iwatkins wrote in post #152380
Lot of threads running on this at the moment.
However, I just can't get excited about fancy glass. I couldn't give a monkeys what colour a lens is, what colour the little ring is or even what maker's name is printed on it. I care even less if it has the letter L stamped on it somewhere.
I will buy a lens purely based on whether it meets my particular requirements. I will weigh up the costs/features/benefits offered by several makers offerings and then decide based on that. It is a tool, just like the body.
Of the six lenses I have bought in the past 1.5 years, using these simple rules, only one of them is a Canon lens and that isn't stamped with the letter "L".
I still produce good pictures and I still enjoy myself. Hey, and I still have savings in the bank I can use for other things.
Am I wrong ?
Ian(DISCLAIMER - If you are a Pro and you do need to produce the absolute best quality you can to earn money to put food on the table, then I fully understand the reasons to go for L glass. In addition, if you are not a Pro but have loads of cash (or don't mind starving), then by all means, buy L, it is your money).
Someone has some unresolved inferiority complexes to get over.
L costs more cuz it does more... you pay for the privilege to do more. You pay professional prices to get professional equipment.
The same goes @ Home Depot, same goes @ Car dealerships, same goes @ Watch dealers. You pay more to get more. The question is, is the "more" worth it to your pocket. Some of us have deeper pockets, some of us just want the best and are willing to save our pennies for it, and some of us make money with our equipment and must rely on it and are willing to pay for that reliability.
But to make such a loud statement that says nothing is kinda childish.
Lastly, but not least, there is a MAJOR difference between the money invested into bodies and lenses... because Lens prices always go up (especially on the higher-end gear), while bodies are like cars and lose value the minute you buy em, and decline precipitously from month-to-month and year-to-year.
And mind you, this is coming from a guy who only owns 2 L's out of an arsenal of over 30 lenses. And I don't make money from my photography.