Tom Reichner wrote in post #18347805
Ok, I think I get that........but that leads me to wonder; if your photographic goals are not to create "wall-hangers", then what are they?
I mean, what is it that you are trying to accomplish with your photography? Perhaps the answer to this, acquired via some introspection, will lead you to a better idea of what to do with the $750+-.
As far as title goes, I was referring to what the Title Fairy has put under my avatar. It may or not be true. I am OK with it, either way.
Accomplish? Well, uuhhh, ummm, errhh, ... yes, accomplish. Really? Nothing. I take photos of whatever comes up. (I've put this out in other threads. If you've seen it, skip to the next paragraph.) Kids (grandkids mostly) playing sports, Halloween, baptisms, weddings, summer cookouts... general life of the family. I've always had a camera. My mother bought me a Brownie Hawkeye Flash in about 1965 or so. I was eight years old. Photography fascinated me. "If I point this little box at you, I can preserve you, and this moment in history forever." To my mind, cameras are time travel in a box. I have photos (not that I took) of my mother at 14, my 30-something grandfather with my 5 year old uncle, my father's (WWII Marine Vet) last Veteran's Day, my great-grandmother's wedding. In some sense, my mother will always be 14, and my dad will spend eternity crying over what he did/saw on Iwo Jima, Siapan, and Tinian. I also take photos of whatever strikes my fancy. Flowers in the yard, bugs, cropdusters, old tractors, country bridges, yadda-yadda. There are probably 200 of my photos hanging in my house. Most of the photos my entire family uses on Facebook are mine. I am happy with all of that. I can look through my photos and see my best cat ever, Sammy, just like we was 20 years ago. Or my 30-something daughter when she was 6. Honestly, nobody but me sees most (98%?) of my photos.
Some of my photos happen to be fairly good, in my wife's opinion. I am much too harsh a critic of my own work, as most photographers are. I have $15,000-20,000 (new prices) of photo gear in my closet not because I need any of it. It is there because I can afford it. Some of it gets used once or twice a year. My cameras and accessories are just toys, but they are an essential part of who/what I am. When I want to try something new, I buy something new (used/refurbed). I have stopped selling lenses because I have re-purchased too many of them. It is cheaper to just put them in the closet.
This thread is simply about suggestions for some way to go with my next purchase. So far, I am leaning to just putting the balance of my camera fund back into the family pot. I really don't want (let alone need) anything. Just looking for something that strikes my fancy. Same as I've been doing for 50+ years.