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03-27-2012, 01:20 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bramela Quote
I am waiting on a lens arriving in the mail......again, and, believe it or not, my wife is VERY encouraging.

She often says, in response to my comments " well, why don't you go ahead and buy it?" Am I unique/lucky/fortunate or what?
I have the same fortune as you Bramela - in fact I was kind of agonizing over buying a DA* 60-250 the past couple days - when my wife took notice of what I was looking at, she told me I had better buy it - you only live once!

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I'm working on a way to pick up a 35mm lens and contribute to the summer holiday at the moment... The lens is going to happen... The holiday is for the moment dubious...
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Enjoy! I'm waiting for my tax refund and I'm sure I will picking up either the DA*200 or 300!
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see my wife keeps tabs on me and my money so this tax pay day i got some lenses but not the greatest but to tell you the truth i cant see why i would need some really expensive ones either i'm not a pro at this any way. well i got a quantaray 28-90 and another quantaray 70-300 in all i spent about 150 on them both and i am happy that i was able to even get them this year so have fun with the new glass maybe ill be as fortunet some year to get something like that

but to tell you the truth i love the 2 lenses i got and i think that is all that matters


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Wow! Have 3 lenses on my list right now and wish I could get them all at once, but my wife would be very unhappy. How do you like the 8-16? I want something wide, but am having a hard time deciding between the 10-20, 12-24, or the 8-16.
The Sigma 8-16mm is a great lens. It isn't small by any stretch, but then again neither is the 12-24mm.

There are pros and cons to each. DXO makes a module for the 12-24mm, and it really does wonders for the sharpness and distortion of wide angles (it does for every lens, but not as pronounced as with W.A.s), so for me, that would be a big pro...of course if you dont have DXO then it's not applicable.
The 8-16 is an almost entirely different animal. The difference between 8mm and 12mm on the wide end is like night and day. However, the 8-16mm is much more specialized, and I wouldnt consider that a candidate for a "walk around" lens. The 12-24 can be used as that purpose at the long end.
The 8-16mm is sharp enough that I wouldnt consider the 10-20mm, and I've had both. The 10-20mm is a fine lens, but not what I would consider great.

So there you go...it comes down to your priority, do you want the ultra ultra wide angle of 8mm, or do you want the versatility of a very wide angle to a wide angle.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
My wife bought me a DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR for my birthday. I think I'll keep her................
I would keep both
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I'm with you there! I've just "invested" in a DA 15mm Limited and it arrived yesterday so not had chance to have a play yet. Like you I work hard all year round so the occasional treat is no bad thing :-). Oh, and my wife keeps buying handbags and shoes so she has her guilty pleasures as well!
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Seems like the right thing to do IMHO

As I always tell my wife, "you are lucky I don't play golf any more (it's ca. $200+ a round almost anywhere over here at a weekend) because THAT is money down the drain" (as are the golf clubs which cost a fortune and devalue faster than the Nigerian Niara). I tell her that the lenses I buy can usually be sold on at the buying price or just a small loss at worst and some even make a profit to balance it all out !

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I don't even have a wife and SHE still says no.
I might be lucky to sneak a cheap old prime or two in there, as long as it looks the same as the ones she knows about... Now which one of my lenses does the 400mm 5.6 look like
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I might be lucky to sneak a cheap old prime or two in there, as long as it looks the same as the ones she knows about.
How do you make the FA 77 look cheap and old?
Get the silver one?
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This could be a separate thread of "I can't believe she/he fell for that". A couple years ago I upgraded from a Nikon D80 to a D300, left the new one on the counter, got her to take a few shots, and she never knew. Of course I eventually told her about the benefits of sensor dust shake, weather sealing etc, and spent several cold nights on MY side of the bed!!
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How do you make the FA 77 look cheap and old?
Get the silver one?
haha fortunately that was very early in the piece. (She was still in the trying to impress me stage and value of purchases was not scrutinized ) and yes, silver was the obvious choice
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My financial director has no problems with my photo purchases as long as they don't enter the Real World, i.e. they don't appear on credit statements. So I sell and buy stuff on eBay. Whatever happens within my PayPal account is my business only. No excuses needed; no begging allowed. No suspicion as I wander around taking "test shots". Domestic tranquility reigns supreme.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
My financial director has no problems with my photo purchases as long as they don't enter the Real World, i.e. they don't appear on credit statements. So I sell and buy stuff on eBay. Whatever happens within my PayPal account is my business only. No excuses needed; no begging allowed. No suspicion as I wander around taking "test shots". Domestic tranquility reigns supreme.
That's exactly what I do also. This way I also need to justify to myself if I should buy something or not. Want something? Is there enough in PayPal? If yes > go ahead. If no > find what you want to sell to help pay for it.

Now there are times when the credit card comes out, but there is always a plan to be able to pay it off right away. When I do go that route, I will usually treat my wife to a "gift" into her PayPal account of $100 or so. Probably not needed, but it makes me feel better.......
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