Ok guys n gals, without going into to much humbling detail, there's a little over $4k in payments I will need to make in about 2 months. I have relied too long on my profit sharing in my career to cover these annual blessings, but since this year has seen more employee layoffs and cash flow crunches than previously, my projects made money in 2009, but the distribution of these funds are not available to be released right now. So, i feel I must liquidate some assets...my camera gear has the most to offer (thought about my car, but not enough equity built up yet)
So, the gear list shows what I have. First off, one body has to go, I don't do weddings so the extra body is a luxury. I'm about 99% sure the 1d IIN should be sacrificed, since my 5d won't get as much green. The rest of the lenses..well, I need help.
I shoot lots of everything, macro being my least practiced. I did get a few paying gigs doing portraits (3-4 people max) and a little soccer revenue in 2009 using the Mark IIN and my 120-300. I dabble in architecture a little too.
I am weighing what I can get out of them, vs what I can repurchase maybe next year when things pick back up...which I am hopeful it will. I know for a fact I will pay more, and I accept that, I just don't want to feel like I sacrificed my most enjoyable hobby to survive the creditors in the meantime.
If it helps, all of these lenses were purchased new in late 2007 and are mint in physical conditions. The IIN body was used when I picked it up, but recently checked/cleaned by Canon and has a new screen.
My few days of heavy thinking has me with this as my first option -
- 1dMarkIIN ~ $1800
- canon 70-200/2.8IS ~ $1600
- Tamron 90mm ~ $350
- canon 24-70/2.8 ~ $1100
- Zenitar 16mm FE
- Sigma 50/1.4
- canon 85/1.2
- canon 135/2
- Sigma 120-300
Am I out of my mind here? Any other reasons or logic I should be considering with the availability of lenses, the price increases, loss of etc? Alot of you have given some solid advice in these lens forums, and I now need your help and direction.