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05-07-2012, 06:37 AM   #1
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How long did it take you to get your system 90% complete?

How long did it take you to get your system 90% complete?

05-07-2012, 09:21 AM   #2
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Next question. Will anybody's system ever be 90% or more complete?
05-07-2012, 09:28 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by slackercruster Quote
How long did it take you to get your system 90% complete?
You mean there's an actual bottom to this hole?
I've been building my kit for a little over 20 years and I see no end in sight.

Not that I'm complaining btw. I actually enjoy the thought of a never ending hobby. I just reached what I'd call a happy medium with studio strobes, and now I'm thinking is a good time to start looking into flash photography
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define 90%, I know I'm not there because there are so many items i want

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I NEVER reached that stage !!!

With my first system as a student in the seventies (East German Exa/Exakta system) I had
Exa500 body + VX1000 body
2 viewfinder systems for the VX1000 (waist level and prism)
35mm + 50mm + 135mm lenses
Macro tubes
Various weak but affordable electronic flashes
Bulb flash
A good selen light meter and a really crappy CdS light meter
A cheap tripod

When a used Pentax ME Super became affordable I changed system (1981). At that time I still had a list of things I thought I would need, which became never shorter, but longer every year:
A Gossen Lunasix light meter (always too expensive for a student)
A prism with built in CdS TTL measuring (absolute crazy prices even used, for that I could have bought a complete SLR system!)
A really good tripod
Electronic flashes were a problem for some years - the strong ones (GN >=28) needed a quite big separate power package, the smaller ones were far too weak. So till mid of the seventies in many cases one still needed to use bulb flashes - bulbs were offered starting with about GN24 up to GN90.

At present, I am using a K200 and I am very satisfied, but...
A K5 would be nice but right now out of my range. K7 only if I would get it VERY cheap.
A lens shorter than my 18-55 WR is on my list but has no priority - I hate to walk around with full equipment and am afraid I might not have it with me when I would need it.
None of my lenses are crappy, but with more money I would replace about half of them for better IQ and/or faster ones. A WR super zoom would be nice, if the IQ would be at least as good as with my kit.

Maybe one day I will be crazy enough to replace my many many SLR bodies by just a LX and a MZ-S. I am just not sure they would get enough use - presently I find I am really only using the MX, SuperA and MZ-5n, and of these mostly the MX. And the main reason I am using them at all is that I don't own anything wider than the kit for APS-C, the small size of MX and SuperA, and my SMC-A 50/F1.4.

If I had a DSLR the size of the MX/ME and the performance of the K200, and a F1.4 lens between 28 and 32mm of the same IQ as my A-lens, I doubt whether I would go on using film bodies.
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Three months.
The next 9% took three years.
The remaining 1% may take three centuries.

That's how accumulations proceed.
The first zillion is the hardest.
There is no end.
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When I got my Kodak Retinette... I was about 12 and at that time I couldn't imagine I would ever need anything else.

And now that I think of it, I really don't, not for 90% of the shots.
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I was young and inexperienced when I assembled my my first 35mm SLR system.
Unfortunately I was persuaded by much of the hype. Thank you, Modern Photography.
Consequently I set my sights on numerous items that would turn out to be a dead end for me.
It was expensive, time-consuming and exasperating.

Experience taught me best what I would actually use. The SLR kit I carry today is quite simple:
a Pentax manual focus camera body with fast 35mm lens mounted, plus a short telephoto (portrait) lens,
a polarizer and some film in a smallish Domke bag.

When I switched to Pentax these were the first items I assembled.
Though I have acquired numerous Pentax bodies and tried many lenses over time,
the above listed gear alone still accounts for probably 90% of my photos taken with an SLR.


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Cameras are almost like computers; no matter how much one spends it is frequently never enough.

As an example; even if one bought an 11k Pentax 645d and still another 20k in other items; one would still find countless ways to want to almost continually upgrade.
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When I think about it - a $15 Olympus XA would do just fine for 90% of my shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
When I think about it - a $15 Olympus XA would do just fine for 90% of my shots.
Same here. In fact I use fixed-lens cameras more often than SLRs.
My "kit" consists of a camera w/lens, film and sometimes a filter.

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About 3 Years

Yep, I'm 90% there, but the other 10% would cost me several times what I've already spent.
My trusty K10D and newish K-7 are sufficient for 90% of the work I need from a digital camera body. Until the K-5 replacement comes along, that is!
Plus an Me and Me Super + just bought (and am sending along to Eric for CLA) black MX body.
I have AF zooms ranging from 16mm to 300mm, with an 80-200mm f/2.8 in the mix that's M/F but a good lens otherwise.
M/F primes from 24mm to 200mm with lots of sharp, sturdy + fast "M's" and a couple Taks, an "A" and various Sigma, Kiron, Sears, etc.
A good M/F "M" 100mm Macro + close-up filters.
2 Good A/F digital-ready medium flashes and 2 AF280T's.
A 300mm A/F f/2.8, the new K-5 replacement, a couple of DA primes and maybe a Bokina would bring my LBA/CBA to a screeching halt.
Honestly. Trust me.
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Let see, 10-17, 21, 35, 50, 90, 60-250, 18-135, missing DA 77 1.8, FA 31Ltd, 40 xs, Tamron 70-200 2.8. 7 I plan to keep, 4 I want, I plan to get at pretty much 1 a year. Plus I'd like another k-5 or equivalent. I'm barely half way there. I bought my *ist in 2004 so 8 years 60% there, but, what's the hurry? With the SMC 1.7 TC, DA 10-17, DA 18-135, DA*60-250 and Tamron 90 macro, I get the shots I need. The 21, 35 and 50 are icing on the cake, as will be the 40, 31 and 77. At some point maybe the new 560 or an A 400. But right now wider apertures and more primes is the main priority. As much as I try and tell myself the 60-250 at F4 is good enough, getting to 2.8 or even 3.2 seems to make a huge difference to auto-focus in low light.
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When Mrs Rupert changes the locks while I am out shooting, I am pretty sure it will be 90% complete.

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Why 90% and why not 80%? And how do you know what is 100%?


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