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Apr 29, 2018 06:17 |  #16

Expensive new cameras are much like a mistress, both might cause a fight upon discovery, but one of these might cause loss of an appendage or life itself. I would suggest discussing either beforehand to test the water. I always word it like "it's not you, it's me, and I need a change. Either a fling on the side or this new Sony A9, which should I get?"


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Apr 29, 2018 10:33 |  #17

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So there was a discussion ages ago on Flickr about how people hide their purchases of camera gear from significant others who many not be happy about them spending so much on camera gear. It was actually very funny and I thought it would be fun to start it again here.

So what are your methods for making secret purchases?

Hiding spending is a fine way to make the "significant others" become insignificant.

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Apr 29, 2018 15:15 as a reply to  @ AZGeorge's post |  #18
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If one has to hide their camera purchases from their significant has to wonder what else is being hidden and how significant the other really is.

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Apr 29, 2018 19:53 |  #19

When it is your living, then you buy what you need to make $$$$. Without cameras there are no vacations, no groceries, no house, no cars and no shoes for mama.

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Apr 30, 2018 14:31 |  #20

My wife manages the finances so there is no "hiding". We discuss and she realizes I'm careful with money and spend plenty of time trying to decide whether to get something or not. I will admit though, right after Xmas, I was going to spend a little money on some things with Xmas present money. I ordered it a couple of days before she left for a week and used some Amazon gift card we had. That way it arrived while she was gone and didn't hit the credit card either. She will tease me a lot so this avoided it. It was still budgeted though. That's the closest I've come to hiding a purchase.

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Apr 30, 2018 14:42 |  #21

I never hide it but never gone into detail, we are a bit different we are not married but split the household bills. So really my money is my money. Her eyes did pop out of her head when she was there when I got my 5DIV. I think that is when she started to figure it was not a cheap hobby.

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May 20, 2018 20:36 |  #22

The trick is to accomplish something with your camera gear that your significant other considers important. I have not received any static regarding photo gear purchases since I began to shoot portraits of our rescue dogs. My wife is the vice president of Maltese Rescue California and I photograph several hundred rescue dogs each year...

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May 27, 2018 09:31 |  #23

I just hope when I die she doesn't sell my gear for what I told her I paid for it!?! ;-)a

Seriously, the only time we had an isue is when I paid $12,000AU for a 200 - 400 f/4. I had just come into some money & I didn't want it all swallowed up in the mortgage, I wanted something to show for it.

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