davidfarina wrote in post #16144108
I know someones not just saying its the last lens, but now i have to put a limit. I think i will not buy another lens or camera once per year
What is the best way to get cured of that expensive disease?
I dunno if limits would work. they might at first, but eventually you'll find reasons to break the rules. so here's what happened to me...
many years ago, when the 40d was the best crop camera out there, I had some money to blow. I ended up with a ton of "dream" lenses.... 85l, 70-200l, etc... somewhere around $15k of lenses. all purchased within months! I justified the purchases with saying that I didn't buy them--I was renting them for free. as you know, lenses depreciate little, and if you buy cheap enough, you can routinely sell for profit. anyway, $15k was in the closet.
one day, they were gone. stolen from my own house. (yeah, I know, they should have been insured by homeowner's insurance, but for complicated reasons they were not.)
I was a mess and was sure I would never be able to buy back the gear. I didn't even want to shoot pictures thinking it was pointless.
years later, I got a new gf. I also got a few raises along the way. I saw her take some pictures with a crappy point and shoot and thought I saw talent, so I bought her a new 7d + kit lens. well, she didn't like it and gave it back to me...... so I used it.
just the 7d + kit lens for more than a year. took tens of thousands of pictures. and I started getting better and better. eventually, I found situations where I just could not get the shot I wanted without a specific feature, in this case a bigger aperture. so I bought a 17-55 IS. took thousands more pictures and got better still. then i found more situations where the 17-55 IS would not suffice, ...2 years later, i got my 7d + 2 lenses...... and so on. and i got better still.
strangely........ the theft made me a far better photographer, and also cured my own GAS. it made me make the most out of my 18-135 kit lens. and it also made me think of the lenses as an artist's brushes, like tools. i did not prize them anymore like trophies or collectibles. i only bought a new lens when i knew i needed it, and already planned ahead of how i would use it. and i was rewarded by great pictures.
so... here's my solution for you:
1. pick one single lens.
2. shoot with it for months or a year. no other lens.
3. when you realize you've made the most out of that lens and just cannot get the right shots anymore, then pick one other lens.
4. repeat with the 2 lenses.
this will make you change your point of view. they're just tools then. and you'll get better pictures. i can tell you, my 7d+ 18-135 took far better pictures than i ever have with any of the previous lenses.