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When is enough is enough?

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Nov 18, 2013 23:25 |  #1

I think I'm suffering from mild symptoms of GAS based on the number of lenses/cameras I have possessed over the last 12 months:

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70-300mm L
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The question is what makes you satisfied with your current gear without lusting for another lens, etc. I guess it's based on needs and wants, and the desire to acquire new toys. Its probably akin to women and their collection of expensive shoes, handbags, etc!

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Nov 18, 2013 23:41 |  #2

I get gear itchy too, but ultimately it comes down to finding what gear works for you. I've used 70-200's, 24-70's, own the 17-40L still, but I've found that I'm just not a zoom person. My favorite focal length is 85mm, it's the perfect balance of compression and a good working distance. I did a family session yesterday and wasn't even tempted to touch another lens

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Nov 18, 2013 23:50 |  #3

completely relative.
the answer depends on too many factors to make anything anyone here says truly relevant.
i will assume that you can afford it, and if so, then whatever makes you happy
after all - it is a hobby (i am guessing according to your wording above)
I think GAS can be a problem if you think and expect that any perceived shortcomings in your photography will be solved ONLY by new hardware. If that is not why you purchased /sold etc the equipment, I call that fine-tuning.

but as I said before, I am assuming a lot to answer your question...making my answer truly irrelevant! :)

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Nov 19, 2013 01:03 |  #4

I have found that, for me, renting gear is a good way to avert GAS for lenses and camera bodies. That said, I have a fairly healthy addiction to camera bags. I'm well on my way to having more bags than I could possibly need and have yet to find a way to curtail my lust for them.

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Nov 19, 2013 01:10 |  #5

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Nov 19, 2013 02:30 |  #6

I think there's people out there that buy gear because they like badges, and red rings. They are saying to themselves, "If I buy the gear people will respect and like my photography"

I bought a 70-200 2.8L mkII IS. People often slag me off for buying it because they think I just want to look cool and pretend to be a journalist or something.

I've dropped it with my 7D, I've smacked it off a wall when I fell into a river, I've lay it down on wet grass, and got it dirty. The lens hood is all scratched and it keeps going. That's why I bought it.

Like a joiner who buys the best drill driver, or hammer, a camera and lens are just tools. No more expensive than most other trades. Find the right tool for the job, and buy the best. Base it on build quality, longevity and overall if it's doing what you need it to.

The natural respect you have for your gear should mean it will stay clean and outlast any car you'll probably buy too, and probably be worth more than the car by the time they bring out new stuff.

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Nov 19, 2013 04:00 |  #7

Haha I hope it ends... :p I'm currently in the phase of wanting to change my 50d... it just doesn't get used any more. I'm thinking about getting rid of the 20d, so the 50d will become the backup, and getting a 5dc. But then i'd quite like a fast 35mm... etc. etc. Hopefully it will end at some point :)

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Nov 19, 2013 04:42 |  #8
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If it doesn't end, my retirement plans are in big trouble.

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Nov 19, 2013 04:47 as a reply to  @ I Love Cats's post |  #9

It is a very subjective thing.....

Personally, I can't currently afford to spend thousands or even hundreds on camera gear so I can't really add much to my collection. On the other hand I've got so used to what I have that I enjoy using it, I can work with/around it so I don't really 'want' for much else.

I often can't decide what to take with me as it is [with 3 lenses] so all these people with even more [& in some cases a LOT more] must surely leave most stuff sat around unused. I guess money is a big factor - If you can afford every L lens Canon make then I guess why not own them.....

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Nov 19, 2013 05:50 |  #10

Paulstw wrote in post #16462939 (external link)
They are saying to themselves, "If I buy the gear people will respect and like my photography"

It works :mrgreen:

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Nov 19, 2013 05:58 |  #11

when I started photography I constantly studied new gear, minor differences etc etc but I'm now happy with my set up and won't be spending anymore money until I feel like I've pushed it all to the limit. The only thing I may spend money on now is petrol to get to landscape locations and maybe some extra studio lighting as I get more into portraits.

I now understand its far more about skill rather than buying a new lens.

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Nov 19, 2013 07:39 |  #12
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First question to ask is why did you go from a crop sensor with zooms to a full frame sensor with primes. A total 180 degrees shift. Is this something YOU needed to do or did reading these forums drive you to do this. What were you trying to shoot that the crop with zooms did not work.

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Nov 19, 2013 08:03 |  #13

I'm satisfied if my gear covers the focal length ranges for the subjects that I choose, plus a macro lens. I don't get the whole GAS experience. I also don't see the allure of so-called full frame. I think it's ironic that people use that term when there's medium format that has larger sensors. I guess I'm an outlier.

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Nov 19, 2013 08:09 |  #14

The best method to solve a GAS syndrom is to use our actual gear instead of dreaming of others ;)


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Nov 19, 2013 08:16 |  #15

Paulstw wrote in post #16462939 (external link)
I think there's people out there that buy gear because they like badges, and red rings. They are saying to themselves, "If I buy the gear people will respect and like my photography"

I'm guilty of that. I just had to have 3rd party lenses :lol:

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