hundred bucks on a new tripod.
Also getting the 18-55mm kit lens was a mistake. I should have gotten a dedicate UWA and the 50mm 1.8.


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Apr 08, 2012 08:22 |  #102

j-g wrote in post #14229508 (external link)
Or, the tripod thread didn't support the camera's weight, the camera dropped and he was denied warranty...

If that had been the case, I figure he would've written something like this:

"I found out the hard way that the tri-pod thread was never meant to support the camera's weight"

;)


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- Kenko Teleplus MC4 DG 2x teleconverter

- Manfrotto 055XPROB • Manfrotto 496RC2

  
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Apr 08, 2012 08:27 as a reply to  @ canadave's post |  #103

My biggest regret...joining the photography community, reading the reviews and viewing the images, and then going out and spending all of my expendable cash on photography equipment.:D:D:D


just a few of my thoughts...
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Apr 08, 2012 08:30 as a reply to  @ pbelarge's post |  #104

Just kidding :D


just a few of my thoughts...
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Apr 08, 2012 08:33 |  #105

Silk Pro 700DX aluminum tripod. It's a very well made solid tripod but its also doubles as a battle axe. No chance in hell was I going to drag that thing on a plane with me back to Iraq.

I ended up buying a Promaster Carbon Fiber tripod and good manfrotto swival head. It's sturdy ENOUGH for me and actually fits inside my camera bag.

I also regret spending money on UV filters. I want to love them but they are just not very useful to me.


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