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Which L's are worth the price and which L's do you think are over priced?

 
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Sep 08, 2009 12:12 |  #76

tkbslc wrote in post #8605347 (external link)
Your personal income and budget cannot be ignored.

Even if I would use a 200L every day, The $5000 price tag would mean I would have to impact my family's finances in a big way. No lens is worth that to me, regardless of its usefulness.


Well, I did say it is a personal decision. For me the lens is worth every penny. It allows me to shoot in environments and situations that I wouldn't be able to with other glass.

Like I said my photography has been supporting my family (full time) for 20+ years and more than pays for any equipment I need. but I'm also very selective about the equipment I buy. I only own 4 lenses but they are lenses I would hate to have to work without. And when you don't try and buy everything you sometimes are surprised at the gear you can afford.

I would hope that someone would have better sense then to drive there family into financial ruin but good camera equipment has always been expensive.




  
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Sep 08, 2009 12:20 |  #77

I agree with amfoto1.


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Sep 08, 2009 12:25 |  #78

mitsu13gman wrote in post #8605622 (external link)
Just one point regarding the TS-E lenses being overpriced.

All of the TS-E lenses are sold by Canon for a loss.

Don't really beleive that one, sorry.


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Sep 08, 2009 12:52 |  #79

I'll comment once my 24-105 L arrives.


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Sep 08, 2009 13:01 |  #80

mitsu13gman wrote in post #8605622 (external link)
Just one point regarding the TS-E lenses being overpriced.

All of the TS-E lenses are sold by Canon for a loss.

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Sep 08, 2009 13:01 as a reply to  @ dharrisphotog's post |  #81

tkbslc wrote in post #8605710 (external link)
Don't really beleive that one, sorry.

Consider the cost of research, development, tooling, and manufacturing and then consider how few are sold.

Those lenses exist to make the Canon lens lineup the most complete line of lenses available.


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Sep 08, 2009 13:11 |  #82

I predict you'll be very pleased :D. It's great for weddings, landscapes and pictorial exhibits.

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Sep 08, 2009 14:50 |  #83

tkbslc wrote in post #8605347 (external link)
Your personal income and budget cannot be ignored.

Even if I would use a 200L every day, The $5000 price tag would mean I would have to impact my family's finances in a big way. No lens is worth that to me, regardless of its usefulness.

you can only say that if you're not using it professionally. there are plenty of indoor gymnastics photographers that rely heavily on the 135L and 200 f/2L for their work. i've even heard some say that the 300 f/2.8L is too slow for their work. if you're pulling in $100k+ as a professional sports photographer, that useful $5k lens suddenly because a bargain. ;)


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Sep 08, 2009 15:35 |  #84

10-22(non L but with L glass inside) when I think of it...more expensive than FF 17-40 constant F4...and it is a EF-S lens, no weather seal, f4.5, no hood...


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Sep 08, 2009 16:23 |  #85

alt4852 wrote in post #8606550 (external link)
you can only say that if you're not using it professionally. there are plenty of indoor gymnastics photographers that rely heavily on the 135L and 200 f/2L for their work. i've even heard some say that the 300 f/2.8L is too slow for their work. if you're pulling in $100k+ as a professional sports photographer, that useful $5k lens suddenly because a bargain. ;)

Not sure how that contradicts the statement I posted, but yes I agree. If you make $100K of a 5K investment then you have not had a negative impact on your family's finances.


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Sep 08, 2009 16:34 |  #86

tkbslc wrote in post #8607068 (external link)
Not sure how that contradicts the statement I posted, but yes I agree. If you make $100K of a 5K investment then you have not had a negative impact on your family's finances.

it wasn't meant to contradict you. i was just mentioning the caveat that the reason why $5k might be considered out of the question for you would be that it wouldn't serve as a major source of income for you. i'm sure if it did, you would see it differently. that's all. :D


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Sep 08, 2009 18:15 as a reply to  @ alt4852's post |  #87

To me, there's no over priced lenses. As long as I can use the focal length and aperture to capture the exposure I want. They all worth the price.
Not to mention the development cost as well as production scale will affect the prices, plus marketing/ pricing strategy, etc.


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Sep 08, 2009 18:19 as a reply to  @ dharrisphotog's post |  #88

tkbslc wrote in post #8605710 (external link)
Don't really beleive that one, sorry.

mikekelley wrote in post #8605904 (external link)
Proof?

I believe it's from Canon EOS Digital Photography by Serge Timacheff. I can look up the exact page and paragraph reference, if need be.

As someone already said, if you don't believe this, and believe that the lenses are overpriced, then you should probably be selling your prints for the cost of paper and ink.

There is a great, gaping chasm between "too expensive for me to justify" and "unfair profit margin."


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Sep 09, 2009 11:09 |  #89

mitsu13gman wrote in post #8607704 (external link)
There is a great, gaping chasm between "too expensive for me to justify" and "unfair profit margin."

I think most who are saying these L's are too expensive really mean..."too expensive to justify"


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Sep 09, 2009 11:50 |  #90

Everything is relative. They are only worth what you pay if they do what you need them to do. If a less expensive lens does the same thing as well "for you" then get that one. We all have different wants and needs and that drives what we value in life and what we consider "worth the price".


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