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Was buying a 5D4 a stupid decision ?

 
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Feb 10, 2017 12:29 |  #1

Was buying a 5D4 a stupid decision ? I do love photography and it definitly is part of who I am. I will shoot the odd wedding here and there but it's not something I'm pushing for since I do have a full time job and shooting weddings would take me away from my wife and kids. Most of the weddings I do are from referrals, so my marketing is mostly word of mouth. I have no website but a I do have a nice Flickr account.So, for the most part I use my camera to photograph my kids and family events. I also have a 5D3 that's been relegated to backup body and it only has 26K actuations !

Anyone else out there in the same boat ? It's not like a can't afford all this camera gear and I am happy with all of it... :-)


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Feb 10, 2017 12:34 |  #2

I don't think you made a stupid mistake, hobbyist can have nice equipment too. I'm a hobbyist and I too enjoy having nice toys to play with. You're able to afford your equipment. Can you spend the extra money on other things? Yeah, of course you can. If it's not keeping you from providing for you family, I don't see anything wrong with it at all.


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Feb 10, 2017 12:44 |  #3

Did it put you in debt or are the kids going hungry? If not, great decision.


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Feb 10, 2017 12:47 |  #4

Personal finances as well as family well being not affected. Thanks guys ! :-)


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Feb 10, 2017 12:52 |  #5

I think photography as a vice, where one has 2 good bodies and a handful of good lenses, is a great thing, as long as the equipment is being used, otherwise it is clutter and a depreciating asset. (I have seen too many Hoarders episodes)

Some like boats, fast cars, ton of tech in the man cave, etc, so less than $5000 in 2 camera bodies doesn't seem too extravagant for a hobby provided your financial needs are all being met elsewhere.


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Feb 10, 2017 12:52 |  #6

For me it is. I did not know anything about Canon. I came from a Sony crop camera. And I used all the presets on it. I should have researched more before spending a lot. I needed it for my work and business. And now I have to deal with learning how to use it. I took 5 classes so far :(




  
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Feb 10, 2017 13:39 |  #7
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I have an entire closet full of gear. I don't need any of it. I like it. I enjoy it. I can afford it. I am sure buying your 5D4 was a good decision. It is smarter than dying with a pile of money.




  
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Feb 10, 2017 13:43 |  #8

Bassat wrote in post #18269724 (external link)
It is smarter than dying with a pile of money.

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Feb 10, 2017 13:47 |  #9

Ok, I'm feeling better about my purchase ! :-)


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Feb 10, 2017 14:40 |  #10

Nothing wrong with paying for a hobby. It's very normal that enthusiasts have better equipments than the pros nowadays. How are you liking the Mark IV? I'd love to upgrade too :)


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Feb 10, 2017 14:53 |  #11

Patbil10 wrote in post #18269676 (external link)
Was buying a 5D4 a stupid decision ? I do love photography and it definitly is part of who I am. I will shoot the odd wedding here and there but it's not something I'm pushing for since I do have a full time job and shooting weddings would take me away from my wife and kids. Most of the weddings I do are from referrals, so my marketing is mostly word of mouth. I have no website but a I do have a nice Flickr account.So, for the most part I use my camera to photograph my kids and family events. I also have a 5D3 that's been relegated to backup body and it only has 26K actuations !

Anyone else out there in the same boat ? It's not like a can't afford all this camera gear and I am happy with all of it... :-)

If it didn't create a financial burden, then I can't say it was a stupid decision. On the other hand, its hard to see how owning a 5D3 and a 5D4 is practical in your situation. Even a 5D3 and 7D2 would be more practical because of the 1.6 crop factor, if nothing else. With that said, everybody has made impractical purchases because they simply want something regardless of how much sense it makes to have it. Did you buy the 5D4 because it you wanted the latest and greatest, or did you buy it for some other reason?


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Feb 11, 2017 03:00 |  #12

Nearly all hobbies are money pits once you get fairly serious about them... be it firearms, vehicles, photography, boats, etc. As long as you can afford it and it's getting some use, then I wouldn't worry about it. Photography isn't what pays my bills, so I'm another one with a closet full of gear who only does paid shoots a few times a year. I hope that as I get older that trend will reverse and I can shoot more and "work" less :lol:. Until then, I'm thankful that I can afford my expensive toys and try to shoot as much as I can.


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Feb 11, 2017 13:44 |  #13

Photography is on the cheaper side in terms of expensive hobbies.


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Feb 11, 2017 14:57 |  #14

panicatnabisco wrote in post #18270638 (external link)
Photography is on the cheaper side in terms of expensive hobbies.

So true. For me, it's on par with camping, canoeing, and painting. The other hobbies that my friends engage in are so much more costly - boating, big game hunting, golfing, attending football games, motorcycle and car collecting, etc. Photography is a bargain!


So no, buying a 5D4 wan't stupid at all - you only paid a few thousand for it.......you can use it for a couple/few years and then sell it and recoup at least half your money!
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Feb 11, 2017 21:04 |  #15

About ten years ago we paid 16K$ cash at Toronto boat show for V-hull boat. It was stupid, but kids like it.
I sold 5Dc after it started to show its age and never liked 5DMKII. On previous week I almost purchased 6D for kids, family and else, but paid for another Leica instead. It is stupid, but my 500D still works well. ;-)a
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