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View Poll Results: How many lenses do you own?
1 10.33%
2 - 3 113.63%
4 - 5 3210.56%
6 - 8 6220.46%
9 - 11 5317.49%
12 - 15 4414.52%
16 - 20 289.24%
21 - 25 216.93%
26 - 30 154.95%
31 - 40 134.29%
41 - 50 41.32%
51 - 75 82.64%
76 - 100 41.32%
101 - 150 41.32%
151+ 30.99%
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05-16-2012, 07:56 AM   #76
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Oh, I know when to shut up about certain things. That's why I don't mention all my [deleted] or [deleted] or [deleted] because... because it wouldn't be prudent. But I could talk about my comix collection, if you wish.
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(Shall I mention CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 ??)
... or my collection of St Emilion, etc. (various years applicable here )

05-16-2012, 08:38 AM   #77
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
... or my collection of St Emilion, etc. (various years applicable here )
Oh don't go down that road, my wine storage makes my photography habit look downright inexpensive


(though my wife sees more value in the dollars spent there)
05-16-2012, 08:40 AM   #78
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
... or my collection of St Emilion, etc. (various years applicable here )
QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
Oh don't go down that road, my wine storage makes my photography habit look downright inexpensive


(though my wife sees more value in the dollars spent there)
I even have an application on my iPod/iPad to track mine

seems a common theme
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All I can say is, certain objects around my house could be sold for more money than I've ever spent on photography, total. They're the old-age stash, eh?

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Ah. Wine.
LBA is nothing!
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What the...

I have two, more than two is too much to carry for me! And I don't like to leave my lenses at home.

I am used to seeing 6-7 lenses tops in other people's arsenals. Even 10 is too much to my eye.

I saw something like 235 lenses, 500 lenses in the first page. Wow. Those guys must be collectors rather than photographers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Crosshair Quote
I saw something like 235 lenses, 500 lenses in the first page. Wow. Those guys must be collectors rather than photographers.
I'm the guy with 235+ lenses (until I sell a dozen or more Real Soon Now) and I'm not a collector. I'm 1) a lens librarian, able to answer questions about many lenses, and 2) a lens trader, trafficking on eBay so I can get better stuff.

About part 2: I have about zero disposable income; if I want to buy something, I must sell something else first. That lens count doesn't include the 125+ others I've sold to help pay for the keepers. I've made about 100% profit on those I've sold, so the process seems to work for me.

But I love lenses and their differences. I have 50 Fifties, lenses in the 50-59mm range. I hope to soon sell maybe 5-10 of those. That still seems like a lot, eh? But they aren't the same lens 50 times over; they don't render pictures the same way. Are some days I'll use a half-dozen Fifties; and the next day, a different half-dozen.

Each lens is a different window on the world. Most artists don't limit themsleves to a few brushes; I don't limit myself to a few lenses. Why should I? Here is a kit-building strategy, by priority:

1) Coverage - a bunch of zooms covering 10-500mm
2) Speed - fast lenses at 24-28-35-50-58-85-135mm
3) Specialties - macros, mirrors, fisheyes, pinholes, etc
4) Character - older slower lenses just render differently
5) Mania - whatever optics I can stick onto the camera

The first hundred are the hardest.
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I have viewed this thread about 10 times but only voted once. Is this the answer that you are looking for?

Don't think so. It does not change the count from same viewers.

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@RioRico well sir, I see your point here. didn't mean for harsh criticism if you took it that way. I am just astonished at the figures. I am already astonished at 20+ lenses.

maybe it is because of my growing style into the dslr-world. before everything I strive to appreciate my current gear, seems the logical way instead of feeding a LBA. otherwise I would have added an 55 1.4, an 10-17 and a 55-300 to my arsenal already. but I need to get to know my lenses first. maybe you've completed that process, or maybe your take is much more different. all are respectable.

I am used to gears that complete each other, such as 15mm-35mm-85mm-135mm but here on this forum things are quite different. I see sets of AF lenses which overlap in terms of mm and have a hard time understanding why. but yeah, it only comes down to taste and budget. If I saw such thing on a Canon or Nikon forum, I wouldn't be so surprised, but here... my astonishment is partly caused by that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Crosshair Quote
I am already astonished at 20+ lenses.
In time, in time, that number will change. I was content with 17 lenses for 14 yrs.
It will increase slowly until a certain number, then exponentially.

number of lenses
3-10 : explorer of photography
11-20 : good equipped for the job, or just started artistic photography
21-30 : start to collect some manual lenses
31-40 : still collecting prime lenses, main use of primes and manual lenses, second body.
40+ : knowing well what to look for, what price, multiple bodies,
60+ : at this point, you may grown out of pentax glasses. what ever maker, don't care shot film or digital, multiple bodies,
100+ : you may have a network of friends getting/fixing the lenses you want...
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The number of lenses one needs can be represented by this expression: N + 1

N = the number of lenses you currently own

My maths GCSE suddenly takes a whole new meaning.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
1) Coverage - a bunch of zooms covering 10-500mm
2) Speed - fast lenses at 24-28-35-50-58-85-135mm
3) Specialties - macros, mirrors, fisheyes, pinholes, etc
4) Character - older slower lenses just render differently
5) Mania - whatever optics I can stick onto the camera
QuoteOriginally posted by hoanpham Quote
3-10 : explorer of photography
Rio, have you just summed it up right there? 5 categories of lenses.

I have only recently got my 3rd lens. Given I have been practising photography for 3, nearly 4 years now, and my 3rd arrived last week, where do I fit into this? I may be an exception, seeing as I'm at least 3 years off adulthood...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Crosshair Quote
didn't mean for harsh criticism if you took it that way. I am just astonished at the figures. I am already astonished at 20+ lenses.
No problem; it's not as if I *dislike* blathering about this, heh heh. A poll on the ManualFocusLensesForum showed that members there AVERAGED over 100 lenses each. One admitted to over 1500. So I am a mere piker.

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before everything I strive to appreciate my current gear, seems the logical way instead of feeding a LBA. otherwise I would have added an 55 1.4, an 10-17 and a 55-300 to my arsenal already. but I need to get to know my lenses first.
I know the lenses I have, and I also know where they're insufficient. Ask yourself: What do I want to do that I can't do with what I have? When my best cam was an advanced P&S, the answers led me to the K20D, DA10-17, DA18-250, and FA50/1.4. Further answers led me to the Tamron 10-24, fast and mostly cheap manual primes in 24-28-35-58-85-100-135mm, mirrors, macros, other stuff. And when I can find them CHEAP, I'd be a dolt to let them get away.

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I am used to gears that complete each other, such as 15mm-35mm-85mm-135mm but here on this forum things are quite different. I see sets of AF lenses which overlap in terms of mm and have a hard time understanding why. but yeah, it only comes down to taste and budget. If I saw such thing on a Canon or Nikon forum, I wouldn't be so surprised, but here... my astonishment is partly caused by that.
I'll plead ignorance of CaNikon forums. About overlaps: The 5% of my pile that are zooms may seem to overlap. Not counting a few cheap AF midrange (~28-90mm) zooms which compete with each other, and the DA10-17 which overlaps noting except other fisheyes, I have these: Tamron 10-24, DA18-55, DA18-250, Vivitar 19-35, F35-70, Schneider Betavaron 50-125, Tokina 55-135, various ~70-210s, FA100-300, and Lil'Bigma 170-500. Many overlap in coverage but not character nor other properties (close-focus, AF speed, ease of handling, etc). Each has their place.

And it's fun to build distinct mini-kits. My ultra-light mini-kit has various tiny slow lenses that weight under 450g /16oz total. My sharp-zoom minikit has fairly small lenses that the DA18-250 doesn't replace. Then there are minikits by brand or nation: my Takumars, Germans, Russians, etc. Each has their place.

Yes, it all depends on taste (desires) and budget (possibilities). What fun!

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23... Not as many as some but enough (now I've actually counted them) to think I may have a problem...

One of them (A-35mm-f2) needs a repair... Not buying any more for a while...
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19: 10 AF and 9 MF ranging from 19 - 400mm. In my defence (or defense, if your prefer), I share some of these with my teenage daughter.

If pushed, would categorise my LBA status as incipient but stable. Prognosis remains favourable whilst funding deficit persists!

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