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06-02-2020, 05:53 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Astro-Baby Quote
I could have been Becky Sharpe and walked off with a huge haul of valuable stuff but I have to live with myself and sleep nights so gave a realistic valuation.
Good for you. It will probably make you happier to live with a clean conscience

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I do have the urge to buy expensive stuff once in a while. I have tempered myself to only buy not just what I can afford, but stuff that doesn't feel too expensive to be a sacrifice in other areas.

I once ignored that advice and I will share that it adversely affected the lives of the people I love.
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I do have the urge to buy expensive stuff once in a while. I have tempered myself to only buy not just what I can afford, but stuff that doesn't feel too expensive to be a sacrifice in other areas.

I once ignored that advice and I will share that it adversely affected the lives of the people I love.
I have changed my perspective on 'expensive'. I realized that the modern, digital trend of chasing IQ was my GAS downfall. At some point I realized that digital full frame has absolutely no advantage over APSc for what I do. Sometime later I realized that a snap-shooting hobbyist with $12,000 worth of photo gear is just absurd. I started buying film gear about 2 years ago to get back to my roots (I'm 63, grew up on film). I spent a decent chunk of change buying 645N, 35A, 45-85FA, and 80-160FA. That aside, the rest of my gear is 35mm. I got a perfectly functioning Canon EOS K2 on E-Bay for $9.88. These days, $100 for a lens is EXPENSIVE. I just splurged on a 25 year old Canon 1N; for $125. THAT was EXPENSIVE.
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There's also... I don't really need or want it but wow, that's a really good price for that!

And... I feel like I haven't bought anything in a while (it was only 6 weeks ago), I should look around and see what's out there
That's how I ended up with duplicate lenses.

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Maybe dream bigger*.... I'm currently trying to pursuade my wife that I need Triumph Scrambler 1200..... so I can ride the backroads (impersonating Steve McQueen.... badly no doubt) and do my photography thing.

* I guess a leica dream is about the same size

I've been retired 10 years now.... and we are going ok money wise.... so I seem to becoming more prone to flippant expenditure urges.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bassat Quote
I have changed my perspective on 'expensive'. I realized that the modern, digital trend of chasing IQ was my GAS downfall. At some point I realized that digital full frame has absolutely no advantage over APSc for what I do. Sometime later I realized that a snap-shooting hobbyist with $12,000 worth of photo gear is just absurd. I started buying film gear about 2 years ago to get back to my roots (I'm 63, grew up on film). I spent a decent chunk of change buying 645N, 35A, 45-85FA, and 80-160FA. That aside, the rest of my gear is 35mm. I got a perfectly functioning Canon EOS K2 on E-Bay for $9.88. These days, $100 for a lens is EXPENSIVE. I just splurged on a 25 year old Canon 1N; for $125. THAT was EXPENSIVE.
Yes, you're right. APS-C these days is pretty damn good...I cannot believe how good my D500 is sometimes, even at ISO6400. And it is a camera that has a huge shutter life and will last for many years to come.
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I'm currently trying to pursuade my wife that I need Triumph Scrambler 1200..... so I can ride the backroads (impersonating Steve McQueen.... badly no doubt) and do my photography thing.
I bet you'd get over that razor wire fence and have the photos to prove it.
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Before a purchase I think to myself, am I going to still use this 5 years from now?...or am I going to wonder why I bought it in the first place? That pretty much resolves any desire over new equipment.


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we are going ok money wise.... so I seem to becoming more prone to flippant expenditure urges.
Financial stability is certainly a nice thing to have. It is comfortable, secure and completely boring. It seems to me in many areas of life, that nothing is quite as spectacular as instability.

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I bet you'd get over that razor wire fence ...
Better yet, have a video camera trained on you so your family can make a tidy sum off the youtube videos in case you don't.

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I can report that my GAS is under control. There was this K-30 in the classifieds for a good price, but being mindful of the the Chinese aperture solenoid affliction, I stayed away. This week I learned from reading stuff on the interwebs (this forum, actually) that the flash solenoid in my K-x will fit the K-30 if the worst happens. The K-x is pretty tired and needs duct tape to keep body and soul together the battery door closed, so I really want need another Pentax body. So I went to the used goods store that was advertising it. Sadly it as not there anymore. They forgot to pull the ad. Now if I had responded earlier, the K-30 could have been mine. But no matter, those are the breaks.

I then went to another used goods store around the corner. They had a Sigma 70-200mm AF lens for a reasonable price, but I kept my wallet in my pocket. I already have two Sigma 70-300mm zooms (one regular and one APO), one Pentax 70-210mm and one Pentax 100-300mm. One could say that I am good as far as tele zooms go. As for primes in that range, I can do 85mm, 100mm, 135mm (two) and 200mm (two). No need for another zoom, even a reasonably priced one, then.

When I got home, I checked on a local auction site. They have these snap auctions on Fridays that run from 09:00 to 14:00. There was a Pentax K-m body with Pentax DA 50-200mm lens. I already have a K200D. The K-m is the budget version of this. What would I want with another 10MP CCD body. Just in case the K200D dies? Nah, let's not go overboard. Besides, if this new doggy needs a visit to the vet it could be an expensive mongrel. And a 50-200mm is not needed, as I said before. So I did not bid. The thing went for a rock bottom price but a bidding war might have ensued if I got involved.

So there is my story for the week. Perhaps I should reward myself for being a good boy. There is this 100mm macro lens that is on sale. Oh, wait...
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Currently undergoing a cycle, which started last year really. I've pretty much cracked it in terms of what I want, I just haven't got it yet and there's a couple more decisions to make. Most of that has been finally deciding what kind of photographer I am and what I enjoy. I briefly dabbled with the thought of a full frame mirrorless but they don't really appeal and a lot of lenses seem an ungainly size on them. I found myself attracted to small primes again which I already have in Pentax, so now I'm after a KP, a 20-40ltd, possibly a 15 Ltd and a 1.4 tc, maybe a 70 and I think that will suit me. After that I may give up reading this place as it's bad for the wallet!
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QuoteOriginally posted by skierd Quote
The cycle of GAS and the bloat or regret that follows
I can honestly say that for me any kit purchased is on a need/demand basis... i.e. one that current kit cannot cover.

Hence I seldom buy... as I'm lucky enough to have the bases already covered.
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The situation around the temptation of the 100mm macro sorted itself out. It is not advertised anymore, presumably sold. It was on sale for months. I really should have not have procrastinated. I blame the lockdown and working from home thing. Yes, I could have had it delivered. But then I would have had to answer awkward questions when it arrived at the door. The local government frowns upon GAS, you see. I could have gone to the shop to pick it up, but that would have taken several hours. It's hard to explain a prolonged absence to the local government when working from home. I actually need special permission from my employer to go to the office, you see. Not having to go to the office has its downside...
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