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Nov 22, 2013 22:12 |  #1
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what other hobbies do you have that are expensive?

its just ridiculously fun to take pictures and do things with it but why so expensive????


its like the one career that i can see taken over by hobbyists

i thought photography was a hobby and didnt think about the career aspect of it.

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Nov 23, 2013 06:30 |  #2

jjaenagle wrote in post #16473422 (external link)
its just ridiculously fun to take pictures and do things with it but why so expensive????


its like the one career that i can see taken over by hobbyists

i thought photography was a hobby and didnt think about the career aspect of it.

sorry for my random comments.... its late

Most hobbies are expensive and most professional gear is expensive...


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Nov 23, 2013 06:48 as a reply to  @ DetlevCM's post |  #3

Answer A. Expensive.... You're joking, they're giving away cameras for free with phones now.

Answer B. If you are going to mix alchemy, art and technology together that's never going to be cheap.

Answer C. I'm a wave, I'm a particle, wave, particle, wavicle and you want me to go where....

Take your pick.

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Nov 23, 2013 07:54 |  #4

Then for sure don't take up bass fishing


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Nov 23, 2013 08:01 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #5

Photography is the cheapest hobby I have. You should try owning dressage horses. I have four and they cost about the equivalent of a new starter home every year.

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well thats good to know there are a lot more expensive hobbies haha



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Nov 23, 2013 08:23 as a reply to  @ jjaenagle's post |  #7

What isn't expensive these day's? As mentioned hobbies typically are expensive and pro level gear even more so.


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Nov 23, 2013 08:34 |  #8

Try collecting upper end watches, photography will seem cheap then. I collect pocketknives to the tune of almost 700 bucks this week alone for 2 peanuts(knife pattern not the salted variety)


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kjonnnn wrote in post #16474085 (external link)
Once you decide and get your gear, it's very INexpensives. Itll only become expensive if you're chasing every new feature and upgrade.

i can see that. in know my 24-70 mk ii will last me forever and get me my money back



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Nov 23, 2013 12:21 as a reply to  @ jjaenagle's post |  #10

You want something expensive? Try raising children!

No matter your income, they take everything you earn plus 20%




  
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Nov 23, 2013 12:28 |  #11

jeez, I remember when I had to pay for film (so does Kodak)


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Nov 23, 2013 13:49 |  #12

I was into Hot Rodding before and it is easily 10 times more expensive and you'll lose 10 times the money if you ever resell your gear.


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it's expensive only if you are buying professional grade gear... you can pick up a 5dc and a 24-105L for $1,100 or so and that's a great set up




  
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Nov 23, 2013 14:16 |  #14

windpig wrote in post #16474013 (external link)
Then for sure don't take up bass fishing

:lol:
This is actually my response when I get hassled by people/security etc who think I must be a pro. "Some people have a big bass boat, I've got a big camera."

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No matter your income, they take everything you earn plus 20%

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Nov 24, 2013 04:01 |  #15

Scatterbrained wrote in post #16474639 (external link)
:lol:
This is actually my response when I get hassled by people/security etc who think I must be a pro. "Some people have a big bass boat, I've got a big camera."

bw!

I suppose it is one of these things that are hard to put into perspective for many people.
Back when I was doing my A levels someone boasted about spending 45 or 90 pounds or so on drinks in a night... - my teacher said that that would last him several months!!

But if you don't drink - or "go out", that's the equivalent of more than a 5D MK II/III every year...

A lot of small things can easily sum up to a lot as well. Speaking of small things... I do like my pasta here in the UK (one of the few things that are failsafe and taste fairly well :)) but even cooking that at home, the Emmentaller quickly gets expensive... (3.50 for 300g and you can use a whole bar/half of it in one portion of pasta...) - the pasta itself, cooking it, pesto or butter or mozarella are cheap in comparison...
Or all those people who drive long distance... - driving is expensive and while train travel in the UK is daylight robbery (relative to the service it is worse than severely overpriced...), those who drive would pay still a lot more...

Lastly, especially if your hobby contains non-consumables it is very hard to judge actual cost because you get to enjoy it for ages.
I am writing with a Montblanc since Spring 2007 - you buy it once and then keep it a lifetime and you get the joy of a great perfectly crafted pen. You can work out the price per month (drops every month its owned), but how do you quantify the joy of writing with it??


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