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Jul 06, 2011 09:18 as a reply to  @ post 12712596 |  #16

I didn't even own a camera when this thread was started! :lol:


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Jul 06, 2011 09:36 as a reply to  @ yourdoinitwrong's post |  #17

In the last hour this thread has more than doubled what it was 7 years ago!


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Jul 06, 2011 09:47 |  #18

Here's a shuffle; can you dig it, fool :)


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Jul 06, 2011 12:07 |  #19

ktownhero wrote in post #12712596 (external link)
With a BMW, you're more likely to actually use the warranty :lol: Of course, Hondas have no pep and sound like farts. I split the difference and go VW :)

Oh wait, what were we talking about again?

Of course you are.

The BMW warranty covers pretty much everything that wears out on all cars (oil changes, bulbs, brake pads, etc).

As for lenses ... if you like a lens and it doesn't say "L" on it ... so what? Shoot with it, don't look at it.




  
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Jul 06, 2011 12:53 as a reply to  @ RandyS's post |  #20

Like the OP, I get excited about how certain lenses perform, not necessarily what color they are, or what letters are in the model number. My 17-55/2.8 is a good example; I could have easily had something with a red ring and "L" on it for the same price, and was indeed considering the 24-105, but it would have been as good a choice for my exact needs.

Usually though, you can't go wrong with the L, especially in longer focal lengths. Canon has a reputation for making optically decent wide and standard zooms (nifty fifty, 18-55 IS, etc), but piss-poor consumer zooms in the longer lengths. My 100-300mm USM was the worst lens I've ever used on any camera, owned or rented, and it's the reason all my teles have been L's since.


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Jul 06, 2011 13:00 |  #21

vitacura wrote in post #12712593 (external link)
Wow.. a seven year old thread revived!

And here I was just about to clean up some of my subscriptions on old, dormant threads. I guess you never know when one will come back to life. (I wasn't subscribed to this one, though.) ;)


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Jul 06, 2011 13:32 |  #22

yourdoinitwrong wrote in post #12712651 (external link)
I didn't even own a camera when this thread was started! :lol:

Me too not even a P/S.


I know more about gear than I know about photography :p
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Jul 06, 2011 13:41 |  #23

90% of my lens are all L. I do say that L or non-L, does not make a difference. It is the skills within one photographer.




  
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Jul 06, 2011 13:53 |  #24

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Jul 06, 2011 17:00 as a reply to  @ joayne's post |  #25

I dont think my L lenses count in this discussion, they werent made at the point this thread started,lol, if they had been ,the OP would have thought different:cool:


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Jul 06, 2011 17:22 |  #26

lol wow... when this thread started i was still in college...

anyways, i have more lenses than i can use, and none of them are L. i'm very big on value, and L lenses are simply too expensive for my taste. although there are L lenses that i like, and it will be nice to have AF on my native canon mount, other alternative lenses are 20% the price of an equivilant L lens!

i'm thinking about consolidating my lens somewhat and go for a 135 f2... but i got the zeiss sonnar for 10% the price of the canon L, and it's an excellent performer!


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Jul 06, 2011 19:34 |  #27

The Warlock wrote in post #12715212 (external link)
I dont think my L lenses count in this discussion, they werent made at the point this thread started,lol, if they had been ,the OP would have thought different:cool:

Agree, there is no 70-200 f/4.0L IS and f/2.8L IS II. :D


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Jul 07, 2011 13:11 |  #28

I have yet to meet a woodworker who didn't prefer sharp tools. You can put a sharp edge on any tool but some tools hold that edge longer (and for this you may choose to exchange some of your kids' inheritance.) Some tools fit the hand better, some are simply nicer to use. Some are simply primitive but owning them gives the woodworker a sense of wonder at the hands that once crafted something magical with nothing more complex....

I have no doubt that _in_the_right_hands_ superb images can result from modest equipment. Photography is as much an art as it is a craft - but there is craft too and I don't have the right hands. Nice glass - whichever label it carries - does bring with it a sense of "If the image is poor, there's no doubt that I need to work harder." So I will shoot blah images but I will look at what others are achieving with the same gear. I'll think about what they've done and next time my images may be a little better.

...and even if my images don't get better, I am _trying_damn_hard_ to improve. This grows me as a person. I'm happy to be nudged along by some fine optics.


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Jul 07, 2011 13:51 |  #29

yourdoinitwrong wrote in post #12712651 (external link)
I didn't even own a camera when this thread was started! :lol:

neither did I :D
Though I bought my first camera about 5 months later :D

E.D. Sterns wrote in post #152450 (external link)
Obviously there's nothing wrong with your approach to buying photo gear. It's like anything else. A Honda will get you to the store just the same as a BMW, but which would you rather have if you could have either one?

Some people do get excited about fancy glass. Everyone has something they lust after. For some it's cars, for some it's optics. Different strokes.

I think it's wrong to compare photography equipment to cars simply because they are more like tools to create something rather than some object you want to show off :p


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Jul 07, 2011 15:22 as a reply to  @ FuturamaJSP's post |  #30

Now I have L lenses I can no longer blame my kit.

I just have to face the reality that I am a rubbish photographer..........​.....:(


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