I've been in debt before and I'm not interested in being there anymore because of non-essential purchases. Now I buy whatever photo gear I want with whatever I earn through photography so I guess I'm self sufficient.
Gallery: 127 photos
Best ofs: 6
Joined Dec 2009
"I need a grip . . . on my life"
Joined Jun 2009
Location: Boston, MA
Joined Sep 2008
Location: Downey, CA
Thankfully only $300 from the Canon EOS M deal I couldn't pass up.
Joined Feb 2008
Location: Georgetown, Ky
How much debt am I in because of photography - $0. How much I've spent is a different story, but I've never gone in debt to buy anything photography related.
Cream of the Crop
Gallery: 48 photos
Joined Jan 2005
Location: Alberta, Canada
I say stupid things all the time
Gallery: 45 photos
Joined Mar 2003
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
I don't upgrade to anything unless I have got the money for it.
Joined Mar 2007
Luckily, none. I went through being in debt for almost 30 years. Been debt free for a decade. That's what I get being in the same job for almost 35 years.
Too much stuff, not enough shooting time.
Joined Nov 2012
This is strictly a hobby for me and I'll consider myself lucky if I can buy expensive lenses. I actually was just able to buy a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM. I had the cash for it and I can pay off my credit card at the end of the month. I would not go into debt for this hobby. If I was able to run this as a business, then I could justify taking out loans for new equipment. As a hobby, just no. I'll leave loans for things like a car, house, or something I absolutely need and cannot live without. Lenses are nice to have, but not essential.
Canon Rebel T3i - 18-55mm Kit lens- Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 - Rokinon 8mm Fish Eye - Canon 40mm f/2.8 Pancake - Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Higgs Boson wrote in post #16219136
none. my cars, motorcycles, and photo gear are all paid in cash. when I couldn't pay cash for these items, I did not own these items. plain and simple.
Same here, no money in the bank = no food. Only exception was the house, but although I still have a mortgage 12 years later, I could pay it off.
Cream of the Crop
Joined Jul 2008
my parents taught me to buy everything in cash. I wondered a lot how so many people were geting brand new lenses, brand new top of the line bodies. The whole concept of leasing and financing was something I didn't learn of till last year. I figured everyone was just way more wealthier than I was
POTN is my life
Joined Jan 2009
Location: Bucks UK
Paulstw wrote in post #16219108
We all know how expensive this hobby/job can be, however, for most of us its just simply a hobby, and we want the best of gear as much as anyone.
I just wondered how much debt photographers get into to fund their G.A.S or hobby so to speak.
Only asking because I'm about to fire a 70-200 2.8 IS II onto my credit card and its making feel a little ill lol.
I did that on Friday but I think i'm going to call them tomorrow and tell them to cancel it hasn't been dispatched yet.
I own a bunch of Canon stuff and I love taking pictures. Follow me on twitter
Cream of the Crop
Gallery: 137 photos
Best ofs: 3
Joined Sep 2010
Location: ɐılɐɹʇsnɐ 'ǝuɹnoqlǝɯ
Canon 5D3 + Zoom (EF 17-40L, 24-105L & 28-300L, 100-400L II) & Prime (24L II, 85L II, 100L, 135L & 200 f/2.8L II; Zeiss 1,4/35)
Gallery: 3 photos
Best ofs: 1
Joined Mar 2009
To add on to the count: zero debt due to photography.
7D | EOS M | Sigma 30mm f/1.4 | Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM | Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM | Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM | flickr
Joined Jun 2010
Location: Kingwood, TX
Joined Apr 2008
I only have student loans. I pay off my credit card monthly (although I use it to buy everything to rack up points. :cool